“It’s tough to win in this league when you only have one all-star. You’ve got to have a second guy with you or even a third guy. But I like it where I am. I like it here in D.C. Instead of going somewhere else, I would love to [help attract] people here.”
The District is not an NBA destination hot spot such as New York. Obviously, it’s definitely not Los Angeles or Miami.
Then again, there weren’t any elite players raising their hands to join the Clippers previously. Things can change.
The opportunity to play alongside sensational power forward Blake Griffin helped to lure Paul to the Clippers.
Granted, Commissioner David Stern should be credited with an assist for his embarrassing decision to block the Lakers from acquiring Paul with an offer that would have given the Hornets a better chance to win this season than the package he approved. Paul’s willingness to also join L.A.’s other team, however, proves even the most depressing team history doesn’t determine the future.
“That’s a great situation,” Wall said of the Clippers’ big move. “I love my team that I have now — but it’s a business process. Sometimes you might have to get somebody like that.
“They did a great job of going to get Chris Paul, [guard] Chauncey Billups and re-signing [center] DeAndre [Jordan]. And that’s a great marketing place. That’s what most guys look for. They want to go to a great team but also to have a great marketing place.”
It’s not all on management to improve the Wizards’ profile. Their best player should do more as well.
For Wall, it starts with his on-court demeanor. As a rookie, his emotions showed too often. He has to stay cool outwardly even if he is fuming inwardly.
“I’m learning on the fly,” he said. “It’s something I’ve taken a lot of time with, studying film and watching myself and watching other guys. Coming into this year, yeah, I’m more relaxed.”
Wall seems to be in a good place. The Wizards are hoping he stays there.