John Wall Reportedly Met with Marcin Gortat to Clear Air After Critical Comments
Wall has been out since Jan. 25 with a knee injury that will sideline him for up to two months.
Gortat initially caused waves around the league when he apparently slighted the five-time All-Star point guard in a tweet:
After the Wizards won their first five games without Wall, there was talk about the team being better off. When he was asked about it on ESPN’s The Jump, he clearly wasn’t happy.
"It was kind of shocking to hear a couple people say the ball is moving a lot better when that’s what I pride myself off of, being more happy when my teammates are scoring than I am," he said last Tuesday, via ESPN.com.
He had even harsher comments for Gortat.
"It was more just shock to hear it from him, understanding he gets the most assists from me and the most spoon-fed baskets ever," Wall said.
According to Haynes, both players requested the meeting but "there is still more work to be done to fully repair that relationship."
Wall is expected to return before the end of the season and will have to reintegrate himself into the lineup before the postseason. Whether his teammates like him or not, he will need to be at his best in order for the squad to make a deep run in the playoffs.
The Wizards are tied for fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 32-24 record after Tuesday’s games. They have reached the conference semifinals in three of the last four seasons.
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February 13, 2018 at 10:23PM