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.