Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall sat down with Marc Spears of theundefeated.com this past week and discussed many topics, from his relationship with Bradley Beal, to DeMarcus Cousins coming to DC and winning a championship with this current squad. The Wizards are currently 41-26, 1st place in the Southeast Division and are in control of the 3rd seed in Eastern Conference standings just 4 games behind the 1st place Cleveland Cavaliers and only 1.5 games behind the Boston Celtics for 2nd.
In his first season under head coach Scott Brooks, Wall so far has averaged career-highs in points (23.2), steals (2.0), assists (10.6), and field goal percentage (.450) this season. After a 2-8 start, the Wizards have climbed all the way up to 3rd place in the Eastern Conference. They even have best record in the NBA since since January 1st (26-9), and are in the midst of a division title. John Wall and Bradley Beal have solidified themselves as one of the best backcourts in the league, averaging a combined 53.7 points on 49.3 percent shooting, 11 three-pointers on 41.8 percent shooting from behind the arc, 14.4 assists, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.3 steals so far this month. Wall also has 2 Eastern conference player of the month awards as well as a couple of player of the week awards this season.
Your Eastern Conference Player of the Week, @JohnWall, in our last four games (4-0)!
29.8 ppg | 11.3 apg | 1.5 spg | 51.7% FG pic.twitter.com/MmIrNr2vXF
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) March 13, 2017
The following is from TheUndefeated.com:
“Everybody should take us serious,” Wall said, referring to if the Wizards are championship contenders or not. ”All we have to do is keep playing like this. That’s the main focus for our last 20 games. Lock in for 48 minutes. When we lock in, we’re a tough team to beat. When we don’t lock in, everyone can beat us in this league.” Wall also talked about Beal’s comments on his basketball IQ on his blog, stating, ”I read it. It was great. We both are young, talented players that want to be great, want to be special. But when you have two young guys like that, they’re going to bump heads. Every superstar [duo], they’ve bumped heads before. We both respected each other to a certain extent [before]. But we know we can’t be the players we want to be without each other. We understood and respected that.”
— John Wall (@JohnWall) March 7, 2017
When asked to describe the relationship between him and Beal he stated, “It never was bad. But now we spend more time together off the court. He had [former Wizards guard] Garrett Temple. That was his guy. I had my guy. But now we spend a lot more time together. We’re just building a bond. We always joke and have fun. We play cards on the plane with each other. All that stuff equaled up to us making a better bond.” Then he was asked about his Kentucky teammate DeMarcus Cousins and the possibility of coming to DC, saying “I talked to him. He said he would come to D.C., but he didn’t know what was going to happen. I didn’t know he was going to be traded like that. We thought it was going to be later on or he was just going to stay in Sacramento. It shocked me just like it shocked him.”
And when asked about staying with the Wizards for his entire career, he responded by saying, “Yeah. Totally. This is the place where I was drafted. My dad was born and raised here. It’s a place where I love to be. I love the city. The city loves me back. My ultimate goal is to try to win a championship. I don’t see myself wanting to go anywhere else. But you never know what can happen in this business. It’s a tough business. You have to respect and understand what is going on. My goal is that I want to be there.”
John Wall on if the Wizards won a title pic.twitter.com/X45NOetFNw
— WizardsTalk (@WizardsTalk) March 15, 2017