Okay, maybe I exaggerated.
But, Wall did have a few choice words to say about the Celtics, Sixers and Raptors. Essentially, Wall declared the Eastern Conference go be wide open. Fair enough. After all, the Wizards have talented players and you have to admire this “why not us” mentality.
So, what did Wall specifically say? Michael Lee of Yahoo! Sports caught up with be All-Star point guard. Concerning his conference rivals, Wall had this to say:
““On paper, everybody looks great,” Wall continued. “We look great. Boston looks great on paper. But how are all those young guys going to mesh with Kyrie [Irving] being back? Or Gordon Hayward being back? Nobody knows how that’s going to work. Now, they’ve got a hell of a coach in Brad Stevens, and [with GM and president] Danny Ainge, they’re going to figure it out. But you still got to put it all together. You’ve still got to make it work on the court. We don’t know how Kawhi is going to work. We know what Simmons and Embiid are going to give you, but it’s a new year.”
Let’s unpack this. Is anyone truly concerned about the Celtics having chemistry issues? I’m not. Those dudes love each other, it’ll work out.
We don’t know how Kawhi will work out in Toronto? Last time I checked he’s going to play basketball for them and is pretty darn good at it. They’ll be just fine.
Yes, it’s going to be a new year in Philadelphia. No, things will not randomly go haywire there.
I love Wall’s confidence, but perhaps there were betters ways to communicate it. Last time I checked, an Irving-less Cs team took the Cavaliers to 7 games in the Conference Finals. The Raptors won 59 games last season. Oh, and that Philly team surprised everyone.
You’ve got your work cut out for you Mr. Wall. Stay confident, my friend, but choose your words carefully and back them up on the court.