John Wall popped up during Friday's news cycle for things said by John Calipari. The other half of the Wizards' backcourt, Bradley Beal, garnered some mild attention for comments he made about a hypothetical Eastern Conference Finals matchup against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It's been three weeks since Washington's season ended abruptly in the semifinal round against Atlanta. The series went six games with the last four all one-possession games inside the final 10 seconds despite Wall missing two games and then playing two with a wrist fractures. The top-seeded Hawks won Game 5 on Al Horford's putback inside the final second. Paul Pierce needed to get his potential -- and rather miraculous -- game-tying 3-pointer off a fraction of a second earlier. No wonder Pierce and the Wizards collectively walked into the offseason muttering "What if."
That's essentially what Beal discussed Friday in Oakland during an appearance on ESPN2 talk show "First Take" on location for the NBA FInals.
After praising Beal's stepped up game in the postseason, co-host Stephen A. Smith, went into the shoulda, coulda, woulda talk with the third-year guard and panel.
“My point is if John Wall hadn’t gotten hurt, the Washington Wizards would’ve been in the East finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers,” Smith statd. “If that had happened, what would’ve happened? Would LeBron be sitting here right now?”
“Yeah, he’ll be talking to y’all right now,” said a smiling Beal. “Wishful thinking.”