John Wall says Wizards’ time could be now, calls out Trevor Booker over first pitch


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Three days after the NBA Finals concluded, one gets the sense John Wall is already itching for the start of the 2014-15 NBA season. Perhaps there’s a countdown calendar on his refrigerator next to the list of all-NBA teams he didn’t make.

During an interview with NBC Sports Network’s Dave Briggs this week, the Wizards point guard was asked how far he thinks Washington might go next year after making its first playoff appearance since 2008.

“You can’t jump to conclusions, but I’m just thinking why not our time right now?” Wall said. “I know things are going to shake up this summer, especially in the East, with guys being free agents. I hope we do a great job of signing Trevor Ariza and Gortat back, because those are two pieces to our main core. We know what we can be. We felt like we had an opportunity this year. We just lost a couple games by not having that experience like Indiana had down the stretch to pull out those games. We were two games away from the Eastern Conference Finals so now our next goal is to get there and give ourselves a shot for the Finals.”

Later in the interview, Wall was asked how his terrible first pitch at Nationals Park in 2011 compares with 50 Cent’s first pitch at Citi Field last month. Wall was on the receiving end of some teasing from Trevor Booker after the Wizards forward threw a perfect strike before a Greenville Drive game last week.

“I don’t know, but I can say, Trevor Booker, he didn’t stand on the mound, so y’all can’t give him that leeway,” Wall said. “He was standing in the grass. You gotta get up that mound. That mound’s totally different than standing in front in the grass.”

Wall, who redeemed himself with a much better first pitch at Nationals Park in April 2013, has a point. Both of his pitches were from the mound.

Booker’s pitch was not.

And for the record, 50 Cent’s pitch was much worse than Wall’s.

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