For the good of John Wall, and more importantly, the good of the Washington Wizards, Emeka Okafor felt obligated to speak up; the conversation needed to be had. Wall had hit the bottom of one of his worst career slumps during a late February loss to Detroit and didn’t respond well to getting benched after committing five turnovers in the first quarter of the 96-95 loss. He publicly criticized his teammates for not catching his passes, and continued to pout and complain in the locker room about sitting most of the fourth quarter.
When Okafor attempted to explain afterward why Coach Randy Wittman had to make the decision to give A.J. Price more playing time, Wall snapped back, leading to a heated argument that was audible from the walls on the other side of the training room.