John Wall believes that the Wizards need to change things up if they don’t have a successful season.
John Wall is facing a pivotal season with the Washington Wizards. His chemistry issues with Bradley Beal have been well publicized in the past, and this could be a make-or-break year for the backcourt duo.
To poison the chemistry, even more, the Wizards added Dwight Howard to their locker room.
Wall had some interesting thoughts recently about the Wizards and what they should do if this year doesn’t go well.
“I think probably, after this year or next year, if it doesn’t work out, we’ve got to start to find different ways,” the point guard told Washington Post. “But I think we’ve still got an opportunity to improve and get there. Some teams give up quicker than other teams, but I think we’ve still got a lot of opportunity to prove [ourselves].”
Wall is rocking a new haircut these days, and we’ll have to see if it affects his play at all. More importantly, he’ll need to develop excellent pick-and-roll chemistry with Howard soon for the Wizards to remain competitive in the Eastern Conference standings, which is a conference that is completely up for grabs after the departure of LeBron James to the West.
Wall also revealed that he believes his career wouldn’t be complete without a championship.
“I never want to be one of those guys who can’t get past the second round,” he said. “So my next step is making it to the Eastern Conference finals and hopefully to the Finals. That’s my ultimate goal. I think, for me to have a heck of a career, if I don’t win a championship, I feel like my career was a failure. So that’s my ultimate goal.”
This franchise has made the playoffs four times in the past five years, but they have never managed to make it past the second round. That simply isn’t acceptable, especially for how much owner Ted Leonsis spends on the team. He spent money on the luxury tax for the first time last season, and he’s due to pay around $135 million this year.
Wall will have to back up his talk about wanting to win a championship for the fans to truly embrace him. The bottom line is that the Wizards should’ve been to the Eastern Conference Finals, at least, by now with him at point guard, and the pressure will be on him, even more, to take them to the promised land.