Although the NBA season is just underway, Washington Wizards guard John Wall is already frustrated with his play, and he vows to do better.
Wall has found himself on the receiving end of consecutive ejections the last two games, one which caused him to be fined $25,000 for bumping into a league official.
Speaking with Candace Bucker of The Washington Post, Wall knows he has to set a better example being the leader of the team.
“In a game like that with five minutes left, the game's never over. They could've had an opportunity to fight back and have a chance to win the game. I just got to do a better job as a leader. That's not my intentions to be a dirty player or anything. It's just frustration got into it where things weren't going the right way. For me to be the leader, I got to be able to stay in games and close out games and lead my team until the end.”
Wall later tweeted an apology for disappointing his team although they won the game.
Just want to take a moment to apologize to my coaches, teammates and fans for losing my cool tonight. The … https://t.co/Wd5KgQjRqs
— John Wall (@JohnWall) November 10, 2016
He currently leads the league in flagrant fouls, with three, and will begin receiving one-game suspensions after his next three.
This is out of character for Wall, and far too early in the season to rack up such a number of flagrant fouls.
While teammate Bradley Beal is calling for the team to step up, Wall is allowing frustrations to get the best of him which he should look to correct quickly.
Coach Scott Brooks offered some sobering thoughts that may have also led to Wall's apology.
“You got to control yourself. The last thing you want to do is have your points add up or have your technicals add up and miss games. That puts a lot of pressure on your teammates. You want to be able to be there at all times.”
“Part of being a good basketball player and a good basketball team is keeping your composure in some tough situations. When you're up 20, nothing should bother you. The only thing you should be focusing on is closing out the game and thinking about the game.”
For Wall, the lessons are beginning, and now his team requires a better attitude which he promises they will see from him.