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John Wall shares big goals for him and Wizards after new contract

John Wall shares big goals for him and Wizards after new contract

With his new supermax contract keeping him in Washington for the next six seasons and into his 30s, Wizards point guard John Wall has outlined some specific goals he would like to reach by the time his playing career is over. Over and over at his press conference on Friday the ideas of winning a championship in Washington and getting his jersey up in the rafters were mentioned.

"I'm not going to stop until I get my jersey retired here and a banner here for a championship," he said during his opening remarks.

Team president Ernie Grunfeld even mentioned the jersey part.

"We hope one day he has his number up in the rafters and be one of the few players ever to maybe finish his career with one team," Grunfeld said.

[RELATED: Wall reacts to Kyrie Irving's situation in Cleveland]

The goal of his number being retired seems very attainable for Wall. One could argue he would deserve the honor if he left Washington today. The man already owns franchise records for career assists and steals, plus the single-season mark for assists. He's made four All-Star appearances, one All-NBA team and has led the Wizards to three playoff appearances in four years, including 2016-17 when they had their best season in 38 years.

The Bullets/Wizards franchise has only four retired numbers: 10 (Earl Monroe), 11 (Elvin Hayes), 25 (Gus Johnson), 41 (Wes Unseld). The last time any of those players appeared in a game for the franchise was 1981 (Hayes and Unseld). 

What Wall has done is already rare in the context of the Wizards' franchise. His four All-Star nods are the most for any Washington player since 1980. He is the first to earn All-NBA since Gilbert Arenas in 2007. Wall and Arenas are two of only three Wizards players (plus Rod Strickland) to make All-NBA in the last 20 years and only 13 have ever earned the honor in franchise history.

Wall's seven seasons in Washington are tied for 12th-most for the franchise. One more year and he will be tied for eighth. Two more seasons and Wall will be tied for second. Unseld holds the record, having played 13 seasons for the Bullets. Wall's new contract, a four-year deal worth $170 million that begins in 2019-20 is set to keep him in D.C. through his 13th NBA season.

[RELATED: Wall says extension with Wizards was never in doubt]

Wall is already seventh in franchise history in career points and is on pace to crack the top three this next season based on his career averages. He needs just 30 games to enter the top 10 for games played in franchise history. If he plays a full season he will crack the top six.

Wall's playoff success has been rare for the franchise, as well. He has led the Wizards to three appearances in the Eastern Conference Semifinals after Washington had only been once since 1982 and just twice since 1979.

Add it all up and it's a safe bet no player will ever wear the No. 2 jersey in Washington once Wall's time with the Wizards is over.

Now, as for that second goal. Obviously, winning a championship is much more difficult and unpredictable than Wall having his jersey retired. The franchise has a title, but hasn't even been to the Eastern Conference Finals since 1979.

It won't be easy, but clearly Wall is motivated to continue building on the success he has had with Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and others. 

"We definitely have a lot of unfinished business. I want to bring a championship here, so we're going to keep striving to get that. I'm not going to stop until we get there. That's why I wanted to come back to this city," Wall said.

[RELATED: John Wall reflects on the last seven years as a Wizard]

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Wizards 2017-18 roster outlook: Can Daniel Ochefu earn playing time in a crowded frontcourt?

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Wizards 2017-18 roster outlook: Can Daniel Ochefu earn playing time in a crowded frontcourt?

As part of CSN's preview for the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we preview Daniel Ochefu's season...

Player: Daniel Ochefu

Position: Center

Age: 23

2016-17 stats: 19 G, 3.9 mpg, 1.3 ppg, 0.2 apg, 1.2 rpg, 0.1 spg, 0.0 bpg, 44.4 FG%, 00.0 3P%, 00.0 FT%, 44.4 eFG%, 91 ORtg, 108 DRtg

2017-18 storyline: Ochefu was no different than the other Wizards' rookies in that he didn't get much playing time at all in 2016-17. Even with Ian Mahinmi missing 51 games, Ochefu rarely saw the floor. Head coach Scott Brooks instead opted for Jason Smith to play extensive minutes in Mahinmi's absence and relied on Marcin Gortat to carry the load.

Injuries or not, that was to be expected for Ochefu, who signed with the Wizards as an undrafted free agent out of Villanova. After holding no picks in the 2016 draft, the Wizards saw enough promise in Ochefu to sign him and stash him on the back of their roster as a prospect.


The Wizards see potential in Ochefu especially on the defensive end. He was never a big scorer in college, but was essential to Villanova's national championship team as a rebounder and rim protector.

Ochefu will probably have a hard time seeing the floor again this season with the same frontcourt returning. If Mahinmi plays more this year, that even further soldifies Ochefu's role as a third or fourth string guy. And like Sheldon Mac, Ochefu's contract isn't fully guaranteed unless he's still on the roster in January.

Potential to improve: Rim protection, post moves, consistency.


Can John Wall take another step after earning All-NBA?

Is this the year Bradley Beal becomes an All-Star?

What is the next step in Otto Porter's development?

Markieff Morris can be an X-factor this season

Will Marcin Gortat's role change or be the same this year?

Will Kelly Oubre, Jr. make a big leap this season?

Can Ian Mahinmi make a bigger impact in his second season?

Will Tim Frazier be the solution at backup point guard?

Jodie Meeks could make big impact off bench

Mike Scott can add toughness to Wizards' bench

Jason Smith's improvement as a shooter should help Wizards bench

Will Tomas Satoransky's role expand in his second year?

Will Sheldon Mac be given a bigger opportunity?



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Holding back tears, John Wall thanks his mom in Kentucky HOF speech

Holding back tears, John Wall thanks his mom in Kentucky HOF speech

On Friday evening, John Wall was inducted to the Kentucky Hall-of-Fame, but it was not the memories of Wall's historic time at the University of Kentucky that was the theme of the night.

Rather it was Wall's speech and when he gave a tear-jerking section of it talking about his mom. 

“And last but not least – can you stand up – can ya’ll give recognition to my mom, Frances Pully.”

**pauses for applause**

“I hope she don’t cry and I told her I wouldn’t cry but it might get a little difficult tonight. Ummm, I just want to thank yo-“ pasues to hold back tears. “I want to say thank you for being my mom.

"I know it’s tough growing up with me and my two sisters, seeing my dad go to jail at a young age. You sacrificing everything. I’ve seen you pick me up to school, take me to school, and only pick me up from school. I always wondered what it feel like to be able to do things for my mom, I never had the chance. You know uh, you always told me, when I was sixteen you said, you know Iwas a hard-headed kid, I know you used to hate when I was in kindergarten. You had to sit in the parking a lot of the time because I could never stay in school for more than in 30 minutes, I was always getting kicked out. And she had to drive 45 minutes to take me to school.”

“Then all of a sudden, I started playing AAU basketball. I meet one of my close friends D.J., we call him Grizzly, and she would miss a lot tournaments but she would sacrifice sometimes not paying the light bill just so I could to go play basketball. Then when I was sixteen-years-old, I kept getting in trouble, she took basketball away from me.  She said, ‘you could go down the same road as your daddy, your brothers or you could be somebody special and change our families lives.’ And that is when I want to thank Coach Cal. My senior year I got a breaking and entering charge, just doing some dumb stuff to a kid that had an opportunity to go college. And one of the first people that came down there in 24 hours was Coach Cal. And he said, ‘listen you’re coming to school, I’m getting you away from here.’ And a lot of coaches would have ran from that they wouldn’t have believed on me, they would have gave up on me. And see what I did, see what I accomplished, and the person I have became, I couldn’t thank nobody else.”

“I want to thank you mom for being who you are, being a strong, powerful woman, having that gritty attitude that some people look at me and see in my face and they say ‘Well John Wall is not approachable.’ Well I get it from my mom. And I’m cool with that because when you really get to know me I’m really a loyal person, I’m a family person. And I just want to thank you for being my mom. I wouldn’t ask for nobody else in this world to be my mom. I hope whoever I marry, whoever the mom to my kid, they can be just as strong as you is [sic] and just as powerful."

To see this section of his speech, click the video at the top of the page.


Once Wall's moment was over, he broke out his legendary Kentucky jersey, a little tighter than from eight years ago.

"It feels good to put this back on one more time too."

Before he left the stage and the night was done, he entertained with his famous, arm-flexing John Wall dance.