John Wall drawing inspiration from his father, rookie season

John Wall - photo by Kevin C. Cox | Getty
John Wall – photo by Kevin C. Cox | Getty

As  tries to deal with his left knee injury and the expectations for his third season in the league — a “bump in the road” is how he described the former — he said he drew motivation from a source I did not expect him to name.  “I’m just thinking about my dad a lot, wondering how he’d want me to play and what things he’d be telling me,” Wall said. “I’m motivated all day. I’m motivated because [my third season] is what my career is basically made of.”  Wall’s father died before Wall ever got to know the extent of his crimes. In fact, Wall didn’t even know that his father was in prison for murder until Post reporter Eric Prisbell told him prior to publishing this 2010 feature story. To hear Wall say that he’s thinking of his father was pretty jarring to me. Perhaps it shows just how far he’s digging deep to make sure his all-important third season is a good one.


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