Jan 30, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) prior to playing the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Wizards 92-84. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

John Wall thinks playoffs are the goal for the Wizards [Video]

The newly minted $80 million dollar man, John Wall, has often been criticized about his work ethic during this off season, but he truly seems committed to improving his game this summer. Wall, who has spent a large portion of his time participating in community events, was a part of rapper Ludacris’ LudaDay Weekend, where he described it as “supporting the foundation.”

Even though the interviewer didn’t seem like a very knowledgeable basketball fan, John Wall still gave some pretty interesting responses.

Wall on the Wizards’ off season: I think the main thing for us is going into the season healthy. I feel like we have a playoff team, we just need to go in healthy. The east has gotten mixed up with a lot of trades… some teams are rebuilding, like we did when I first came in. So, the main thing for us is to go in with the same focus as we had last year. Get guys in early work outs together to just prepare ourselves for the season.

Getting focused for the season: It’s been good to me, man. Being a leader, being a captain, need to get everybody situated.

What people don’t know about John Wall: I don’t know. That’s for people to find out when they watch me play, really. I do what I’m supposed to do on the court, go play and let my game do the talking. I think everybody knows my dedication, I mean I talk so much about how hard I like to work.

Expectations:  [interviewer asks if playoffs are the goal] There’s nothing else. I haven’t done a lot of things so far, and it’s no fun sitting, watching the games… you got to be in the playoffs.

Wall and company have harped on the playoffs all season long, so I’m obviously extremely interested to see how well they’ll play right out of the gate. I like the fact that Wall acknowledged the fact that he hasn’t “done a lot of things so far”, further pushing him to help the team in the right direction.


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