As the Wizards season once again approaches it's end before the month of May, fans have no other choice but to begin the recurring process of bracing for the future. Usually, this entails another summer of skepticsm and/or outrage over a consistently mislead franchise with no clear direction, however, that doesn't entirely seem to be the case this time around, thanks greatly to the presence and uprise of John Wall and Brad Beal. In this week's 3-on-3 segment, we round up Wall and Beal's conversations with Grantland's Zach Lowe and discuss how their ultimate success as a backcourt duo could shape the future of the franchise. We also touch up on Stan Van Gundy's recent comments regarding the coaching job Randy Wittman has done this season, and lastly...what the hell is up with Kevin Seraphin's Instagram uploads? Abdullah Sharif, Trevor Jackson, and Mike Andrews give us the scoop....
1. Zach Lowe of Grantland.com conducted some very intriguing interviews with the Wizards’ soon-to-be elite backcourt. When you combine the responses from both Wall and Beal, how tingly and excited does it make you feel about the future of this team and its potential for success?
Abdullah: First of all, Zach Lowe did a tremendous job conversing with the two individual players that basically have the keys to reshaping the sport of professional basketball in Washington, DC. Lowe drew some great responses and brought out the best in these guys, especially from a mental standpoint... and ESPECIALLY when pertaining to the chemistry between the two. That was what really stood out to me the most, like when Bradley Beal says:
"I know whenever he runs, he’s going to do a great job of finding me. We have good eye contact. He knows where I am, and I know where he’s going to be. That connection is always there."
And we all know John's prowess as a leader. The guy is a bona fide floor GENERAL. You see it night in and night out the way he fiercely, yet smartly manages each game. You see it in his post-game interviews the way he addresses questions about the game like a scout. Combine Wall's basketball intellect with Bradley Beal's incredible skill set, and consider the chemistry building between the two, and whoa nelly...you've got something really special brewing in DC, and I don't think half of these people know it.
Trevor: It gives me very happy pants to think about the John Wall/Bradley Beal backcourt for potentially the next 10 years. Zach Lowe's interviews were great to read. It is probably just coincidence, but Wall's interview with Grantland seemed to set him off on the recent tear he is on. I love the confidence out of each of them. They both have what it takes to be a leader on the court through their play, and through their mentality off the court as well. My favorite part of the interviews is when they both allude to working out together this summer and doing what they can to make each other better players. That is music to a Wizards fan's ears and makes me believe that the DC backcourt is in good hands for some time to come.
Mike: Beal and Wall as the backcourt gets me just as excited as the prospect of Nene and Martell being on the team. For once, I'm seeing players on this team who are legitimately going to be here longer than a year or two. No more Al Thorntons, Morris Almonds, Jannero Pargos or any other 10-day contract players. This is a team that has a solidified backcourt that can provide, at its best, an average of 40 or more points a game. Washington hasn't seen that in a very long time, and to have a full season of this next year gives me no doubt that they will be a playoff team if they can stay healthy for more than 3/4 of the season.