Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 4/18/12

Like the NFL lockout, the NBA lockout left players looking for different ways to remain in shape last summer. Some of them succeeded in finding them, but many did not. With the Wizards toting a 15-46 record with five games remaining in the season, it’s hard to point toward one particular thing that has gone wrong for them over the past few seasons. However, John Wall says a lack of preparation during the lockout could be part of it.

“I didn’t think I had a disadvantage (being a young player during the lockout),” Wall told Wizards.com according to Bullets Forever. “I just think that, instead of working out more, I did more of playing in charity events and summer leagues, when I should have been working out more. That’s the only thing I think I should have done differently, but it was a great experience going to different states and venues.”

Flip Saunders may have coached his way out of town in the nation’s capital, but it sounds like he was right about the teams lack of preparation. At the beginning of the shortened season, Flip said he thought one of the Wizards’ problems was that Wall and company played in too many summer league games. As you can see, Wall agrees.

In reality, there are several factors that have contributed to another horrendous season in Washington. Not doing enough to prepare certainly hasn’t helped.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk
Photo credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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