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The Wizards' Biggest Star Might Also Be Their Biggest Problem


It's no secret that the Washington Wizards are imploding from the inside.

Aside from an abysmal record, locker room concerns have been the story of the season. Recently, a report describing a "heated" practice and exchange between John Wall and Scott Brooks went viral, and further legitimized the claims of dysfunction within the organization.

Of course, this all comes after the news of the team making all their players available in the trade market.

While names like Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. are being thrown, John Wall's future may be the one Washington is looking to escape from the most. Though, for more than one reason, that'll prove to be especially challenging.

According to an anonymous Wizards' player, the All-Star point guard isn't exactly the easiest guy to coach.

(via the ESPN Stephen A Smith radio show)

"We love Scott Brooks. Love playing for him. He just can't coach John. John just walks all over him and it frustrates everybody. The way he plays is impossible to play with. We have so many guns, not enough bullets."

"If John would just play off the ball and let others eat, we'd be fine. But that's a difficult thing for him to do, and sometimes difficult for us to watch."

On the court, there are a number of flaws. Most glaring is his inability to shoot, which has handicapped his game since his arrival into the league.

Now, with news of Wall's problems in the locker room as well, his stock has dipped quite a bit.

If he really is this un-coachable, ego-driven star, his presence would be toxic in almost any situation.

Thus, the Wizards have become stuck in a log-jam of sorts. They can't really get rid of Wall, as his contract and now fractured reputation have made him nearly un-tradeable. Scott Brooks could be the easy scapegoat, but if Wall is the only one having issues with him, then is Brooks really the problem?

In the midst of this drama, Washington will have to make some serious decisions as they look to change the culture of a dying locker room.