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John Wall on why he cares more about his legacy than championship: "Winning a ring is not everything"

At one point, with superteams already stacked with multiple stars, some believed that the Wizards should also do the same if they want to win a championship. But not Wall.
John Wall on why he cares more about his legacy than championship

John Wall

In recent years, forming of the so-called “superteams” has become somewhat of a trend as teams eye for an instant NBA title. But not all are in favor of the idea, especially the old-timers. A few current NBA stars are also not pleased by it, and the one that used to be vocal about it was John Wall.

Legacy over championship

Drafted by the Washington Wizards in 2010, Wall immediately made a name for himself in DC. For nine straight seasons, Wall has become a marquee player for Washington, and his numbers speak for themselves- 19 points and 9.2 assists per game.

In 2016, Wall found a reliable co-backcourt star in Bradley Beal, who had his breakout season that year. The Wall-Beal tandem became one of the most notable dynamic duos in the league. Still, with superteams already stacked with multiple stars, some believed that the Wizards should also do the same if they want to win a championship. But not Wall.

“I’m never one of those guys that want to chase a ring or do those things,” Wall told The Athletic in 2019. “I’ve told people this before. You win a ring; nobody is going to talk about that years down the road. But if you build a legacy in a place, that’s going to go on for a long time."

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For Wall, winning a championship “is not everything” and he’s better off building his own legacy in Washington than joining a superteam to cop an NBA title.

“I’d rather build my legacy here than to get a ring,” he pointed out. “I want a ring for the city, trust me. It’s great to have an NBA championship. I go back to Kentucky, I don’t have a national championship, but my résumé is bigger than anyone else that’s been there since I left. Know what I mean? Winning a ring is not everything. It’s great. It’s not everything.”

A U-Turn?

While Wall’s take on building a legacy in Washington sounded truly enchanting, the five-time NBA All-Star seemed to have let go of that mentality when he left the Wizards for the Houston Rockets a few months later.

Evidently, Wall also became a star in Houston but after an underwhelming debut season, followed by a season-long break this past campaign, he is now likely to leave H-Town.

The Rockets have reportedly bought out Wall’s contract, and he's now set to become an unrestricted free agent. As soon as it happens, Wall is signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, where he will team up with fellow multi-time All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

If we are to believe everything, it’s safe to say that Wall has made a U-turn as he is now about to become part of a superteam in LA.

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