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John Wall Happy for Players with Higher Contracts

Photo © Derick Hingle

Photo © Derick Hingle

Photo © Derick Hingle

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.

Article written by Kory Henry

"We will kick, pass, and run, til the battle is won!" Bleeding blue since 1990. @KoryHenryKSR

17 Comments for John Wall Happy for Players with Higher Contracts



  1. Tobias Funke
    2:02 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

    This is about 2 weeks old. Also there should be a reference to the original article.

  2. Role model? Don’t tell that to Cowherd! You go John!

    Like you said Kory, he knows when his contract is up he’ll get his. He’ll probably get at leasr a 50% raise I’m guessing.



  3. msnthrop
    2:43 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

    Based on similarity scores John Wall has been about as good an NBA player over his first 5 years as BJ Armstrong and Latrell Sprewell (http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/w/walljo01.html).



  4. "Getting his"
    2:53 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

    Shame on all of professional sports (and including television) for allowing salaries to escalate to their current levels. I applaud any player who can get that kind of money, but these salaries are absurd.



    • J-Dub421
      3:13 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

      This is capitalism. Players are worth whatever teams are willing to pay them. Besides, you should see what the owners make.



    • Here's the thing
      3:44 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

      If we don’t pay it, China will.



    • Daddy
      4:45 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

      Totally agree “getting his”. I’m all for capitalism until one tries to buy tickets for a family of 4 to any professional venue. The fan is the one getting screwed, unless you can enjoy watching it from your couch! I have no issue with enjoying it on the tube but I would really enjoy being able to take the boys to a real game.



    • Soooo...
      8:40 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

      you’re all for capitalism until you don’t get what you want? So basically you’re not for capitalism. Got it. “Life, liberty and the pursuit of cheap court side seats.”



    • theWilkman
      1:23 pm July 20, 2015 Permalink

      Those stands sure seem full when I watch the games on TV. Obviously there are people willing to pay it or they wouldn’t charge it.



  5. catfan4life
    3:19 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

    Let the players get what they can! All they are doing is getting part of what the owners would otherwise pocket. The prices are the same and will rise for tickets, concessions and related items. The players make the market. They dedicate their lives to give us pleasure and bragging rights not the owners!

    As far as posters trying to tear down Wall it isn’t working. Wall is a special talent who we as UK fans got to enjoy if only for a year. I will always be a Wall fan as a player because he is a special talent who makes others better.



  6. WestWorld
    4:40 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

    The media sucks – period. They’re nothing but a bunch of babies crying for attention. Wall understands that….



  7. DukieBlue
    4:51 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

    Just more KSR propaganda to get fans to think these spoiled kids are great people because they went to UK. What did you expect him to say? I hate it that others are paid more than me because I’m a better player!



  8. Ben
    7:34 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

    He’ll get his?? He got 80 million already guys. That’s a pretty good start to ” getting his”



  9. Charlie Waite
    11:25 am July 20, 2015 Permalink

    I expect that his contract will be reworked well before the current one expires. If Washington is smart anyways…