John Wall fined for cursing out Scott Brooks

Chris Lingebach
November 19, 2018 - 9:36 pm
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My God are the Wizards coming unglued.

Monday morning brought news – via Woj Bomb – that the 5-11 Wizards were on the verge of being dismantled.

From ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski:

As the Washington Wizards' season spirals, the franchise is making every player on its roster -- including All-Star guards John Wall and Bradley Beal -- available to discuss in trade scenarios, league sources told ESPN on Monday.

Washington's preference remains to reshape the team around Wall and Beal, but poor play among key teammates is limiting their trade value and paralyzing the Wizards' efforts to make meaningful changes to a roster that no longer appears functional together, league sources said.

Wojnarowski was certain to specify that Washington has not directly "shopped its All-Star backcourt," however it is "rapidly becoming apparent to the organization that it needs to start considering overtures for them."

One contributing factor to Washington considering trading its stars: Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre "fetched minimal interest" on the trade market. There's only so much the organization can do to reshuffle its jammed up books with Porter, Beal and Wall all playing on max deals.

But this was merely the prelude to the real show. Details slowly started trickling out on Monday, indicating a recent practice had turned heated, with verbal altercations popping up across the gym.

Oh my, did the fireworks fly...

According to Woj, Wizards coach Scott Brooks had challenged his team in this practice to raise their intensity. Wall would fire back with a simple: "F*** you."

During this same practice, Bradley Beal and Austin Rivers also got into it, resulting in Beal channeling his inner comments section of every Wizards-related blog post in town:

Beal and Rivers have a storied rivalry on the court dating back to their time on the AAU circuit. At Wizards media day in September, Beal told 106.7 The Fan the two "grew up with the mindset of: we're foes," although he assured they'd put their history in the rearview.

 

 

September 24, 2018

The impetus for Wall verbally degrading his head coach seems to be a dispute between he and Jeff Green. When Brooks intervened, that's when Wall hit him with the F-bomb.

Oh, and Kelly Oubre reportedly followed Wall's profane lead during a recent game.

Wall was inevitably fined by the organization for cursing out Brooks, Woj reports: "After teammate Jeff Green and Brooks pushed Wall and Wizards teammates to raise the level of intensity in a practice last week, Wall fired back with 'f--- you,' toward Brooks, league sources said."

Wall apologized to Brooks shortly thereafter.

November 20, 2018

Anyhow, Candace Buckner reports league circles remain skeptical that the Wizards would actually trade Wall or Beal.

At least there's a happy ending...

Yep. This will probably end well.

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