Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard John Wall is still getting his groove back after a lengthy absence from the basketball court. Even so, he has shown flashes of his former self early in the season and during the preseason. After the Clippers' game against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, Wall offered an honest take on where his game is at right now.
“I feel great, other than me shooting free throws like Shaq,” said Wall. "It's pissing me off. But other than that, I feel good. I got my speed. I got my rhythm."
Wall's road to redemption
When the Clippers acquired the 32-year-old in free agency this past offseason, they addressed a position of need as Reggie Jackson was the lone point guard worth his salt on the roster. Of course, the Clippers knew they would have to be patient with Wall because he sat out the last one-and-a-half seasons due to injury and his contract situation with his former team.
But the five-time All-Star has been solid so far in the young season. Through two games, he is averaging 16.0 points and 3.5 assists per game while playing just 23 minutes per contest. He also had a smashing Clippers debut against the Los Angeles Lakers, a team he was previously linked with.
Additionally, Wall has been surprisingly efficient from the court, converting 51.9% of his field-goal attempts. However, as he alluded to, he could be better from the charity stripe, where he has made just 25% of his attempts.
Will Shaq respond?
The question right now is if O'Neal responds if he catches wind of Wall's shot. The Hall of Famer, who currently works as an NBA analyst, is known for not holding back when it comes to going on a verbal spat with retired and current players.
But Wall's comment is a bit accurate, as O'Neal missed 5,317 free throws during his playing career. The legendary big man is second only to Wilt Chamberlain for the highest number of career misses from the free-throw line.