The Washington Wizards are off to a pretty horrid start. After Friday’s loss to the Sacramento Kings, they’re now 1-4. But, the loss would prompt team leaders Bradley Beal and John Wall to offer some harsh criticism of how the team is playing through five games. NBA drama, baby. Catch the fever or get the heck out of the way.
“Sometimes, we have our own agendas on the floor, whether it’s complaining about shots, complaining about playing time, complaining about whatever it may be,” Beal told The Athletic’s Fred Katz. “We’re worried about the wrong s—, and that’s not where our focus needs to be. And it’s just going to continue to hurt us.”
Enter John Wall.
“We’ve got guys that’s worried about who’s getting shots. You should never worry about that,” Wall adds. “No matter if you’re missing or making shots, you gotta be able to compete on the other end. You can’t do it on both ends of the floor, you don’t need to be playing.”
Beal and Wall wouldn’t go as far to throw specific players under the bus. However, head coach Scott Brooks wasn’t as forgiving.
“Otto [Porter Jr.], he had to just keep playing and can’t worry about your shots and worry about your shots made,” Brooks told reporters following the game.
The Wizards’ top five players from a season ago — Wall, Beal and Porter plus forwards Kelly Oubre Jr. and Markieff Morris — Porter’s is the lone player whose production has diminished this season.
- Beal — 2017: 18.1 FGA; 2018: 19.2 FGA
- Wall — 2017: 16.3 FGA; 2018: 16.6 FGA
- Porter — 2017: 11.5 FGA; 2018: 9.4 FGA
- Oubre — 2017: 9.8 FGA; 2018: 10.4 FGA
- Morris — 2017: 9.4 FGA; 2018: 9.8 FGA
The Wizards play the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. And they’re hoping to right the ship. Not to mention, clear up some of the egos that are currently plaguing the team. Last season, Washington got off to an 2-8 start before making it to the second round of the playoffs. Even with their bad start this season, we’re saying there’s a chance.
But they need to get their act together. And it starts with the team leaders.