Entering the 2012-2013 NBA season, Washington Wizards guard John Wall had put together what can easily be described as a solid start to his highly anticipated professional career. Unfortunately, Wall’s 16 points and 8 assists per game average (during his first two seasons) was not enough of a contribution to elevate Washington from the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. After making the playoffs in four consecutive seasons (2005-2008), the Wizards have not surpassed 26 wins in any single season since, including only tallying 23 and 20 wins respectively, over the last two campaigns. Washington’s fortunes looked even bleaker, as 2012-2013 got underway, when Wall was forced to sit out the first 23 games with a left knee injury. Without Wall, the team that plays 10 blocks from the White House struggled to an anemic 5-28 start, which of course included a 12-game losing streak to kick off the new hoops year.
While Washington still possesses the NBA’s worst record (9-31), the return of Wall has finally offered a glimmer of hope for the long suffering franchise. In the seven games since reentering the Wiz’s rotation, Wall is averaging only 14 points and 6.9 assists per game, but his team has miraculously won four out of those seven games, five of which have been played away from the District.
One of the Wizards recent road stops involved a visit to the Los Angeles Clippers. In conjunction with the stop through LA, iFolloSports.com contributor Reuben Benhaghnazar passed along the above original photo of him and Mr. Wall, captured outside the Wizard’s Beverly Hills hotel.
Last Saturday, as the Kentucky alum approached the gathering of awaiting fans, Reuben noticed that Wall was carrying a pair of basketball shoes. After politely asking if he could have the sneakers, Reuben was thrilled when Wall very willingly handed the prized possessions over to him. The North Carolina native was OK with relinquishing the older pair because they were of the Reebok brand and Wall is now officially under contract with Adidas. Reuben’s memorable day was capped off when Wall followed up his gesture by signing his autograph on the shoes, courtesy of a black Sharpie.
Historically, Wall has been very generous to the basketball obsessed fans of Southern California. Readers can also view iFolloSports.com original video of the 6-4 point guard signing his signature, prior to a Long Beach (CA) summer league game in 2011.
Wall appears to be a very generous ballplayer, particularly when it comes to his dealings with the NBA’s paying customer.