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John Wall is one frustrated Wizard

Feb 24, 2011, 10:28 AM EDT

Jrue Holiday, John Wall

“Until we find five guys that really want to fight, compete and care the whole time, it’s really going to be tough.”

That was John Wall’s post-game comment after the Wizards got smoked by the Sixers Wednesday night. He’s frustrated. Good. He should be frustrated. If he were comfortable losing that would be a bigger problem.

But has he evolved into the place on this team where he is the locker room leader, where he can call guys out in the media? Is this the first steps on that road for him.

The Wizards are coasting through the dog days of the season. They are in a malaise. Maybe the trade bringing them Mike Bibby and Mo Evans will change that (but probably not, they did not get more talent in that deal). But what they need more is a leader to take over. We’ll see if Wall can be that guy as a rookie.

You can see him below, the good stuff starts about 30 seconds in.

  1. bababenny - Feb 24, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Kudos to Mr. Wall. The league needs more people with this mindset.

  2. leearmon - Feb 24, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Living in D.C. its almost criminal to see the talent these Wizards have placed around Wall. Leonisis is preaching a youth movement, and tells the fans he will build through the draft. Unfortunately that isn’t going to be enough. Patience is key for the organization, but at some point they will really have to clean house. Im surprised Nick Young, Andray Blatche and even Javale Mcgee haven’t had their names in more trade talks. Its clear Wall is the future, and him stepping up as the leader for Washington is the best thing this town has seen on a pro basketball court since Gilbert Arenas was yelling quality shots at Kobe Bryant, but it may not be enough to return to respectability.

  3. petebone76 - Feb 24, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    I’m not sure how I feel about calling out your teammates in the media but this generation is all about the media/social media, etc. so this may be the only way players like Blatche and McGee would listen. Wall looks like the only one trying on the court and he has a right to be mad. He runs down the court, waits for guys to catch up, and then passes to a guy who takes a terrible shot.

    I went to the last home game against the Pacers and the defensive effort was a travesty. Why isn’t Flip benching McGee and Blatche? Make a statement, Flip. This team talks about going young and changing but you have to change the atmosphere now. Wall can’t do it by just calling out his teammates. The coach has to take charge. Help Wall out everyone!!!!

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