WIZARDS RUMORS & GOSSIP

John Wall cites Wizards’ lack of depth as reason for playoff exit

It’s no secret that the Washington Wizards had one of the most ineffective and inconsistent group of reserves/bench players in the NBA this season. The Wizards had one of the best starting fives in the league — which was evidenced by how frequently they jumped out to first-quarter leads against the Celtics, yet still lost the playoff series — but their lack of depth, especially...
Via The Sports Daily
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

John Wall: Bench was cause of Wizards’ ‘downfall’

John Wall isn’t denying that his second unit was quite second-rate this year.In a recent interview with Chris Miller of CSN Mid-Atlantic, the Washington Wizards guard blamed the team’s bench for their early postseason demise.“We need to help our bench,” said Wall, per ProBasketballTalk’s Dan Feldman. “Just to be honest, that was our downfall in each series that we had...
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Markieff Morris' versatility is 'coveted'

Tony Massenburg says there's no question whether the Wizards should hold on to Markieff Morris.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
20 hours ago

Does Marcin Gortat fit in with the Wizards?

Wizards center Marcin Gortat said he's concerned about not fitting in as the majority of NBA teams turn to small ball play.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
20 hours ago

Otto Porter's future with the Wizards

Otto Porter's 2016 season had highs and lows. Should this inconsistency prevent the Wizards from giving him a max deal?
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
20 hours ago

Marcin Gortat isn’t as young as he used to be, and that’s okay

Throughout Marcin Gortat’s career, there’s been something of an asterisk next to his age, and for good reason. He didn’t start playing in the NBA until he was 23, and he didn’t start logging big minutes in the NBA until he was 26. So the common line of thinking is that he’s younger and fresher than your typical NBA player at the same age. However, it might be time to finally...
Via Bullets Forever
1 day ago  |  Discuss

John Wall calls out Wizards’ bench

In the John Wall era, the Washington Wizards have made the playoffs four times. But while they’ve consistently advanced past the first round, the Wizards have yet to see the conference finals. Washington was downed in six games by the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks in 2014 and 2015, respectively. In 2017, the Wizards reached Game 7 of the second round, but fell short against...
Via Sportsnaut
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Why I’m a fan of the Washington Wizards

Welcome to the refreshed Bullets Forever! To celebrate the new look and feel of our sports communities, we’re sharing stories of how and why we became fans of our favorite teams. If you’d like to share your story, head over to the FanPosts to write your own post. Each FanPost will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Fanatics gift card. We’re collecting all of the stories...
Via Bullets Forever
4 days ago  |  Discuss

John Wall’s retweet saves fan from taking final exam

The Wizards’ 2016-17 season may have recently come to a close, but John Wall recorded an assist on Monday, just not on the court, like we’re used to seeing from him.It happened on Twitter in the afternoon when a high school student sent Wall a tweet — in need of some assistance — and he delivered.The student informed Wall that if he retweeted her tweet, her entire class would...
Via The Sports Daily
6 days ago  |  Discuss

John Wall won’t sign extension until he sees Wizards' plan

The Washington Wizards would love to get superstar point guard John Wall inked to an extension soon.But the front office needs to do some serious work to make it happen.Like any superstar, Wall isn’t simply going to ink a big extension with his current team when the allure of free agency and picking any destination that wants him is so strong. Said allure is why the Wizards want...
Via The Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

John Wall reportedly complained about Wizards’ bench after Game 7 loss

The Washington Wizards need to improve their bench next season, and John Wall knows it.According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Wall made the walk to the Wizards’ team bus after their Game 7 loss to the Boston Celtics while reciting the scoring margin between the two benches.“Forty-eight to five,” Wall was quoted as saying. “Forty-eight to five. Our bench had five points.”Depth...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Wizards G Bradley Beal: The Cavaliers didn’t want to play us

It’s the whole “you’re lucky we lost before facing you argument.” And this time, it’s absolutely glorious. In talking about his team’s second-round playoff exit against the Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal had quite the interesting theory.Beal talked about a whole host of things pertaining to the NBA Playoffs, ultimately concluding that the Cleveland...
Via Sportsnaut
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Wizards centers Marcin Gortat and Ian Mahinmi wonder whether they can coexist

There’s a situation brewing at the center of everything. During the Washington Wizards‘ final media session, Coach Scott Brooks fielded 20 minutes of questions about the season and what’s to come in the future. Brooks was asked if the pairing of over-30 centers, starter Marcin Gortat and backup Ian Mahinmi, can be sustainable for the 2017-18 […]
Via Wizards Insider
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Wizards’ bench questions begin with free agents Bojan Bogdanovic and the point guards

While Otto Porter Jr.’s restricted free agency tops the summer story lines, the Washington Wizards have other details to address this offseason. When compared with the young core (John Wall, Bradley Beal, Markieff Morris), the bench may get overlooked, but throughout the 2016-17 season, the second unit became as pivotal to the team success as the […]
Via Wizards Insider
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington's Future Pushing Against Their Own Limitations

The Washington Wizards didn't have enough. That much was obvious at the outset, but to drive the point home, Jason Smith got fourth quarter minutes in a Game 7. (Jae Crowder, in a richly metaphorical drive to the basket, scored on Smith while sending him toppling toward the baseline cameras.) No one would have predicted execution at the hands of a smoked out Coen Brothers goon, but...
Via RealGM - NBA
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Kelly Oubre had MRI last week, didn't want results until after playoffs

Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre might need surgery to repair damage to his right knee, but he wouldn’t let doctors tell him what is wrong until after the playoffs.Oubre had an MRI last week on the injured knee but refused to hear the diagnosis. He also indicated to reporters Tuesday that, while he still hasn’t gotten the news, a procedure (or procedures) could be on the...
Via Sportsnaut
12 days ago  |  Discuss

‘Underappreciated’ Marcin Gortat wants to reevaluate if Wizards are the ‘right fit’

Center Marcin Gortat had plenty of thoughts about his role with the Washington Wizards as players arrived at Verizon Center for season exit interviews with both Coach Scott Brooks and the media. Gortat averaged 10.8 points and 10.4 rebounds during the regular season and 8.1 points and 11.2 rebounds during the playoffs, including six points and […]
Via Wizards Insider
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Twitter reacts to Kelly Olynyk’s incredible Game 7

Kelly Olynyk was a difference-maker in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals series between the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards on Monday night, and his clutch performance left many stunned.The Celtics forward scored 26 points in the game, including 14 in the fourth quarter, as Boston defeated Washington 115-105 to advance to the conference finals.From the time there...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Wizards’ John Wall is finally getting recognition

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has been one of the league’s most underrated players for a while now.  For some odd reason he just does not get the love and recognition that many of the NBA’s other top point guards receive.  When I watch TV I see advertisements featuring Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, and Steph Curry but nothing about Wall.  Facing elimination with his...
Via isportsweb.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Wizards beat reporter Chris Miller scorns Colin Cowherd in passionate defense of John Wall

Six and a half years ago, Colin Cowherd went on a dumb, offensive rant about John Wall, alleging that because the point guard danced before his NBA debut he was selfish and a bad teammate. Shortly after that, he attributed Wall’s supposed personality defects to growing up without a father.Since then, as Cowherd has moved from ESPN to FS1, he has defended or doubled down on his...
Via Awful Announcing
15 days ago  |  Discuss

John Wall sinks Celtics in Game 6 to keep Wizards’ season alive

The Washington Wizards are still alive, barely. And they have their superstar point guard to thank for (at least temporarily) saving their season. Trailing 91-89 in Game 6, Wall drained a three with 3.5 seconds left on the clock to give the Wizards a one-point lead: The Celtics’ star point guard Isaiah Thomas tried to match it, but his fadeaway, contested three missed to send the...
Via The Comeback
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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