Now that the Wizards have at least an outside chance of being a title contender this season, people are starting to discuss what it would look like for the Wizards to bring a title to Washington.
The topic came up as part of a recent interview John Wall did with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. While Wall wasn’t ready to commit to the idea they could win it all this season (referring to it as a “long shot”) he did talk about what it would mean for him to bring a title to Washington:
It would be crazy. It would be amazing. My ultimate goal is to win one there in Washington. I know how amazing it would be. Just to see how much love we’d get … The city is real diverse. You got your longtime Wizards fans and then you got the people that moved there and became fans.
Ever since we started playing well and had that winning streak at home, it has been amazing for us. Everybody has been great for us. We know we can win at home. We know we can have our crowd behind us. The main question for us is can we win on the road. We haven’t figured it out. But I know D.C. would be ‘lit.’ It would be spectacular.
Wall understands what it would mean in a way even diehard Wizards fans don’t, because he can see it from a different perspective. It’s great to see that he hasn’t been discouraged by the rough times in Washington and is finally getting the respect he deserves.
It’s also good to see that he’s finding a nice life balance in D.C. He spent a lot of his interview with Spears talking his improving relationship with Bradley Beal, what Brandon Jennings and Bojan Bogdanovic have brought to the team, and why he wants to be a dog breeder after he retires. There’s a lot of good stuff in there worth checking out.
There was an interesting part of the interview where Wall talked about the idea of reuniting with DeMarcus Cousins, and he offered up an interesting response:
I talked to him. He said he would come to D.C., but he didn’t know what was going to happen. I didn’t know he was going to be traded like that. We thought it was going to be later on or he was just going to stay [in Sacramento]. It shocked me just like it shocked him.
It’s unclear what exactly Wall meant by “He said he would come to D.C.” Is he saying Cousins was going to join the Wizards? That he’d come to Washington and listen to their pitch when he hits free agency? That he’d go out and get a meal with will Wall somewhere in D.C.?
It’s all a bit confusing (which is why we’re putting it at the bottom of the post instead of the top) but it certainly will keep things interesting looking ahead to the summer of 2018.