http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wizards-insider/wp/2014/07/30/wizards-john-wall-on-goal-for-next-season-the-finals/LAS VEGAS – The Wizards’ season ended with a disappointing loss to the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, but to John Wall, the team has been winning ever since.
Wall, who has been a part of the franchise’s painful rise from laughingstock to respectability, believes the heightened expectations for next season are warranted and should be embraced. And after earning his first career all-star appearance and playoff berth last season, Wall aspires for much more as an encore.
“The Finals. All you can ask for now is the Finals,” Wall said from Team USA training camp in Las Vegas when asked for his goals for the upcoming season. “We’ve been to the second round. We know what it takes to win. We know what we need to do. We know everybody needs to get better individually, and I think [the front office] just did a great job of adding pieces, great veteran guys that know what it takes to win.”
This offseason, the Wizards brought back Coach Randy Wittman and center Marcin Gortat, lured free agent future Hall of Famer Paul Pierce, bolstered the front line with the additions of Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair and watched Glen Rice Jr. and Otto Porter Jr. emerge as two of the standouts at NBA summer league. And this week, Wall and Bradley Beal are one of just two sets of teammates in the 20-man talent pool in Las Vegas vying for 12 roster spots on the FIBA World Cup.
“It’s a great sign for our team, for us continuing to grow and it’s just showing that we’re constantly getting better,” Beal said. “ We’re definitely going to be more than ready going into the season, and we’re definitely going to show up. Last year, we got a great taste of the playoffs, made it to the second round. We were this close from the Eastern Conference finals, so hopefully, that’ll be our goal this year is to get there and then we’ll see where it goes. We definitely want to get back to that second round, but we definitely want to take it one step at a time.”
Nice to see him aiming high. The Wizards should only be better and I think they're going to be everybody's dark horse to win the East. They're talented enough. The question will be if they remain healthy enough and learn from last season's mistakes.