‘Isn’t the Way I Thought I Would Say Goodbye’: John Wall Bids Emotional Farewell to His Wizards Family

Published 12/03/2020, 10:54 PM CST
WASHINGTON, USA – January 16: Washington Wizards’ John Wall (2) reacts during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Verizon Center in Washington, USA on January 16, 2017. The Wizards defeated the Blazers 120-101. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


The end of the Washington Wizards-John Wall partnership was inevitable. After being absent for almost two years, keeping him on the roster was no use to them. Even though he is expected to make a comeback this offseason, nobody can guarantee he will bring back the same value that he had before the injuries.

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John Wall was the no. 1 overall pick by the Wizards in the 2010 NBA Draft. Ever since, he has been the face of the franchise. After a decade playing for them, he has given them some good seasons. However, there have always been rumors that Wall doesn’t get along with the other superstar on the team, Bradley Beal.

Whether that’s true is up for debate. Now that he is starting afresh with the Houston Rockets, it will be exciting to see how he plays alongside James Harden, provided he does not get traded off as per his own request.

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Wall has an enormous fan base in Washington. So, as he bid goodbye to them, he penned down an official thank you note for DC.

WASHINGTON, USA – NOVEMBER 09: John Wall (2) of Washington Wizard in action during an NBA Game between Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers at Capitol One Arena in Washington, United States on November 09, 2017. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

John Wall cherishes his time in Washington

On Instagram, Wall posted a message that said, “Where do I even begin? Ten years is a long time to think back on. I came to DC as a skinny 19-year-old with big dreams and goals. You embraced me and my family with open arms. You rocked with me from day 1 till now.

“From a young rookie to an All-Star, I did my best to make you proud. Through good times like that Game 6 versus Boston, through injuries, through rehab, I always felt the love for you. I appreciate you and will ALWAYS have love for DC.

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“I may not wear the jersey anymore but I will never forget what it meant to represent y’all. This isn’t the way I thought I would say goodbye to this city, so I won’t… I will say THANK YOU!”

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Wall’s bond with the city runs deeper than the game. He has done a lot for the community, which is also one of the reasons why they adore him. Next season will definitely feel very different to the Wizards and John. However, both are doing what’s best for them, and only time will tell whether it works out.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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