Feb. 20, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Washington Wizards guard John Wall during game against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Wizards 104-88. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
We haven't heard much from John Wall this offseason, but that changed when the Washington Wizards' point guard gave a radio interview with ESPN 1040 in Tampa, Florida. Wall was a guest with Mike Corcoran, Alex Kennedy and Jarrod Rudolph on Tuesday afternoon, and they spent the majority of their time discussing Wall's summer workout plans.
"I'm trying to add a post-up game, floaters, mid-range, a consistent, knockdown three-point shot for when people double-team off me and leave me open," Wall said. "Those are just things that guys in my position, like Derrick [Rose], Russell [Westbrook] and Chris [Paul] and all those guys have improved. That's the only way to get better. That's the only way you become a top point guard in the league."
More specifically, Wall emphasized "learning how to change speeds," "maybe use less dribbles" and following through while staying on balance on his jump shot. Most importantly, he said his first two years have not gone according to plan.
"I'm not that proud of the things I accomplished in my first two years, even though I had some good things. No all-star, no playoffs."
Wall also briefly discussed the Wizards' trade for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza. While he was sad to see Lewis go (he called Lewis a "great veteran" and a "pro-like person on and off the court), he thought the Wizards made a good move getting a defender and shooter in Ariza (his words, not mine) and a veteran big man in Okafor.
"You don't want to just keep living out of the lottery," Wall said. "We're trying to move forward, make the playoffs and change things around. I think they made the right step."
Wall, however, did not guarantee a playoff appearance, saying only that making the postseason was his "main goal."