On Saturday, John Wall held his annual backpack giveaway in Washington. It’s the fifth time he has done this for the D.C. area community, in particular for those from underprivileged neighborhoods. Kids who otherwise may not have the supplies they need to do well in school now can thanks to Wall’s generosity. Check out this video snippet from Hoop District:
John Wall's spirit of giving comes from growing up and his mom working multiple jobs just to let him play in basketball camps. Not paying the light bill. Wall sometimes did not have all the school supplies himself so he's trying to make sure others do not have to worry about it. pic.twitter.com/je9jJ4Kmkw— HoopDistrict (@HoopDistrictDC) August 4, 2018
Wall also talked about the Wizards’ offseason plans now that the roster is more or less set. In another video, he said that there will be an unofficial minicamp in Miami sometime next week after working out privately. Among the attendees? New center Dwight Howard.
Is this the deepest roster you have been a part of?— HoopDistrict (@HoopDistrictDC) August 4, 2018
John Wall: "For sure, for sure."
Wall shares that he is going workout with some teammates in Miami next week before their unofficial minicamp, which Dwight Howard will attend, to get some chemistry going. pic.twitter.com/5eclkgZ1Bx
Wall, like Ted Leonsis last week, believes the 2018-19 Wizards are the deepest team he’s had. Normally, that means that many assume that the Wizards would be a Top-3 seed at least. But ESPN, among other outlets believe the Wizards will finish seventh. That’s barely making the playoffs like last season.
Preseason expectations for the Wizards tend be rather extreme. When the masses count Washington out, the Wizards have a chip on their shoulder and often hit very close to their potential. But when people start getting on the Wizards bandwagon, the team starts to feel entitled and ultimately disappoint. Considering that the national media doesn’t think very highly of Washington, here’s hoping that the Wizards have a successful unofficial minicamp and a strong 2018-19 season.