If there is one player who is excited about the 2022-23 season, it is John Wall. The 31-year-old point guard has landed in the Clippers after years of ordeal. Between injuries and a context that relegated him to being a spectator by mutual consent in 2021-22, the five-time All-Star has played only 40 games over the last three seasons. It is a hard fact, especially because it can be said that he has missed some seasons that, due to his age, should have been among the best of his career.
Be that as it may, the reality is that the smile has returned to Wall’s face. After an entire course without playing with Houston –a team in full reconstruction that preferred to give minutes to its young talents–, he has arrived at a Clippers whose only goal is the ring. He has signed a two-year deal to play alongside Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and a host of other top players. It seems like the ideal scenario. He is physically strong and feels that he can do what he has always done; yes, he understands that on this occasion he does not have to be the leader.
“I think it is a first-class organization where I will have great colleagues. I feel they have a great culture. I will not have to be Batman every night and I will have the opportunity to play with players that will allow me to take a back seat from which to develop my game while helping them as much as possible, “says Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN before going deeper into his role on the track.
“I know I’m still a talented player. I know all the things I’ve worked on, especially being able to hit the shots in catch&shoot, since I probably won’t have the ball in my hands as much. But at the same time they still want me to be myself, to be aggressive, to be able to break through the defense on Leonard and George. I think…sometimes in the fourth quarter a lot of teams will focus on Kawhi and Paul George. I think it will be my opportunity to stand out », he expresses.
Reggie Jackson, your competition
That’s how it is. Reggie Jackson has been almost undisputedly the Clippers’ starting point guard for two years; so much so that last year he started in the 75 games of regular season who disputed Given his good work, the Los Angeles organization renewed him for two years and 22 million dollars (one left). Wall thinks it will be a healthy competition.
“I am a competitor as much as he is. We are two very talented players. He has had an excellent performance for this team in recent years… We are just going to fight », he sentences.
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