John Wall talks about his mental health during his injury
“At one point I thought about killing myself,” Wall admitted (h/t Clutch points) “I mean, just tearing up my Achilles, my mom being sick, my mom dead, my grandmother dead a year later, all of this in the middle of COVID and at the same time me going to chemotherapy, me sitting at next to my mother taking her last breaths wearing the same clothes for three days in a row lying on the sofa next to her.
Wall ruptured his Achilles in 2019 while with the Washington Wizards. The injury kept him out of action for nearly two years. Then later in 2019, her mother, Frances Pulley, died aged 58 from breast cancer. As he was expected to return to the field at the start of the 2020-21 season, the Wizards traded it to the Houston Rockets for Russell Westbrook.
Wall had been the cornerstone of wizards and looked forward come back to join his team. However, the team’s plans changed before he returned.
In Houston, Wall only played 40 games in his first season. He averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 assists. Still, the team went in another direction with a young core after trading James Harden. In turn, the team essentially paid Wall for stay away from the team during the 2021-22 season.
Wall said he relies on the support of his family, including the mother of his two sons. He used his sons as inspiration as he worked to get on the right path.
“I went to find a therapist,” Wall added. “A lot of people think I don’t need help, I can get by anytime, but you have to be true to yourself and find what’s best for you.”
Wall recently negotiated his buyout with the Rockets, allowing him to sign a two-year contract worth nearly $13.3 million with the Clippers.
With the addition of Wall alongside George and Leonard, the Clippers are set to face off in the Western Conference after a disappointing 2021-22 season.
It’s been a long road back for Wall. He has only played 40 games since December 2018 while going through troubling times in his personal life. Now Wall has a newfound joy and is looking forward to reestablishing his playing career in Los Angeles.