Wizards like how Gortat will fit into lineup
Give this to John Wall: He's only interested in passing the basketball. Not the buck.
The point guard, who signed an $80 million extension in the offseason, tempered the feel-good atmosphere after the Wizards acquired Marcin Gortat with a frank evaluation of himself.
"The shots I take, I don't feel like sometimes they were great shots. I wasn't being aggressive, trying to get to the basket and go the line," said Wall about his 35.3% shooting (29 of 82) in seven preseason games and 11.7% from three (2 of 17). "I was just settling and taking tough shots."
The Wizards only won twice. Nene played out of position at center with Emeka Okafor, who was shipped to the Phoenix Suns for Gortat on Friday, out indefinitely with a herniated disk. Jan Vesely started at power forward until being replaced by Trevor Booker.
Still, Wall refused to offer those changes as excuses for his play in which he had four turnovers three times and five on two occasions.
"I didn't play good at all this preseason. …. (Okafor was) a big part of what we did defensively, but turning the ball over he can't really control that. The ball is in the guards' hands," Wall said.
The opener at the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday can't come fast enough (CSN, 7:30 p.m. ET).
"Very excited. Practice (Saturday) was fun. It's just exciting knowing its a fresh start. I can be there at the start of the season," said Wall, who was out at this point a year ago with a knee injury and missed the first 33 regular-season games. "I was excited to be a training camp, just seeing what this team can do with everybody being healthy from the start."