Wall: Wizards must back up their words, 'earn that respect'

Posted On: Jul 17, 2018   |   Posted By: TheScore

The Washington Wizards and their players have seemingly made it a yearly occurrence to talk themselves up to the rest of the Association. However, without the postseason success to back it all up, their proclamations tend to fall on deaf ears. John Wall hopes he and his teammates can let their actions do the talking throughout the 2018-19 campaign and not allow their mouths to sign checks which they ultimately can't cash. "We want to go out with a different mindset and a different focus. We're not trying to go in and think we're a team that has already established something and got respect from people. We have to earn that respect and that means going out and competing every night against the good teams or the bad teams," Wall said on NBC Sports Washington's " Wizards Tipoff " podcast. His All-Star backcourt mate Bradley Beal declared in November that the Wizards were the team to beat in the Eastern Conference, hours before facing off with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. James' response was to...

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