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John Wall and Bradley Beal call out teammates in all too familiar way

John Wall and Bradley Beal call out teammates in all too familiar way

After five games, this season is not only looking a lot like last year. It's sounding like it, too.

After a bad loss against the Kings, John Wall and Bradley Beal questioned the commitment of their teammates to the collective goals of the team. All of it sounded very familiar.

It was after they lost a winnable game to a less-talented opponent. That happened many times last season. And, quite often, Wall and Beal explained the problem as guys focusing too much on themselves and their own individual stats.

One year later, it's happening again.

"Everyone has their own agenda," Wall said (see video above). "We've got guys that are worrying about not getting shots and where the ball is going on the offensive end. We shouldn't worry about that. No matter if you're missing or making shots, you gotta be able to compete on the other end. If you can't do it on both ends of the floor, then you don't need to be playing."

"We suck right now," Beal added. "I feel like sometimes we have our own agendas on the floor. We complain about shots or complain about playing time; whatever it may be. We're worried about the wrong s***."

Last year, when Wall and Beal said these things, there were many assumed culprits. But year-over-year changes to the roster allow for some deductive reasoning.

Marcin Gortat is gone. So are bench players like Jodie Meeks, Mike Scott and Tim Frazier.

The main holdovers, excluding Wall and Beal, are Otto Porter Jr., Markieff Morris, Kelly Oubre Jr., Ian Mahinmi and Tomas Satoransky. Certainly they could be referring to new additions like Austin Rivers or Jeff Green, but if Wall and Beal are saying many of the same things they said last year, it likely comes down to a combination of those aforementioned names.

On Friday night, Porter certainly stood out on the box score. He played only 21 minutes and scored five points on six shots. For what seems like years now there has been a narrative that Porter needs to get more shots.

Whether Porter expressed that himself or not, the team seems tired of talking about his shot totals. Wall even said as much last week, remarking "this is the last time I will talk about Otto Porter shooting threes."

Porter had a dreadful game against the Kings, no matter how you spin it. Usually, he can help out in other ways like rebounding or on defense. But on Friday, head coach Scott Brooks opted to play Oubre instead of Porter for much of the second half.

Morris is praised by his coach and teammates for not complaining about his share of shots. Unless those are empty platitudes, it has to be something else for him. If they are referring to Morris, it could be his costly turnover in the closing seconds, or the fact his frontcourt counterparts had huge nights offensively. It could be about his defense and rebounding.

Power forward Nemanja Bjelica had 26 points and 12 rebounds and center Willie Cauley-Stein had 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Morris and others did little to stop them.

Oubre had a strong game offensively, but made key errors on the other end. He had a bad turnover himself with 5:19 left in the fourth quarter.

Satoransky only played 11 minutes and took two shots. Mahinmi seems unlikely because getting shots isn't really his thing.

Wall and Beal may even own up to some of their criticism themselves, as they have done so in the past. But the real question is how they can stop all of it, knowing the problem just won't go away.

Wall said they have tried very recently to hash it out as a group. It's just not working.

"[During team meetings] everybody is just listening. It's either me, Brad, Jeff [Green] or one of the veteran guys. They just kind of listen. It's like, when are you going to put it all together? We talk about it like every game so far. It's a veteran team and it's like we go back to the same thing," he said.

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2019 NBA Draft preview: Wizards have many possibilities at No. 9 pick

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2019 NBA Draft preview: Wizards have many possibilities at No. 9 pick

The 2019 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 20. The Wizards hold the ninth overall pick. Here's everything you need to know...

When: 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York

TV: NBC Sports Washington will have Wizards-centric draft coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. on TV and the MyTeams app, the official broadcast is on ESPN

Wizards' picks: Ninth overall in first round with potential to add a second round pick via trade or by purchasing one from another team

Wizards needs: Rim protection, perimeter defense, forward depth, guard depth

What to watch for: The Wizards' best bet is probably to trade down for more picks, but it all depends on how the board shakes out. There is a chance a top prospect falls unexpectedly.

Point guard Coby White of North Carolina is one to keep an eye on. The Wizards worked him out this week in Washington despite him ranking higher than ninth on most mock drafts. Many expect him to go to Phoenix or Chicago ahead of the Wizards. But if he falls, that could become an easy decision, even with John Wall and Bradley Beal in the mix.

If White isn't there, their best choice may be either Sekou Doumbouya, Nassir Little, Jaxson Hayes or Bol Bol. All four would help them defensively and offer high upside. 

The most controversial player is definitely Cam Reddish, who is a boom-or-bust prospect that may or may not be there when the Wizards are on the clock.

Lottery order:

1. Pelicans
2. Grizzlies
3. Knicks
4. Pelicans (trade with Lakers)
5. Cavaliers
6. Suns
7. Bulls
8. Hawks
9. Wizards
10. Hawks (trade with Mavericks)
11. Timberwolves
12. Hornets
13. Heat
14. Celtics (trade with Kings)

Big board:

1. Zion Williamson, Duke
2. Ja Morant, Murray State
3. R.J. Barrett, Duke
4. De'Andre Hunter, Virginia
5. Darius Garland, Vanderbilt
6. Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech
7. Coby White, North Carolina
8. Cam Reddish, Duke
9. Sekou Doumbouya, France
10. Nassir Little, North Carolina
11. Jaxson Hayes, Texas
12. Keldon Johnson, Kentucky
13. Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga
14. Bol Bol, Oregon
 

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LeBron James reportedly puts together star-studded cast of players for Space Jam 2

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LeBron James reportedly puts together star-studded cast of players for Space Jam 2

LeBron James has begun assembling his team to take on the Monstars in Space Jam 2, and as you'd expect, the roster is full of star power.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, and Klay Thompson are expected to have key roles, along with WNBA players Diana Taurasi and Nneka Ogwumike. Several other NBA and WNBA players, including Nneka's sister Chiney Ogwumike, are expected to appear in the movie.

Fittingly, Davis will be teaming up with James in real life too, after the Lakers acquired the All-Star big man from the Pelicans. 

Space Jam 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on July 16, 2021. The movie will be produced by Black Panther and Creed director Ryan Coogler, while Terence Nance will direct. 

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