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John Wall shares big goals for him and Wizards after new contract

John Wall shares big goals for him and Wizards after new contract

With his new supermax contract keeping him in Washington for the next six seasons and into his 30s, Wizards point guard John Wall has outlined some specific goals he would like to reach by the time his playing career is over. Over and over at his press conference on Friday the ideas of winning a championship in Washington and getting his jersey up in the rafters were mentioned.

"I'm not going to stop until I get my jersey retired here and a banner here for a championship," he said during his opening remarks.

Team president Ernie Grunfeld even mentioned the jersey part.

"We hope one day he has his number up in the rafters and be one of the few players ever to maybe finish his career with one team," Grunfeld said.

[RELATED: Wall reacts to Kyrie Irving's situation in Cleveland]

The goal of his number being retired seems very attainable for Wall. One could argue he would deserve the honor if he left Washington today. The man already owns franchise records for career assists and steals, plus the single-season mark for assists. He's made four All-Star appearances, one All-NBA team and has led the Wizards to three playoff appearances in four years, including 2016-17 when they had their best season in 38 years.

The Bullets/Wizards franchise has only four retired numbers: 10 (Earl Monroe), 11 (Elvin Hayes), 25 (Gus Johnson), 41 (Wes Unseld). The last time any of those players appeared in a game for the franchise was 1981 (Hayes and Unseld). 

What Wall has done is already rare in the context of the Wizards' franchise. His four All-Star nods are the most for any Washington player since 1980. He is the first to earn All-NBA since Gilbert Arenas in 2007. Wall and Arenas are two of only three Wizards players (plus Rod Strickland) to make All-NBA in the last 20 years and only 13 have ever earned the honor in franchise history.

Wall's seven seasons in Washington are tied for 12th-most for the franchise. One more year and he will be tied for eighth. Two more seasons and Wall will be tied for second. Unseld holds the record, having played 13 seasons for the Bullets. Wall's new contract, a four-year deal worth $170 million that begins in 2019-20 is set to keep him in D.C. through his 13th NBA season.

[RELATED: Wall says extension with Wizards was never in doubt]

Wall is already seventh in franchise history in career points and is on pace to crack the top three this next season based on his career averages. He needs just 30 games to enter the top 10 for games played in franchise history. If he plays a full season he will crack the top six.

Wall's playoff success has been rare for the franchise, as well. He has led the Wizards to three appearances in the Eastern Conference Semifinals after Washington had only been once since 1982 and just twice since 1979.

Add it all up and it's a safe bet no player will ever wear the No. 2 jersey in Washington once Wall's time with the Wizards is over.

Now, as for that second goal. Obviously, winning a championship is much more difficult and unpredictable than Wall having his jersey retired. The franchise has a title, but hasn't even been to the Eastern Conference Finals since 1979.

It won't be easy, but clearly Wall is motivated to continue building on the success he has had with Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and others. 

"We definitely have a lot of unfinished business. I want to bring a championship here, so we're going to keep striving to get that. I'm not going to stop until we get there. That's why I wanted to come back to this city," Wall said.

[RELATED: John Wall reflects on the last seven years as a Wizard]

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Best moments from Wizards' loss to Hornets, including Oubre and Beal's big dunks

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Best moments from Wizards' loss to Hornets, including Oubre and Beal's big dunks

Here are the best plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 129-124 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night...

1. The Wizards couldn't do much to stop Dwight Howard in this one, but he did have one of his shots blocked. It was by the rim, though.

Watch Howard rise for an alley-oop, only to be rejected by the rim. 

That was about the only thing Howard did wrong. He finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds.


2. Bradley Beal didn't have a great shooting night, as he finished 7-for-22 despite dropping 22 points. He had a few nice dunks in the first half including this one:

3. John Wall had a strong game with 31 points and 11 assists on 13-of-26 shooting. This was his best assist, a thread-the-needle dish to Markieff Morris.

4. Here's another dunk from Beal, this one with two hands for good measure:

5. This was the best dunk of the night. Kelly Oubre, Jr. caught the Hornets sleeping with a nice putback slam. 

The Wizards closed their road trip a disappointing 1-2, but at least the game was entertaining.


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Wizards have letdown on defense, fall to Hornets in overtime

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Wizards have letdown on defense, fall to Hornets in overtime

The Washington Wizards lost the Charlotte Hornets 129-124 in overtime on Wednesday night at the Spectrum Center. Here's analysis of what went down...

Frustrating loss: The Wizards will not head into the Thanksgiving holiday a happy bunch. After an impressive road win at the Milwaukee Bucks, they let a winnable game slip away against the Hornets. They were up nine points with 3:32 left in the fourth, yet allowed the Hornets to force overtime and then dominate the extra period.

Defense was the problem for Washington. After holding opponents to 95 points or less in six of their last seven games, the Wizards gave up 129 points to an average offensive team. Yes, 15 of those points came in overtime, but the Wizards won't be happy with their defense after this one. They will probably regret the 53 bench points they gave up more than anything.

Beal, Wall heated up late: Neither John Wall or Bradley Beal had a rhythm in the first half, but both woke up later on for the Wizards. Wall had eight points in the first half, but on 3-for-11 shooting. Beal had seven points, but also on 3-for-11 from the field.

Stars can only be held in check for so long and Wall and Beal broke ultimately broke through. Wall had 11 points in the third quarter and Beal had seven. 

For a while it looked like Wall and Beal had taken the game over, but the Wizards couldn't take advantage despite Wall ending up with 31 points and 11 assists and Beal having 22 points, four rebounds and two steals.

Beal's night was highlighted by a series of dunks in the first half, including this one with two hands:


Howard was a beast: The Wizards did a good job limiting Dwight Howard this past spring when they faced the Hawks in the playoffs, but they had no such luck on Wednesday in their first meeting with Howard's Hornets. Howard was dominant down low with 26 points and 13 rebounds. The Hornets did a good job feeding him in the post and when he has position there are little options beyond sending him to the free throw line. 

Marcin Gortat (eight points, 11 rebounds) is a good match for Howard on most nights. They know each other well as former teammates with the Orlando Magic. Gortat had a fine game, but Howard was at his best on Wednesday. He was coming off of a 25-point, 20-rebound performance and he kept it going against the Wizards.

Howard also blocked Beal's buzzer-beater at the end of regulation. Beal got the ball with two seconds left and tried driving to his left down the baseline. Howard read the move and swatted the ball out of bounds. Howard then had a big bucket with less than a minute to go. He had a putback on an airballed three that was a backbreaker for the Wizards, who needed a stop.

Meeks and Scott were a plus: The Wizards got a nice boost from their bench from Jodie Meeks (nine points) and Mike Scott (13 points), two guys who have proven this season to be instant offense when they're at their best. Scott came in and hit a three with a pair of midrange jumpers in the first half. Meeks was getting it down in the paint with floaters and layups on nice cuts to the basket. 

Scott hit three threes and is now shooting 44.8 percent for the season. It's only on 29 attempts, but that's not bad at all.

Lamb was a problem: The Wizards had a lot of trouble with Hornets reserve Jeremy Lamb, who has been Charlotte's most improved player so far this season. He was a force off the bench with 24 points in 37 minutes. Lamb has always had a lot of potential as a freak athlete with a sweet jumper. He may be starting to truly put it all together.

The Wizards even tried Kelly Oubre, Jr., one of their best defenders, on him. But Lamb kept getting buckets and added seven rebounds and five assists. 

Up next: The Wizards are off for Thanksgiving and Friday. They pick back up on Saturday with the Portland Trail Blazers in town. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.