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John Wall on Wizards’ 2014-15 season: “I’m thinking why not our time right now?”

Jun 17, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT

Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall was on NBC Sports Network’s Sports Dash with Dave Briggs and talked about the recently concluded NBA Finals and the future of the Wizards, who took a big step forward to the second round next season.

Highlights of the interview include:

• On the Wizards next season, “I’m thinking why not our time right now?”

• He wants to see the team bring back Marcin Gortat and Trevor Ariza.

• He doesn’t like the idea of raising the age limit to 20, suggesting if teams don’t think a guy is ready they shouldn’t draft him. (You mean have the owners/teams accept the responsibility of their risks? Good luck with that.)

• He says Trevor Booker can’t give him grief about Wall’s terrible first pitch because Booker didn’t even get on the mound. It should be noted Wall improved the next time out.

  1. yesser12 - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    If the Heat break up I think Wizards can make the ECF. They are exciting and seem like they want to get better.

    • tomtravis76 - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      If that were to happen, the wizards should at least make an attempt at Bosh.

  2. azarkhan - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Now that the Spurs have obliterated the Heat, everybody thinks they can do it.

    • bealwithit - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      When LeBron says every team in the league is improving, he is talking about teams like the Wizards. They go from irrelevant lottery team to 2nd round playoff team overnight because their young players improved. A big reason why the East was such a cake walk was because a lot of these teams were young.

      But once the talent gets better and players grow, teams in the East WILL get better. LeBron knows he can’t just sleep walk to the finals every year unless the Heat improve. And he definitely won’t beat a West team if the Heat stay the same.

      • azarkhan - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        I just don’t trust Wizards management or the locker room culture. I think Nene’s criticism of his teammates in November was valid. Also, didn’t the Wizards give up a #1 draft choice to get Marcin Gortat for one year? Whether he re-signs or not, that’s not exactly astute long range planning.

  3. unxpexted1 - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    THey are poised to make the next step. They have a legit starting five and you have to think that Wall and Beal will only get better, with even bigger strides from Beal. If they can get a legit scorer off the bench and front court depth, they can really make some noise.

  4. bealwithit - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Wizards have a shot at the Eastern Conference finals. I give Indiana credit, but the Wizards could have won that series. If Wall and Beal improve, I think they can go past the 2nd round next year.

    It isn’t the West, so their main competition are the Bulls, Pacers, and Heat. Only have to beat one of them to make the conference finals. If Wall can be the best PG in the East and Beal can become an All Star, I really like their chances. Would be nice to see some new teams rise up.

  5. theebadguy - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    They need Porter to step-up (doubtful) and they need to improve their bench. There starting 5 if Gortat and Ariza resign is set

  6. patfic5 - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Presti……you have a legit big available. Or would you still rather Perkins?

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