Wizards’ John Wall wants to follow in footsteps of Washington’s recent champions
Five-time NBA All-Star John Wall is hoping the Wizards can carry on with the championship-winning ways that have swept through the city of Washington D.C. as of late.
The Washington Mystics defeated the Connecticut Sun last month, claiming their first WNBA championship in franchise history. Just a few weeks later, the Washington Nationals clinched their first World Series title after defeating the Houston Astros.
Wall, who is expected to miss all of this season as he recovers from an Achilles injury, is hoping the Wizards can carry the torch:
“It’s the dopest thing ever,” Wall said, via Hoops District. “To see the Mystics, to be there for Game 5, to see them win. To see the Nationals. …I think it’s time for us to get a championship. I’m not promising anything, but that’s my ultimate goal.”
The Wizards have struggled to find a solid rhythm through the early stages of this season with Wall sidelined. They’re currently holding a 2-4 record through their first four games. Two of their losses came in competitive fashion, though: a 159-158 loss to the Houston Rockets and a 124-122 defeat against the San Antonio Spurs.
Washington snapped a three-game losing streak with Monday night’s 115-99 victory over the depleted Detroit Pistons. Bradley Beal led the charge for the Wizards, scoring 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field (1-of-4 from beyond the arc), six assists, five rebounds and one steal in 32 minutes of action.
As for Wall’s recovery, reports have indicated that the former Kentucky Wildcat has been doing some on-court work in practice, including jump shots, but he still has a long way to go. All things considered, he says he feels great:
“I’m great, man,” Wall told NBC Sports. “Just rehabbing, working out and lifting weights. I’m shooting some jump shots, doing some ball-handling and stuff like that,”
Whether or not the Wizards will be able to claim their first NBA championship remains to be seen, but it’s clear that John Wall has his sights set on that goal.