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Chris Miller asks John Wall about the best guards in Wizards history


Chris Miller asks John Wall about the best guards in Wizards history

John Wall sat down with CSN's Chris Miller for an exclusive one-on-one interview as the Wizards head into the offseason.

After racking up 792 assists for Washington in the 2014-15 season, Wall is just 833 away from breaking the franchise's all-time assist record. He would need to average 10.2 dimes for 82 games next season to reach that milestone.

Wall hadn't realized he was so close to the record and didn't think it would be all that hard to break next year. 

"Well that lets me know that if I didn't get injured my first year, and if I didn't sit out those games my third year from injury, I might have already broken the record," Wall said laughing. He also credited the teammates around him. "Having guys that I know can knock down shots or having big men that can roll and finish around the paint. I have the trust in those guys to pass them the ball."

The conversation moved to the greatest point guards in Washington Wizards and Bullets history. 

"I heard he was smooth, smooth sailing," Wall said of Earl "The Pearl" Monroe. "That's all I really could say. I obviously didn't watch him, but they say he was nice, he was crafty."

He was more familiar with Rod Strickland. 

"My man. I heard he'd tape all his fingers up, he'd throw up before the games, but he brought the dog in him. He had the dog, the street ball in him and he was a great player," Wall said. "Probably one of the best finishers around the basket, but also did a great job of running his team and setting guys up."

And last, but certainly not least interesting, Miller asked about Gilbert Arenas. 

"Like a big brother to me. You know we still talk, we still communicate. He wishes me the best of luck." Wall answered. "To be anywhere near him, and all those other guys, is huge because when I was sitting back in high school and college and watching him hit game-winners and turn it around, it was pretty big and amazing to see. He was probably one of the top five best players of the time."

The All-Star guard turned shy when pressed to evaluate his own game. 

"God blessed me with the ability and talents to be able to create for a lot of my teammates. I think me just building the trust even when I wasn't a great offensive player, scoring and taking bad shots at times," he said.

"I feel like I can shoot a lot more, but my job is to get everybody else involved and make sure those guys stay in a rhythm ... My main goal to is to bring a championship here. That's something that hasn't been done in a long, long time."

You can watch the full interview above. 

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

The All-Star break came at a good time for Wizards point guard Tim Frazier, who missed their last game before the week off due to nasal fracture surgery.

Frazier was back at the Wizards' practice on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena and expects to play on Thursday when the team returns to action on the road at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I feel good. I feel like I can go out there and help them compete," he said.


Frazier, 27, had surgery to repair his broken nose on Feb. 11 after he was knocked out of the previous night's game between the Wizards and Bulls. Frazier collided face-first with the knee of Bobby Portis and was immediately ushered to the locker room with blood streaming from his nose.

Following the procedure, Frazier had to battle through pain and breathing issues. He feels much better now and had no complications after participating in a full practice.

The challenge now is adjusting to a fitted mask he will have to wear to return to the court. Frazier has never had to wear a mask before in his basketball career.

"[Sweat] was one of the issues today, trying to keep it dry when I'm sweating underneath," he said.

"He looked good," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I thought he would be a little uncomfortable with it, but he seemed fine."


Frazier has been given advice from the Wizards' training staff, as well as teammate Bradley Beal who has had to wear a mask twice before in his career.

"Brad said that after a while you get used to it. Nobody wants to wear it for the rest of their careers besides Rip Hamilton," Frazier said.

Getting Frazier back is significant for the Wizards, who are already down a point guard with John Wall rehabbing from left knee surgery. Without Frazier against the Knicks on Wednesday, the Wizards had to use Beal and Otto Porter to bring the ball up at times. Now, with Tomas Satoransky and Frazier, they have a starting point guard and a backup who is used to playing the position.

They could have three point guards, as the Wizards continue to weigh their options in free agency. They have to add a player within the next two days to meet the league's minimum roster requirement. Most of the free agents they have evaluated have been point guards as they aim to compensate for Wall's absence, which could last well into the month of March.


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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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