John Wall is sending messages to himself, mapping out an agenda in scribbles and snapshots: reminders of goals not yet achieved and slights both real and imagined.
There are rankings to set straight, doubts to squelch, expectations to manage. So Wall is utilizing every available tool—a cell-phone camera to capture the insults, a Sharpie to spell out his mission.
When the Washington Wizards open the season Oct. 30 in Detroit, Wall will take the court with the word “playoffs” scribbled on his shoes. He will repeat the exercise every day, through 82 games, lest he or anyone else lose sight of the goal.