The Wizards have wrapped up their second West Coast road swing, and are back home for a game Saturday against a conference foe, the Toronto Raptors.
In this rundown, we discuss much needed rest for a star, the growing need for point guard depth, our favorite non-Wizard, and a little bit of homage.
Wall is Battered and Bruised
John Wall had a played well this week, most notably leading a come-from-behind win in LA in which he came just one rebound short of triple double. But it was the condition of his body that caused the most concern among fans. Toward the end of the game, Wall was noticeably limping with what would later be described as a possible Achilles tendon injury. Considering Brandon Jennings ruptured his Achilles recently and is now out for the season, I got scared. Scared!
But later, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reported that Wall has been dealing with migraine headaches for the past two weeks.
Wall said he wasn’t dealing with a sore Achilles. He was sick. Been dealing with migraines for 2 weeks.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) January 28, 2015
Well, that’s pretty awful. While the Wizards have the deepest, most balanced roster we’ve seen in quite some time, they’re clearly thinnest at the point guard position. And the coaching staff relies too heavily on Wall’s significant minutes to spell him, unfortunately.
Wall is scheduled to see a doctor about the issue today.
Bench Help Coming?
With John Wall’s health firmly a concern now, Wizards management continues to source for bench scoring to help what has become, at times, a lukewarm second unit. After having their name tossed about for Nate Robinson a couple weeks ago, Shams Charania of RealGM reported on January 28 that the Wizards are now expressing interest in Will Bynum, who is currently enjoying a Chinese sabbatical like our old friend 7 Day Dray.
Aside from Cavs, Wizards have placed interest in guard Will Bynum, sources tell RealGM. Bynum likely available from China in late March.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 28, 2015
It’s the right move. Washington desperately needs a combo guard who can play off the ball and hit shots from outside, or provide a change of pace to help defend quicker guards off the bench for opponents (e.g. Dennis Schroder, Lou Williams, Aaron Brooks, etc).
This move, in my opinion, is a lot more practical than the constant cajoling of Ray Allen.
A New Challenger Has Arrived
If you put your ear to the sports street in Washington, you’ll hear . . . something about the Redskins that doesn’t matter. Where did Raheem Morris eat lunch before he left town? Why hasn’t Desean Jackson done an Eastern Motors commercial yet? Hey, what’s up with Trent Williams’ new back tattoo? Is that a baby gorilla?
If you put your ear closer, some people are actually talking about a good team that’s winning games. They’re also talking about the most exciting non-story that’ll loom until the summer of 2016: Kevin Durant’s Return.
CANCEL THE CHICKEN WINGS & FRIED RICE ORDERS FOR THE EXTRAVAGANZA!
BLOCK OFF SILVER HILL ROAD!
WIDESPREAD PANIC ON SUITLAND PARKWAY!
(COREY SIPKIN/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
But seriously, this isn’t a big deal. The “report” from an unnamed source leans on Durant’s draw to play with Carmelo Anthony, but stops at just that. It would take a significant roster overhaul over the next season and a half to convince Durant to spend his prime years playing for a team whose biggest draw today is simply its market.
OT: Vintage Washington Basketball in Podcast
I’m an avid listener of the FiyaStarter.com podcast. On Thursday’s episode (#167), KBadd gave listeners a stark reminder of exactly how bad Washington’s rosters were during the pre-Michael Jordan years.
(Related: I don’t think I ever saw Lorenzo Williams actually take the floor for Washington. His back was too flimsy. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if he just wore underclothes under his warm-ups. That guy just collected checks.)