John Wall returns to DC Monday for the first time since the Washington Wizards traded to the Houston Rockets on Dec. 2. The trade happened more than two months ago, and Wall still has a lot of feelings about the Wizards. ‘decided to move on and exchange it for Russell Westbrook.
Wall recently sat down for an extensive interview with Fred Katz at the Athletic to talk about those feelings, and revealed how things went down with the trade, as he told his team-mate Bradley Beal a- now and how he feels about Washington now that he is gone.
Wall was not happy with how Wizards treated him
Wall spent ten years with the Wizards, playing a total of nine seasons (he didn’t play in 2019-20 due to a number of injuries), but all of that time didn’t entitle him to better treatment since group on its way out. He told the Athletic that the Wizards had no contact with him about trading with him, and did not even warn him that they were talking or even exploring the possibility. Wall feels that, after 10 years, he deserved better.
“I felt I deserved honor and respect because I have been there for 10 years. I’ve been through the bad times, when we had **** teams and when we had good teams in DC, ”Wall told Athletic. “I never turned my back on the group. I played through a damn near all the injury that not many people would have played through. I played through broken hands in the playoffs. I think I did everything I could and gave everything I had, heart and soul to the group on and off the court. “
Wall knew no more than the public knew. Nine days before the trade went down, general manager Tommy Sheppard said the Wizards were not trading with him, and that was the only update Wall received. However, when Sheppard texted “PLEASE CALL” in every cap on December 2, he knew it could mean just one thing: he was trading.
Wall wishes he could have more time with Beal
Over their eight years together, there have been rumors that Wall and Beal did not get along. However, it was clear from Wall ‘s interview with the Athletic that these problems existed before. Beal was one of Wall’s first calls after the Wizards texted him about the trade, and it appears to have been a heartbreaking conversation.
“It was emotional,” Wall said. “We were both crying. ”
He also told Athletic that the No. 1 thing he wants is that he could have back the opportunity to go on another run with Beal.
“The only goal is to give Brad and me the opportunity to run back, as y’all said. [would], ”He said. “That was it [my] and their final hits. It was, ‘Okay, we’re going to give it one more look.’ If it’s just a year or two, we were going to give it one more look just to see. … And it’s just a lie that we never got to do that. I don’t think they wanted to do that. I think they moved on and did whatever they wanted, which is cool. But that was the quietest thing. Like, for a chance to run back with my brother and play with the guy, the level he is at now. ”
Wizards fans mean a lot to Wall
When Wall walks into Capital One Arena on Monday, there will be no fans to give him the warm welcome he wants and know who he would get. The Wizards will show a obedience video, but he’s already aiming for what will happen when he gets to play in front of Wizards fans next season (hopefully).
“I think that’s going to hit even more because then the fans can show me that they want it or they don’t want it – which I think they will do,” Wall told the Athletic.
And Wall is sure to make the fans love him.
“I think it’s going to be a dope-ass party, to be honest,” he said. “I wouldn’t expect anything less. I would be surprised if it was smaller. He said, “I know I love him [the Wizards’ fan base]. Place will always be in my heart. ”
He’s bigger than the fans. He still cares deeply about DC, and plans to continue his charitable endeavors in the city while he is away.
When fans return, he plans to invite a group from Bright Beginnings, a nonprofit organization that operates learning centers for homeless children in DC Wall to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to the charity and has worked with him so extensively during his years with the Wizards that he won the NBA Community Support award in 2016, which he says is now the best time while with him the franchise.
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