When a team holds a players-only meeting the expectation is that issues will be discussed, resolved and the players will come together to move forward.
That’s what the Washington Wizards anticipated when a players-only meeting of their own was held, but it didn’t exactly go as planned.
In fact, it may have backfired.
“At our team meeting, I think a couple guys took it in a negative way,” Wizards guard John Wall said of the meeting, via Cam Ellis of NBC Sports Washington. “It hurt our team. Instead of using it in a positive way like we did in the past and using it to build our team up, it kind of set us back a bit.”
Bradley Beal was a bit more harsh with his analysis of the meeting.
“It was tough. I try to keep all our stuff as personal as possible but I think in a way not everybody got a chance to speak whenever they wanted to,” Beal said, via Candace Buckner of The Washington Post.
“They didn’t want to bring up an issue or something they had a problem with on the team. Regardless of what may be going on, as men we’ve got to be able to accept what the next man says, be respectful about it and move on from it. I think it was one of those situations where we didn’t necessarily get everything that we wanted to get accomplished.
“Honestly, it was probably — I won’t say pointless, but we didn’t accomplish what we needed to accomplish in that meeting.”
The Wizards (26-20) are not performing as many expected them too and head coach Scott Brooks has openly questioned their effort.