John Wall helped revitalize the Kentucky fanbase back in 2009, and since he was drafted by the Wizards in 2010, he’s been trying to do the same thing in Washington. It hasn’t always been easy, and in a lengthy interview with Sports Illustrated, Wall says Kentucky fans showed him how loyal a fanbase can be, something he’s tried (and sometimes failed) to replicate in DC.
“It’s been tough,” Wall said of his time in DC. “Kentucky, they showed me what loyalty is to the game of basketball. Their fans are amazing. They don’t have no other sports down there. You love horses, you love basketball. And here? My ultimate goal is to bring a championship here. I don’t want to go nowhere. I’m one of those guys that likes to lead, not follow. So when we get to that 50-win point, they’ll be happy all over again. I think our fans… They have their ups and downs.”
SI’s Andrew Sharp also asked Wall about his friendship with DeMarcus Cousins, who has his own set of frustrations in Sacramento.
“We talk about it all the time. Boogie’s going into his seventh season and hasn’t seen the playoffs yet. That’s frustrating,” Wall said, adding that he and DeMarcus still text each other encouragement. “He’ll tell me if not being the real John Wall. Like, go out there with that killer instinct that I always know you had. We’ll text each other before the games, saying, “I need you to do this.” It’s not about who we’re playing, but we know we each other is capable of. How great we can be in this league.”
Great, insightful stuff from John, so go check it out at the link below.