John Wall is set to make his return to the NBA - with the LA Clippers – after sitting out for an entire season. Wall played 2020-21 with the Houston Rockets after overcoming multiple issues, including the passing of his mother and various injuries. Wall averaged 20.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 6.9 assists in Houston, displaying class like his prime years.
However, he was unhappy with his role and opted to sit out. While fans anticipate his return to basketball in the upcoming season, he recently spoke to Player’s Tribune, explaining how overcoming his mental health issues was not easy.
“My best friend in the whole world, my mom.”
The hardest thing John Wall has had to deal with in his life is the loss of his mother. He’s spoken about the impact his mom has had on his life on multiple occasions, given the difficult circumstances growing up.
Wall’s father had been in prison ever since he was a year old, and ultimately lost his battle with liver cancer. At the time, Wall’s brother was locked up, leaving him with his mother as his only support system. For a long time, he lived with just one purpose.
“Everything I ever did was for my mom. I had one mission, and that was for her to be good, for life. I accomplished everything we ever dreamed about. I just had no idea how short our time was gonna be,” Wall wrote.
Wall’s mother got diagnosed with breast cancer and ultimately passed away in December 2019, leaving Wall without his best friend. Soon after, he went through a series of different injuries – taking away his only solace, basketball.
The battle with depression was hard for Wall, as he had lost two things he cherished the most – his mother and NBA basketball. He reportedly battled thoughts of suicide before he accepted a new purpose. Wall explained how the turning point of his career and life, in general, was to reach out and ask for help:
“One night, my mom came to me in a dream. It was like she was standing right next to me. She looked me in the eyes and said, ‘You have to keep going for your children. There’s more for you to do on this Earth.”
“It felt like a sign from God. It took a while, but I eventually reached out to somebody in my circle and said the most important words you can say…. “Yo! I need some f***ing help!” Those six words changed my life.”
Wall sought help and found ways to improve his mental health. The five-time All-Star still speaks to his therapist and urges others in need to do the same. Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness - don't hesitate to do so if you are struggling.