When John Wall is asked a direct question, he often has no problem getting straight to the point. Many athletes will talk in platitudes and give non-answers, but that's not Wall's style. If you ask a question, he will answer it.
On Thursday night he appeared on TNT's 'Inside the NBA' and was asked a simple question by Shaquille O'Neal: "At the end of the year, where do you see the Wizards?"
Wall quickly replied: "I see ourselves getting to the Eastern Conference Finals. That's our goal."
That may have seemed unrealistic when the Wizards began the season 2-8, but now 25-20 on the year and owners of the fifth seed in the East, that doesn't seem too far-fetched at all. The Cleveland Cavaliers still reign supreme in the East, but there is no question the Wizards can stack up to the rest of their conference.
Getting to the Eastern Conference Finals would be quite the accomplishment. The Bullets/Wizards franchise hasn't been there since 1979. No Washington, D.C. major sports team (NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB) has advanced that far since the Capitals lost in the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998
Wall sat down with Shaq and the TNT crew for over seven minutes on Thursday after he was named an NBA All-Star for the fourth time in his career. The whole interview is worth checking out, but here are some other highlights...
On who was the biggest All-Star snub, Wall said: "Bradley Beal. He's having a heck of a year... Of all the shooting guards outside of DeMar DeRozan, he's putting up big numbers in the East."
On his central role in the animosity between the Wizards and Celtics: "A lot of guys aren't like [Shaq and Charles Barkley's] era. They're too friendly. I'm not saying they've gotta try to hurt anybody, but it can be a more physical game. Just go out there and compete. You can be friends outside of the lines, but when you step in between those 94 feet, you've gotta go out there and go get it."
Watch Wall's full interview here: