On Friday, John Wall told Candace Buckner of The Washington Post that the Wizards players recently had a players-only meeting. Except that things didn’t go well with everyone. Here’s a quote from the column:
“We had our team meeting,” Wall said Friday. “A couple guys took it the negative way and it hurt our team. Instead of taking it in a positive way like we did in the past and using it to build our team up, it kind of set us back a little bit.”
And here is another quote when Bradley Beal talked about that meeting:
“It was tough. I try to keep all our stuff as personal as possible but I think in a way not everybody got a chance to speak whenever they wanted to,” Bradley Beal said. “They didn’t want to bring up an issue or something they had a problem with on the team. Regardless of what may be going on, as men we’ve got to be able to accept what the next man says, be respectful about it and move on from it. I think it was one of those situations where we didn’t necessarily get everything that we wanted to get accomplished.
The column was published on Sunday afternoon.
It’s unclear exactly when the meeting happened. But all we know is that a players-only meeting happened, and the team’s talking about it publicly today. Buckner’s column indicates that it may have happened before Wednesday’s 133-109 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.
Both Wall and Beal indicated that the team has to be done talking and the Wizards now have to be ready for each game. Wall also stated that players had a chance to say whatever they had to and that the “front office got to figure it out” if lackluster losses like the Hornets one happen again.
Wow. The Wizards just seem to be facing some rough headwinds at the moment.
Players-only meetings happen with the purpose of getting everyone’s messages out there. And hopefully, people can take any criticism pointed their way in a constructive manner. However, Buckner noted multiple times that perhaps not everyone has addressed his feelings during that meeting or since then. If that’s true and if losses keep piling up, then there’s going to be some tension in the locker room.
If there’s a silver lining to this, at least for now, the Wizards did win last Friday’s game. The only way to make the players-only meeting productive at this point is to just go out there and win more games. It’s a cliche, but winning cures all. Hopefully, this is the only time we hear of the players-only meeting that wasn’t so productive.