I am happy with John Wall’s extension. I’m buying the company line that he is the cornerstone of the franchise, and that the team wanted to reward him now instead of delaying the inevitable, as Ted Leonsis said (By the way, how about Uncle Ted? I can’t wait to see what weight loss product he’s endorsing.). I did not want this extension to be looming over the team all season. That tension has the potential to break up the ubuntu (sorry, Doc) of last year that the organization is obviously trying to build on. We know the impact that he provides when he is on the floor. Remember the first two months of last season? You know what? Don’t.
I won’t get into any stats here, but I’ve seen enough to know what he’s done with what he’s had to work with in three seasons and how he’s developing to believe he will prove worthy of the deal. I do not think Wall will get complacent now that he has his money. Actually, I think (hope) this motivates him to maximize his potential and seek to live up to the contract and pressures that come with it. I am really excited about what is being built on Fun Street, and that starts with him.
A lot of the criticisms about the extension are valid, if not logical. The Wizards could have waited until closer to October 30, or even after next season, to sign him. There’s the sad recent (actually, it goes a ways back) history with this franchise of paying big for potential over production, and there hasn’t been a huge sample size of the production that has so many fans excited. I can’t knock anybody for these opinions. I, however, have chosen to live in my happy condo in Utopia, and have faith that this was the right move at the right time.