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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 at 2:50 pm  |  68 responses

John Wall Says He Needs to Be in the Playoffs


Next season is a very important one for John Wall and the Washington Wizards — Wall, 22, is angling for a max deal, and says he needs to push his squad into the Playoffs. Per the WaPo: “An hour before the Washington Wizards’ summer league team played the Golden State Warriors on Saturday at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, John Wall and Bradley Beal were on one of side of the main court at the nearby Thomas & Mack Center, building up a lather and working on their jump shots and ballhandling with assistant coach Ryan Saunders and developmental coach Joe Connelly. Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld and Coach Randy Wittman were off to the side, observing and chatting as Wall and Beal ran around screens, sprinted to designated spots and took shots from both foul line elbows, the corners and the top of the key. They took breathers, with one taking free throws and the other doing dribbling drills. ‘I need to be in the playoffs,’ Wall said in a brief interview after the Wizards’ loss to Golden State. ‘Leaving the season early every year is not fun, it’s no excitement, just going home and watching basketball.’ Grunfeld has repeated that the Wizards plan to keep Wall within the organization for a long time and has until October to lock up the former No. 1 overall pick with an extension. According to a league source with knowledge of the situation, the Wizards have already engaged in discussions with Wall’s agent, Dan Fegan, about getting a deal done. Wall is eligible for a five-year deal worth about $79.5 million. [...] Wall also understands that he plays an important role in making the team a playoff contender, which explains why he and Beal were committed to maintaining their offseason workouts in Las Vegas. ‘For us, it’s just getting better on the court and improving ourselves and do what we’re supposed to on the court,’ Wall said.”

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  • shockexchange

    Interpretation: “John Wall needs to leave the Wizards.”

  • spit hot fiyah

    they have a shot at the 7-8th seed if they all stay healthy.

  • shockexchange

    When was the last time the Wizards made the playoffs … as the theme from “Jeopardy” plays ad infinitum?

  • Nathan Shane Long

    John Wall cant wait to become a Laker in the summer of 2014

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    2008……

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you dumbasses do realize the Wizards were a playoff team with John Wall in the lineup last year right? *checks whose commented so far* …..
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    nevermind.

  • bike

    If you stay healthy for the entire season John, it will happen.

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange hopes John Wall is old enough that his wants/needs don’t hurt.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    (if healthy) they will be a playoff team this year.. i hope that reality hits you some time before they actually start.

  • shockexchange

    It’s not a herculean feat to get the 7th/8th seed in the East. However, the Shock Exchange interpreted Wall’s comments as wanting to make the playoffs and actually achieving some level of success. Otherwise, next year’s article will say, “John Wall says he needs to win a playoff series.”

  • LLC#12

    This is a pretty reasonable goal, they looked good with him in the team

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he said, “i need to be in the playoffs” — there is no interpretation needed is there? just the definition of the words in the sentence.
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    and hopefully? it is a good thing to keep raising the bar.

  • shockexchange

    Making the 8th seed in the East is an extremely low bar. Milwaukee made it while 5-6 games below .500

  • Nathan Shane Long

    they finished 12th place in the east last year DUMBA$$ NOT EVEN CLOSE TO THE PLAYOFFS IDIOT TROLL

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “With John Wall in the lineup”
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    Reading is fundamental. Intelligence, not required. So you should be good if you work hard enough.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    So? Washington hasn’t made it since 2008. You gotta walk before you run.

  • Feez_22

    They were 24-25 with wall and at one point were 24-18 but the team decided to tank and not play ariza/nene the last 7 games. also, beal/webster were injured the last 10 or so games. They ended the season on a 6 or 7 game losing streak mainly because the lineup was wall-temple-cartier martin-seraphin-okafor.

    Think about that. Wall/Okafor (legit players), 2 d-leaguers (cartier,temple) and a bench player in seraphin were starting. Thus, they were a playoff team with john wall in the lineup. if you extend even the 24-25 record across to 82 games they make the playoffs.

    Not to mention the fact that they were 5-28 without john wall. So ya… the wiz should make the playoffs next year barring injuries.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    they still wont a playoff team anyway troll the raptors were the only team in the east to make a legit playoff push after the trade deadline troll

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol, say troll again, maybe then a bridge will appear over my head!!! You are so special. I’d be proud to learn basketball and the English language from you. Stick around!

  • Nathan Shane Long

    that all yall idiots can repeat is that same lame stat “24-18″ really lets talk about his first two season 2010-2011 2011-2012 when he was not hurt and healthy and the Washington had a better roster and talent but were straight garbage though and were called the “knuclehead” team of the league no way they make the playoffs next year the team has no depth inside scoring lack of shooting only beal&webster can shoot and with the upgrades both the Cavs and Pistons made the wizards have no chance

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange doesn’t disagree, but you’re coming off as if you’re predicting something extremely profound.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Huh? You mean quite the opposite right? I’m speaking of this as if it should be freaking obvious.

  • shockexchange

    Okay. It’s obvious that the Wizards should come in at least 6 games below 0.500 … the Shock Exchange gets it now.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    when ever i talk basketball on this website all i do is express my views,feelings,opinions,thought on a subject at hand which i can formulate with my own mind and brain and im real about it hence is the reason why i post comments under my real name you on the other hand being the typical “ANONYMOUS TROLL CUNT” that you are you think everything you post is the truth even though it is not your true views and opinions it is just some copy&paste stats you recite since you obviously cant state you own viewpoints i mean serious do you want a prize for being able to use google to search up random and meaningless NBA STATS you obviously want a trophy for being the most popular but yet annoying TROLL ON THIS WEBSITE

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i don’t put my real name because i do this to waste time. i’m no journalist. my NBA opinion is irrelevant. i realize this. so, on a website, where i know it’s irrelevant, i remain anonymous. because i don’t want what are stupid people (hello Nathan) to be able to find me and bother me in real life. Because some people don’t handle being told, in a serious manner, that they are stupid, very well.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that doesn’t even make sense.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    and i understand why you “TROLL” SO HARD on the website since you feel like you have an audience to TROLL upon and be annoying towards since on your twitter you really have no followers you just recite made up stats from all these B.S. basketball data websites they have clearly brainwashed your idiotic A$$

  • Nathan Shane Long

    HERE SOME INSIDE INFORMATION FOR YOUR TROLL A$$ THAT YOU WONT FIND ON YOUR IRRELEVANT NBA DATA YOU BROWSE EVERYDAY JOHN WALL SINCE COMING INTO THE NBA HAS SPENT EVERY OFFSEASON IN LOS ANGELES THAT IS HIS SUMMER HOME PLAYING IN THAT IRRELEVANT DREW LEAGUE AND WALL LOVES SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND IF THE WIZARDS WONT GIVE HIM A MAX CONTRACT THE LAKERS DAMN SURE WILL

  • robb

    I hope you’re right

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s not insider information. that’s common knowledge.
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    He is a restricted free agent in 2014. do you know what that means? or nah?

  • Enigmatic

    Going to LA every offseason has to mean he’s Lakers-bound? He can’t just love LA?
    Derrick Rose spends his offseasons in LA too, is he Lakers bound? Kevin Love also. Eric Gordon as well. Russell Westbrook too.
    Damn, that’s a hell of a lineup they’ll have when all those guys become free agents!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    LOL, so if they aren’t? if they finish say, .500 (like they were with John Wall in the lineup) or a few games over .500 (like they were with John Wall and Nene in the lineup), what are you going to say?
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    “The Shock Exchange said they would finish at least 6 games below .500 to encourage John Wall to be better”
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    Oh nevermind, I figured it out.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Washington cant match what the Lakers could give him TROLL

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    what are you talking about? why would i be talking to you if i was after attention? i’m getting paid to sit here right now. and have the extra time. might as well waste that time throughout the day to make it go faster…….so basically, to argue with you and all these other people about this nonsense i am getting through my days faster and being paid a living that supports my family to do it…..and you are? on your moms computer?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    actually that’s what a restricted free agent is ignoramus. The team who holds the “restriction” has the right to match ANY offer.
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    oh, and they can also offer an extra year, that no other team can.
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    wrong on all accounts. Good try though, call me troll again, it’s making a difference! i swear.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    anybody close to John Wall knows that he would bolt to the Lakers and become the new “franchise” player after Kobe “RAPIST” Bryant retires

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    man you are just throwing your ignorance around like a monkey throws feces.
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    John Wall HAS NO CHOICE where he plays. if Washington wants him, they have him. Plain and Simple.

  • RR

    Mia, Chi, Bkn, Ny, Ind, Cle, Tor, then Was? Det?.. The last 3 are debatable…

  • Nathan Shane Long

    if Washington is in the lottery again next season as they will be the 2014 draft is loaded with 5-star high school phenoms so they can afford to let Wall go the last time the Wizards gave someone a big contract was Gilbert Arenas and we all know how that turned out

  • Da Real

    John Wall meet LA, LA meet John Wall

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    THAT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE.
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    Why would they let the 2009 #1 overall pick (who is a superstar in the making himself) walk for free, in hopes that they land ONE good draft pick?
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    that is just the most moronic idea i’ve ever heard.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    if you really think John Wall is a superstar you are flat out retarded boy compare him to the other 1st overall pick point guards Kyrie Irving and Derrick Rose okay Kyrie is the best young point guard in the league and the next big thing in league he is a young phenom his skills are far better than John Wall will ever be and made the all-star team at AGE 20 ON A BAD IRRELEVANT F’N TEAM and as far as Rose goes the youngest MVP IN NBA HISTORY BONAFIDE SUPERSTAR HE WAS THE BEST PG IN THE LEAGUE BEFORE THE INJURY NO DOUBT NO TO MENTION BOTH OF THEM WON ROOKIE OF THE YEAR IN LANDSLIDE FASHION UNLIKE JOHN WALL WHO WAS MADE IRRELEVANT BY BLAKE GRIFFIN IN THE 2010-2011 SEASON WHAT HAS WALL DONE OF ANY SIGNIFICANCE IN HIS CAREER? THE “DOUGIE” LMFAO

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol

  • RKJ92

    JESUS YOU ARE F&CKING DUMB JUST STOP AHHHH.. ALL YOUR COMMENTS ARE JUST IGNORANT, AND STUPID. IF YOU DON’T KNOW BASKETBALL WHY ARE YOU COMMENTING HERE!?

  • Enigmatic

    WOW

  • Nathan Shane Long

    I KNOW DUDE THAT WAS SO HARSH

  • Nathan Shane Long

    SO VERY HARSH

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    More like hilariously stupid.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    I STATED FACTS TROLL CUNT

  • Max

    You said he would get a max from the Lakers for sure..
    If that’s not a superstar in the making I don’t know what is.

  • Max

    Hahahhaha

  • Max

    Auwtch.

  • WC_Wiz

    The knuckleheads were Nick Young Javale McGee and Blatche. When you hear guys like David Aldridge talking about the wizards improving their culture, and getting rid of the “knuckleheads ” those are the guys he’s referring to, not Wall. Obviously the teammates he had in his first three seasons were inferior to the ones he had last season.

    I don’t see how having essentially a .500 record with Wall in the lineup is a lame stat, when they were a sub .160 team without him.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    because the Lakers are desperate to stay relevant after Kobe retires and they think the 2014 free agent class will save the franchise and Wall could be the next NICK VAN EXEL and the Lakers do not want to be below the Clippers on the marquee in L.A.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    You can state facts and still sound like a phucking moron.
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    My shirt is grey, clouds are grey, my shoes are grey, so the Spurs should have won the title because they wear grey.
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    Look at that, a bunch of facts and an opinion to go with it. A very stupid set of irrelevant facts to support a very stupid opinion. Just like my main man Nathan Shane “i put my real name so you know just how stupid i am when you meet me” Long

  • Datkid

    I agree John!

  • Feez_22

    washington had a better roster in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 v. 2012-2013? don’t make me laugh. I see that you are another one of those delusional laker fans so no need to type anymore.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    YOU ARE JUST ONE SERIOUS CONDESCENDING CUNT IT AINT EVEN FUNNY REALLY AS I TOLD YOU BEFORE YOU “TROLL SO HARD” IT IS RIDICULOUS ON A DAILY BASIS ON THE WEBSITE AND IT IS OBVIOUS WHY YOU DO IT BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO F’N LIFE AND YOU CAN DENY IT BUT YOU KNOW IT IS THE TRUTH THAT WHY YOU ARE AN OUT OF CONTROL ATTENTION SEEKING TROLL CUNT I MEAN SERIOUS IF I WAS TO PRESENT YOU WITH THE “GOLDEN TROLL AWARD” WHICH WOULD VALIDATE YOUR ATTENTION SEEKING TROLL WAYS WOULD YOU LIKE FUCC OFF AND DISAPPEAR EVEN THOUGH UNLIKE YOUR TWITTER PAGE YOU DO HAVE AN “AUDIENCE” ON THESE BOARDS WHICH YOU NEED TO VALIDATE YOUR PATHETIC LIFE

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Hey you forgot to press caps lock bro?

  • Nathan Shane Long

    they did wall,young,crawford,mcgee,blatche, roger mason mo evans

  • Nathan Shane Long

    wall was one of the knucleheads along with jordan crawford they were just the only two that did not get traded as a matter of fact he was the catalyst since he was the team “star” player also Wall was leading the league in turnovers as well

  • poobear

    Also Boston depending how well rondo and green play. I would give them the same chance as Wizards

  • Feez_22

    so you are telling me wall/young/crawford/mcgee/blatche/roger mason/mo evans is better than wall/beal/ariza/nene/okafor/aj price/webster? LOL

  • Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    I came out of hiding to tell you you’re the dumbest person I have ever seen in the history of this site and you had the guts to post your real name. Wow. Your teachers must be proud of you.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    yes really Trevor Ariza aint been $hit since leaving the Lakers Nene past his prime Okafor washed up bust Webster bust outta high school AJ Price typical scrub bench player

  • Feez_22

    realize the only player that is better than what wall currently has in those matchups is young over beal. everyone else is an upgrade.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    mcgee over both nene and okafor roger mason better shooter than webster and really beal better than young and crawford

  • JL

    If this is what we are getting now that ESPN is doing facebook posting, then I hate ESPN for doing that even more.

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