As usual, reporters sometime try to get players in between a rock and a hard place. Earlier this week, those in Washington wanted to get John’s opinion on some of the bigger contracts being signed for the new CBA. In typical John Wall fashion, he didn’t give them what they wanted to hear.
If you remember, Wall signed a five-year deal with the Washington Wizards in 2013 for $80 million. Upon his signing, it came with much criticism from media surrounding the league. They felt that Wall was going to be way overpaid. Two All-Star games later, those negative opinions of his contract have changed. Keep in mind that he keeps a list of criticisms in his phone for motivation.
Fast forward to now, players who don’t even come close to Wall’s value are about to make more. Specifically, Reggie Jackson, of the Detroit Pistons. Jackson recently signed a similar deal to Wall (five years, $80 million), despite putting up lower numbers and never being selected to an All-Star game. Wall noted Jackson when he was asked about the new CBA.
“People talked about me getting $80 million, now you got people getting $85 million that haven’t made the All-Star (Game) or anything like that. I guess they came in at the right time. That new CBA kicked in and they’re good now. Reggie Jackson gets five years, $80 million. I’m getting the same as Reggie Jackson. That’s what happens, but I’m happy for all those guys. To see anybody get the opportunity to live their dream out, get the opportunity to take care of their family when they can, it’s a blessing.”
If there’s one thing about John Wall, he understands the time, and knows that he will eventually get his. You can tell that in professional sports, reporters always need to get a story. While they only wanted an opinion, it seems that they hoped Wall would get upset and demand a newer contract, or at least plant the seed. John Wall is a role-model. Instead of getting frustrated, he praised players like Anthony Davis for their success and notes that they came in at the right time. It has a lot to do with luck really, with many players’ contracts expiring next season. I’m sure John will add this to his list, and use it as motivation to earn a max contract 2 years from now.