Ted Leonsis wrote a blog item Wednesday afternoon pointing out an amazing tidbit that others have also noted in the past 24 hours: Absent Andray Blatche, John Wall is sort of the longest-tenured Washington Wizard. By a few minutes, anyhow. But still.
We have changed up the team roster and make-up completely. We will enter season three of our ownership with an entirely new lineup from when we acquired the team....
That was a very fast makeover. Perhaps the most change in lineup of any NBA team in that period of time. Now we have to work very hard to create chemistry, culture and systems for an entirely new lineup.
And as the longest tenured Wizard, Wall seems to be a bit more comfortable talking as a leader.
“I’m very confident,” he told HoopsWorld from Vegas, while his hipster glasses were tucked into his shirt. “I mean, the organization, the general manager, the owner and the coaching staff are doing a great job. Now it’s just up to us the players to go out there and execute what they’re giving us and play our best.”
The man with the mic then asked Wall if it was time for him to make the playoffs.
“Yeah, it’s time for me to be in the playoffs, it’s time to be an All-Star,” Wall said. “It’s all those type of things that I’ve been wanting and wanting [for] this organization, to help the Wizards get better. So it’s all up to me to lead my team and us to get better.”
(Perhaps not all that much different from Wall telling Michael Lee, “We have a great chance now to make the playoffs,” but I think every Wizards “playoff” mention is worth its own item.)