Everyone thought the Wizards were going to take a step in the right direction this year after reaching the playoffs in the last two season but things haven’t gone as planned. The Wizards have a record of 36-39, are 2.5 games out of the 8th seed in the East and the vets on the team seem to be having some conflict with young stars John Wall’s and Bradley Beal’s.
According to BleacherReport.com, the is rumored to be tension between John Wall, Bradley Beal and the veterans on the team.
“The butting of heads between younger players and vets hasn’t resolved itself,” said J. Micheal of CSN. “Beal basically said it (Marcin Gortat objected). They’ve all said it in different ways. But there’s a feeling that Beal and John Wall can be difficult to talk with during games. That they are “hard-headed” was a description used to me earlier this season when the team struggled. In other words, when adversity strikes, it’s competing ideas on what they should do next and they’re not receptive to advice or suggestions.”
“The second they hit a tough skid, the same problems return. This back-and-forth has been common. This season, however, they haven’t been able to recover in the win column so the differences are more pronounced.”
I’m sure this happens all the time, the younger and more talented players who consistently have the ball in their hands want to do it their way. Wall is having one of his best season as a pro as his 19.9 points, 10.2 assist and 5 rebounds per game shows. Beal is averaging 17.6 points and only 3 assist per game. Wall has grown into one of the best point guard in the NBA but maybe his leadership style is hard to handle similar to what has been said about Chris Paul for years. Wall and Beal have to learn how to relate to the team and keep everyone engaged versus things looking like they just want to do it their way.
The Wizards still have time to fix their issues just maybe not this season. With only a handful of game left, the Wiz Kids aren’t likely to make the playoffs. Wall and Beal have bright futures ahead of them, they are still fairly young pros and are still learning the ropes.