Wall has high hopes for season

The Sports Xchange

Wizards point guard John Wall is spending part of his summer vacation making the rounds on the interview circuit and is gaining a lot of attention for speculating that the Wizards will be a playoff team this season.

With the departure of Andray Blatche, whom the Wizards released using the amnesty provision, Wall is the longest tenured member of the team.

Wall will be starting his third season and will have a couple of new backcourt mates this year. Rookie Bradley Beal will be at the two-guard spot coming off the bench for Jordan Crawford, and the new backup point guard is A.J. Price, signed as a free agent after he was released by the Indiana Pacers.

Shelvin Mack, Wall's backup last season, had trouble with the position during summer league and is expected to be used more as a shooting guard than a point guard this year. The roster changes have increased Wall's level of optimism for the coming season.

"We added Nene last year as a true low-post presence that can pass and score," Wall said recently on the Jim Rome Show. "Making a trade to get Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor, someone that won a championship and also has veteran experience in the playoffs, and adding a great sharpshooter in Bradley Beal."

Asked about his goals for this season, Wall said, "It's time for me to be in the playoffs, it's time for me to be an All-Star."

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