New Houston Rockets guard John Wall has nothing but love and respect for the Washington Wizards and their fans. Wall, who was taken by the Wizards at No. 1 in the 2010 NBA draft, changed teams for the first time in his career last week when Washington sent him to Houston in an exchange for Russell Westbrook.
"I was a skinny kid, 19 years old with no facial hair and didn't know where I was going in life," Wall said, reminiscing about his arrival in Washington after being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, per ESPN.
"They watched me grow up and be this grown man that has two beautiful boys and has a family at home. That's all I can say. I love them. My heart is always going to be there. The way I touched the fans, the way I touched that community, that still exists today and that will still exist until the day I'm off this Earth."
Wall wants to help the Rockets win
Wall, who ruptured his Achilles on December 26 in 2018, spent the last two years recovering from his injury. Wall made five consecutive All Star appearances between 2014 and 2018. "I wish that whole team, the organization the best of luck this year, but my main focus is with my new team, the Rockets, and what I'm trying to accomplish: come back and be an All-Star player and be that player that everybody feels like I don't have no more."
Wall is in a good place right now and he is full of optimism ahead of the new season. "I'm going to be John Wall no matter what when I get on that court, but at the same time, me being out and me just looking at how much longer I want to play and certain things I want to improve on, I'm able to do certain things that I wasn't able to do before when I was injured and playing through certain things," Wall said.
"That's why I feel like my game is going to evolve, because I'm finally healthy and don't have those little nagging injuries that I was dealing with over the last six or seven years. People will finally get to see at some point what I was playing through and what I was going through. "To be doing what I was doing on one leg basically lets me know how special I am."