It’s been a long time since the term playoffs was used in conjunction with the Washington Wizards.
The team’s leader/point guard John Wall is ready to back up the statements that he made to ESPN.
“The goal is the playoffs,” Wall said. “We’ve got the pieces.”
The newly-minted $80 million man pointed to the addition of a veteran as for the piece that will put them over the top.
“We got what we needed with Al Harrington,” Wall said. “He looks healthy, and to bring in a true veteran who knows what it takes to win was important for us.”
Injuries can’t be predicted and Wall stated that they were the only caveat in his proclamation.
“That’s the only thing that can hold us back: health,” Wall said.
Having spent the a large chunk of 2012 on the shelf, he personally knows how sitting on the bench in a suit can derail his club.
Despite his new contract, Wall stated that pressure would be on his back to succeed regardless of what his new price tag is.
“There would be pressure on me either way,” he said. “But I love the pressure.”
“I like it and use stuff like that as motivation,” Wall said. “This is the first time I’ll have a full year where I need to be. I feel like I’m a top-5 point guard in the league, but I’ve got to go out there and prove it.”
Wall has been working on his jump shot and he’s ready to unleash the new weapon in his arsenal.
“I never had to shoot, but now I’m more confident,” Wall said. “I can miss seven or eight shots now and I don’t get discouraged.”
Talk is talk and action is action.
The start of the 2013-14 NBA season is looming.
We will see what is what soon enough.
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