WASHINGTON — With so little time to get together and a team largely comprised of unfamiliars, it’s hardly fair to criticize the Wizards for not having a concrete plan of what they’ll do during the National Anthem this season.
They might do nothing, for the record. They might do the same thing they’ve always done, which is stand at attention, hands over their hearts or behind their backs, and wait patiently as the performer runs through the song.
However, they might do something, and that’s what everybody wanted to know at Monday’s Media Day.
The consensus was the team is going to get together during training camp this week and discuss what action they want to take, if any. But regardless of what they do, or don’t do, it sounds as though the team wants to be united and unanimous in its decision.
Here’s what various members of the team had to say on the matter.
“We’re just sitting back and we’re going to have a talk as a whole team, as a group, and figure out what we want to do.”
“Individually, I haven’t really thought about doing anything, or what I would do in that situation. I think if we do [something], I think it’ll be as a team. I think we’re gonna talk to Coach [Scott] Brooks, and as a team get together on what we feel is right and what we feel as though we should do, if we’re going to do anything. But it’s a tough subject, given on how you view it, because it is bringing awareness to something, but it can be a distraction, too.
“At the end of the day, you have to stand firm on what you believe in, and you can’t straddle the fence one way or another, so it’s either you’re either all in or you’re all out. So I think as a team we’re going to figure out what it is we want to do and we’re gonna stay with it.”
“My view is it’s unity. Whatever the team comes up with together, we’ll do together. It’s unfortunate events that’s been happening, but we want to be together more than me separated by myself.”
In the video above, in which Wall speaks with WPGC’s Steph Lova, the point guard reveals the team has plans to go to the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture before the season begins. He also discusses the team’s possible protest again, saying the team planned to discuss any potential action it would take Monday night at dinner in Richmond.
“You don’t want to just leave one individual out there by himself, I think it should be a team thing, and whatever we decide, I hope it’s a great cause and we represent what we’re supposed to represent,” Wall said.
We’ll find out either when the Wizards kick off the preseason, on Oct. 4, or when they start regular season action, on the road in Atlanta on Oct. 27.