While the charity of last summers NBA lockout gave several fans the chance to see the players they love in local rec leagues and tournaments, NBA coaches were secretly fuming over the bad habits that their players were picking up in the free-flowing exhibitions.
According to Mike Prada of Bullets Forever, John Wall thinks he could have spent the long offseason working more on his game instead of traveling to play in exhibition games.
QUESTION: Did you feel like you were at a disadvantage this year? Nobody had a summer, nobody had much of a training camp, but for a younger player, that would seem to be pretty important.
ANSWER: No...I didn't think I had a disadvantage. I just think that, instead of working out more, I did more of playing in charity events and summer leagues, when I should have been working out more. That's the only thing I think I should have done differently, but it was a great experience going to different states and venues.
Last seasons Rookie of the Year runner-up assessment of his struggles this season corresponds with former Wizards head coach Flip Saunders take on the teams difficulties in simple execution.
While Walls acrobatic flurries to the rim provided a plethora of highlight material during the lockout to keep fans anxiously waiting on what looked like a lost season, it did little to help his mid-range shooting along with other aspects of his game.
With Washington trading away Nick Young and JaVale McGee, the entire teams spirits have picked up and theyre at least competing consistently now.
With a likely high draft pick in this years draft, cap room to go out and try and lure free agents and ample time to work on his game, Wall and the Wizards should be a team on this rise in the coming seasons.
With a competitive roster along with improvement to his own game, just how good can Wall be?