John Wall’s offseason media tour of optimism took another step on Tuesday evening, when he went in-studio with Jim Rome on the CBS Sports Network.
About midway through the five-minute segment, Rome asked Wall if the Wizards are a playoff team next season.
“Yes sir, I think so,” Wall said.
So Rome asked why.
“We added Nene last year as a true low-post presence that can pass and score,” Wall said. “Making a trade to get Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor, someone that won a championship and also has veteran experience in the playoffs, and adding a great sharpshooter in Bradley Beal.”
Wall told Rome that he’s been working out twice a day, and that he feels “a lot better” than last offseason, when he went hard on the charity basketball circuit. He said his next goal “is to win playoff games, be an All-Star and hopefully bring a championship to Washington,” and he talked again about his desire to be the “savior” of D.C. hoops.
“I feel like the program was doing good when Gilbert and those guys [were there],” Wall said. “They made the playoffs. But the last couple years have been downhill. I just want to be the savior, somebody that the whole city can lean on to make the playoffs and hopefully bring a championship there.”
Wall told Rome that he hasn’t taken a vacation since he entered the NBA, and that “I’m trying to think of one to take before my birthday, before the season starts.” And he said his recent experience scrimmaging against the USA national program helped him understand what he needs to do.
“When I feel more comfortable, when I’m out there playing, I just play my game,” Wall said. “[When I] don’t try to do other stuff that people want me to do and just feel comfortable in my own skin, I’m a great basketball player.”