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John Wall says the Wizards do too much joking around before games

The Wizards are without question one of the worst teams in the NBA. Through 37 games this season, they have won back-to-back games only once. In order to have an 8-29 record, tons of things have to go wrong. After suffering a 20-point loss to the Warriors on Monday night, John Wall expressed his opinion about one of the reasons for the Wizards’ failure.

“We lost the game before we went on the court,” Wall told the Washington Times.  ”Too much joking in the locker room, too much joking through warm-ups.”

Washington coach Randy Wittman took the blame for the loss, saying that he had a sense before the game that his team wasn’t ready to play, which ultimately falls on the head coach.

This is the second time this season Wall has called out his teammates, with the first coming back in January when he said selfish play was plaguing the team. When you have guys like JaVale McGee who get benched for plays like this one and this one, it’s no surprise your team has the second-worst record in the NBA.

Wall could be one of the better point guards in the game if he had some pieces to work with, but at the moment he is stuck in a horrible situation. Guys are not taking the season seriously because it has turned into a joke. Considering it is only half over and the Wizards are showing absolutely zero signs of improvement, we can expect matters to get worse before the season ends.

H/T Sports Illustrated

John Wall upset he was picked 12th for Rising Star Challenge: ‘It’s a joke to me’

Now that the rookies vs. sophomores game has become the Rising Star Challenge, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal have all the power in making the picks. With those two in charge, somebody has to get heated about something. John Wall has that covered. Barkley selected Wall 12th overall from a pool of 20 rookies and second-year players, and Wall reacted as though his NBA draft stock had slipped and he was going to miss out on millions of dollars.

“It’s a joke to me,” Wall said according to the Washington Post. “If they think there are 11 guys better than me, then that’s their decision. But I know what I think in my mind and all I can do is go out there and play basketball the way I know how to play.

“If they think I’m the 12th-best player out of all of those players, then that’s their decision. That’s my mindset. I know what I worked on this summer and I know what I can do on the basketball court. That’s just one game. I’m not really worried about it. It’s one game. We got more season before the all-star break and after the all-star break, and how I want to finish.”

After a slow start, Wall has picked it up as of late. However, he was not selected as a reserve for the Eastern Conference All-Star team. Part of that is likely a result of the Wizards 7-24 record, but Wall’s 16.9 points and 7.5 assists per game are not that overwhelming. More importantly, someone should remind last year’s rookie vs. sophomore MVP that the Rising Star Challenge — like the All-Star game — is merely an exhibition for the fans. The fact that Wall is that offended by being picked late proves he has a lot of growing up to do.

Flip Saunders Says John Wall, Wizards Played in Too Many Summer Leagues

The NBA has been back since Christmas, yet the Wizards picked up their first victory of the season on Tuesday. There are a  couple of other teams with two wins and several others with only three, but at the moment Washington appears to be in a class of its own. Naturally, people want answers. The Wizards were one of the league’s worst teams a year ago and vowed to improve with their young talent this season. Instead, they have gotten worse. On Monday, Flip Saunders gave an interesting excuse regarding take on what has contributed to his team’s struggles.

“I’ve never been a proponent of (summer exhibition games),” Saunders said according to CSNWashington.com. “I think you pick up too many bad habits and a lot of things you think are going to be very easy [are not]. I don’t think I saw a charge all summer long.

“Usually what happens is it’s on the best player and the coach. That’s part of the responsibility that we all have. The positive thing is that when you’re the best player, you’re usually the one that can (help most). You can help change things around as the coach can.”

While JaVale McGee and other players also participated in summer exhibition leagues, Saunders is surely talking about John Wall.  Wall called out his teammates for playing selfish basketball last week, but his game hasn’t exactly been sharp either.  He is averaging just over 13 points per game and has turned the ball over nearly four times per game.  Like many other players on the team, it often appears as though Wall can’t shake the lockout cobwebs.

Between Andray Blatche complaining about his role in the offense and Rashard Lewis sitting out after an argument with an assistant coach, the Wizards seem extremely unfocused.  The good news is there is plenty of time to turn it around. The bad news is there is ample time remaining for it to get historically bad.

H/T to Eye on Basketball for the story

John Wall Calls Out Teammates for Selfishness, Says Season Could Get Ugly

We may not know exactly what the 2011-2012 season has in store for the Washington Wizards, but we certainly know they aren’t going to be patient. Washington has lost its first six games of the season. They have done very little right to this point, and haven’t really come close to beating anyone. Even John Wall is averaging just under 14 points per game, which is second on the team to Nick Young. Wall’s modest 6.5 assists per game leads the team. According to the second-year guard from Kentucky, selfishness is an issue for the Wizards.

“It’s like everybody blanks out,” Wall said after the Wizards record-breaking sixth straight loss to start the season, according to the Washington Post. “Everybody going for their own. And we don’t have anybody on our team that can just go get his own bucket whenever. You see everybody being selfish on the offensive end and on the defensive end, we’re not trusting each other … If we don’t find a way to play together and win games, it could get ugly this whole season.”

Before the season began forward Andray Blatche insisted he was willing to die for his teammates.  One game into the season, he was already complaining about the way the team was using him offensively.  That is almost certainly part of what Wall was alluding to in calling the team selfish.

Washington entered this season hoping to improve upon an abysmal 2010-2011 campaign, but this is not the start they were looking for.  They were one of the worst teams in the NBA last year and it looks like they might be the worst this year.  Wall is right about one thing: if the Wizards don’t turn it around in a hurry and taste a couple victories, things will get extremely ugly.

John Wall Throws Embarrassing First Pitch at Nats Game (Video)

We’ve seen plenty of bad honorary first pitches thrown at baseball games, and this one by Wizards point guard John Wall is up with the worst of them. Observe:

It’s amazing that someone who can throw passes as pretty as this and dance like an Usher clone can be so terrible at throwing a baseball.

Forearm bash to The Nats Enquirer and New Era Radio

John Wall Ejected After Punching Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Wizards point guard John Wall was ejected in the second quarter of Washington’s game with the Heat. It was very uncharacteristic of him, but after seeing the way his skirmish unfolded, it’s not surprising that he lost his cool. Check out this video of John Wall punching Big Z, courtesy of Ben Golliver at CBS:

The first elbow from Z could have passed for accidental, but after the second one it seemed intentional. I understand why Wall got upset, but he has to be more composed than that and realize that he’s only hurting his team by getting tossed from a game. Big Z for Wall? Miami will take that trade any day.

John Wall Alley-Oop to Blake Griffin Video

John Wall broke Chris Paul’s Rookie Challenge record with 22 assists on Friday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The stats really are meaningless given that there was worse defense played than the French protecting the Bastille, but at least it provided plenty of highlights. The best one had to be John Wall’s bounce pass alley-oop to Blake Griffin. I’ve never seen anything like it. Here’s the John Wall alley-oop to Blake Griffin video:

If there’s even a slight amount of that sort of creativity in the dunk contest, we’ll be in for quite the show. Not bad for a live game, huh?