John Wall didn't have it easy these past few years. Yeah, OK, we all know about his monstrous contract and how he was the NBA's highest-paid assistant. But not being able to play in 735 days wasn't the hardest part for Wall. For a moment there, walking on his own two feet became questionable.
In an interview with Stadium's Shams Charania, former Washington Wizards playmaker opened about his grueling recovery. Wall's injury troubles began when he underwent surgery to remove bone spurs on his left heel in January 2019. He then required surgery after rupturing his left Achilles tendon when he slipped and fell inside his home.
“It was tough. I went through three or four different infections. So it got to the point where, 'OK, are you going to have to cut your foot off or not?' That's where it got real with me. The basketball aspect was, like, going to be easy for me. I feel like any rehab that comes in the first three or four months is the biggest key of anything, is how you attack it. So all of a sudden, I couldn't be a heavyweight. I had to be lighter weight.”
John Wall, Twitter
Wall also explained how he implemented a diet change in his regime and even hired a physical therapist to help him. Still, he didn't make his official comeback in the Wizards jersey; before the season started, he was traded to Houston in exchange for All-Star guard Russell Westbrook. In his first game after the injury, Wall recorded a 22-point, six-rebound, and nine-assist performance in a win over the Kings. John admits that he reads all the things that come up in the media about him, which will fuel his season.
“I read all the stuff about, 'Oh, he's done.' All that is more motivation for me to prove people wrong.”
John Wall, Twitter
Wall will have to keep his numbers at a high rate, especially if the James Harden drama will be resolved and the Beard is shipped somewhere else. Wall will then have to take on a load of being the Rockets' number one option. Houston fans are hoping this time around he will be more successful than in Washington. His first two games put him in rarified air.