The last two seasons, John Wall has been an All-Star. He was voted a starter for the East in February. Based on where he is with his conditioning alone for the 2015-16 season could vault him to another level going into Year 6. He has given up a major vice.
"Everything," Wall said of the latest additions to his do-not-eat list. "Gummi Bears. You know the type of snacks you have at the side of your bed.
"Just not eating a lot of carbs, not eating too much bad food, snacks at night and stuff like that."
The fast-paced tempo that the Wizards are going to play with this season, which begins Wednesday, has forced Wall to go to another level. To be able to perform at an elite level on both ends, with little rest in between, requires it.
Wall said earlier in the preseason than none of the Wizards could have maintained the pace they've played with in coach Randy Wittman's new scheme of four perimeter players and one big inside during last season. It's pressure offense in addition to the defense. It's constant ball movement, reading and reacting and getting back to slow down the transition of the opponent.
"I had to get into better shape," Wall said. "Like I've said (before), last year's shape probably wouldn't have helped me in the start of this preseason the way we were playing. ... I can still get in better shape."