There is plenty of blame to go around in Washington for the Wizards’ 1-4 start and players are not being shy about pointing fingers.
Internal strife was a problem for the Wizards last season, leading to the trade of center Marcin Gortat, who was critical of All-Star John Wall.
Based on the tone in the locker room Friday after a 116-112 loss to the Sacramento Kings, the same issues are bubbling to the surface.
“I think sometimes we have our own agendas on the floor,” shooting guard Bradley Beal said. “Complaining about shots, complaining about playing time, whatever it may be, we’re worried about our own (expletive).”
The Wizards spoiled a lead entering the fourth quarter and the Kings pulled away. Washington botched its chances in the final minute with three turnovers in the final 30 seconds.
“We got guys who’s worried about who’s getting shots, where the ball is going on the offensive end,” Wall said. “We should never worry about that. No matter if we’re missing or making shots, we got to be able to compete on the other end. And if you can’t do it on both ends of the floor, you don’t need to be playing.”
Wall said the bottom line going forward is communication must improve.
“We showed glimpses when we do stuff as a team, we show how good we can be,” he said. “And then we go back to trying to do it individually — and that’s mostly on the defensive end. Not helping each other out, not team rebounding and that’s what’s killing us.”
–Field Level Media