Injuries, mourning, white seasons, depression: since December 2018, John Wall went through a long and very difficult period, both for his professional career and for his mental health. The player confessed: faced with these terrible ordeals, he thought of suicide…
From now on, he found the parquet floors and the smile. Thanks to the Clippers who bet on him, despite his liabilities and his 40 small games played with the Rockets in 2020/2021 over the last four years.
“I knew I still had some under the hood. That’s why it’s great to have a great franchise because a lot of others are going to doubt that, having not seen me play for a long time”, he confides in The Athletic. “I just wanted to be given a chance. I know what I’m worth, I just want a chance. The Clippers gave me that. »
This chance, not everyone had it. The former Washington All-Star thinks in particular of stars of the 2010s who have not found the right fit this season: Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Kemba Walker…
“I’m happy to be back because I could have been one of those players who are still looking for a club. It’s hard because I think these veterans can still bring a lot of teams. I feel like we’re trying to push the old guys out. That’s how I see things. It’s a business too, we know how things go. You can be the boss’s friend and yet leave overnight. »
Not to mention his former Kentucky teammate, DeMarcus Cousins, a very close friend of Wall, who recently made his mea culpa. “He really is my brother” assures the Los Angeles playmaker. “It is both fortunate and unfortunate to be who we are. When you’ve cut ties with certain people or franchises, and done certain things, but you still want to play, it becomes very difficult because you’re held against it. »