Or wait … I should actually say that we saw this coming.
Actually, let’s take a step back for a second. John Wall, in his individual effort, will not be affected by the players whom he is talking about in the quote you’re about to read, said to Comcast’s Chris Miller after a 117-94 loss to the 76ers in Philadelphia on Wednesday night. He’s too good for that, so don’t worry. But let’s read the quote anyway:
“Until we find five guys that really want to fight, compete, and don’t care, you know, the whole time, it’s really going to be tough for us to win. And the rest of the season can end like it’s been ending the last couple of games.”
Wall was then asked about the level of his frustration:
“Pretty high. I haven’t lost this many games, and it ain’t just about the losing, I’m listening to my coaching and development, and they don’t want me to get in no losing mind set. But it’s just so frustrating to see that certain guys seem like they don’t have the effort to be out there, like they don’t care. That’s the toughest thing for me … no matter if I’m having a bad game or good game, I might show frustration in my face, but I’m going to compete. That’s one thing I’ve always did my whole life is compete, and that’s all we asking for from everybody.”
Ted? Ernie? Andray? Flip? Milt? Wes Jr.? Sam? JaVale?
John Wall isn’t perfect. He’s not infallible. He needs to improve, in several areas. But this direction surrounding him needs to stop. Urgently.
But hey, at least Andray Baltche had a good game.
(Thank you anonymous text messenger into Comcast’s bottom line below John Wall’s face above. Oh, and thanks to Dan Steinberg, linked, for capturing the misspelling of Blatche’s name which appeared on his jersey on Tuesday, and for being the first to feed the algorithm about that misspelling.)