Washington Wizards guard John Wall posted an Instagram photo of himself and Bradley Beal on Thursday, taking an apparent shot at the NBA’s super teams.
Certainly, plenty of teams have taken dramatic steps to improve.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics struck a mega deal centered around Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas. Cleveland added Dwyane Wade, the Oklahoma City Thunder made separate deals for Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, and the Houston Rockets traded for Chris Paul.
These moves were all in an apparent response to the Golden State Warriors, who dominated the regular season and playoffs en route to a title after adding Kevin Durant to a team that won 73 games the year prior.
Wall’s Wizards, who were only one game away from the Eastern Conference Finals a season ago, have done very little in comparison. Time will tell if the apparent chip on Wall’s shoulder will make a difference. But given that the Wizards were already slightly behind the league’s best teams, it will be an uphill battle for them.