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When it comes to professional sports teams and players-only meetings, two important aspects in whether it leads to improvement are the ability for everyone to speak freely and for egos to be checked at the door.
A recent such gathering did not go well for the Washington Wizards, according to all accounts, who promptly went out and were embarrassed by the Charlotte Hornets, 133-109, on Wednesday night.
The Wizards (26-20) did, however, bounce back to knock off the Detroit Pistons on Friday night in Detroit, 122-112. Washington plays at Dallas (15-31) on Monday night.
“We had our team meeting,” All-Star point guard John Wall told the Washington Post on Friday. “A couple guys took it the negative way and it hurt our team. Instead of taking 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 little bit.”
Wall’s backcourtmate, Bradley Beal, talked about the meeting for the first time Sunday.
“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. “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,” Beal continued, “but we didn’t accomplish what we needed to accomplish in that meeting.”
Beal said the time has passed for talking.
“We just need to win ballgames,” he said. “Like I told the guys, it doesn’t matter how many meetings we have.
“We can have a meeting after every game, but if we’re not mentally prepared for each game, we’re going to lose again.”