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John Wall on his comeback: “They ain’t even get the best of John Wall yet”

John Wall hasn’t played in an NBA game since December 2018, but today, he vowed that when he comes back, he’ll be better than ever.

On the All the Smoke podcast with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Wall opened up about his recovery from a ruptured Achilles’ tendon and the infections that followed, admitting that things got so bad that at one point, he worried he wouldn’t be able to walk again.

“Man, forget even playing basketball, just let me have my leg so I can walk and be normal and play with my kid, whatever,” Wall said. “Then I finally got past that stage where now I’m like, I can’t wait to prove everybody [wrong] and show everybody what I got because everybody thinks I’m done.”

For players like Wall who rely on speed and explosiveness, Achilles injuries are especially tough to come back from; however, Wall revealed that during his five-year run as an All-Star, he was playing with bone spurs in his knee and heel, so he’s used to playing through pain.

“I’m gonna be better than what I was before, and that’s the scary part about it because damn near the whole — my five years I was an All-Star, I played with two bone spurs in my knee and my heel and people don’t know that. They ain’t even get the best of John Wall yet. They just got a clip of him.”

During the hour-long interview, Wall also talked about losing his mother to breast cancer in December, how he’s following through on his promise to her to finish his degree at Kentucky (21:30 mark), and how his days in Lexington are among the happiest of his life (26:00 mark)…even if he wanted to transfer after two weeks because practices were so hard.

“When I tell you Coach Cal is one of the craziest coaches — after two weeks, I said, I think I picked the wrong school. I wanted to transfer. I called my mom. She was like, ‘Boy, you’re staying.'”

He also told the famous story of how DeMarcus Cousins’ feet “caught on fire” during suicide drills, and how Calipari made the rest of the team run the next day because of it.

“DeMarcus’ feet caught on fire so he stopped running. He missed a suicide, he missed a suicide. He ran to the sideline, saying, ‘I quit, man. I quit. My feet are burning. I ain’t doing it no more.’ Coach Cal, he said, ‘You know what, if he had finished the suicide, I would have given you all tomorrow off,’ knowing he wasn’t going to give us tomorrow off. He was just using it.”

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3 Comments for John Wall on his comeback: “They ain’t even get the best of John Wall yet”

  1. JASUN74
    8:44 pm April 30, 2020 Permalink

    Just another reason why the “Kentucky isn’t for everyone “, is soo true. You better be another level of kid to come here and take the coaching. Cal don’t play around with feelings and I can’t isn’t a word he knows. Lol. It’s also the reason why kids who come here and stick it out become successful and always say practice at Kentucky is harder that anything they go through, before or after.

    It really does take a special kid to want the challenge and by the end of the year they become different players and people. I say it all the time, but we really are the luckiest fans in the world to have Coach Cal. I could do without him screaming all the time, all game long, lol. , but it’s worth having the success we have, and when the players do make it and leave, they miss it so bad and love Kentucky. I can’t wait to see what happens next. Go Cats!!!

  2. Rick_S
    9:52 pm April 30, 2020 Permalink

    Thought Wall was a “bad motherf*****” and he wants to quit after 2 weeks…Is Cal that hard?

    • BlueBanker18
      10:44 am May 1, 2020 Permalink

      He was an 18 year old kid, man, the number 1 recruit of his class. He was probably used to getting babied at practice. These kids come in with this mentality that they’re the next MJ or LeBron, and on top of that, they’re used to being treated like it. Cal doesn’t let that mentality hang around for long, he’s gotta break them down to make them play basketball, a team sport, and not divaball. Suicides will do that to ya.