Scroll down and listen to Chris Miller's full sit down interview with Wizards' point gaurd, John Wall
Being a starter in the NBA garners a lot of outside pressure and criticism. Having the fourth-largest contract in the NBA, but expected to miss the entire 2019-2020 season, is an entirely different animal.
John Wall sat down with NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller on the scene of the annual John Wall Family Foundation backpack giveaway.
The topic of discussion? Critics.
"The only thing I questioned was 'the worst contract in NBA history,'" Wall said. "That was my lowest point because I was like do I really deserve this money? Did I really earn it?"
"I looked back at all the years and all the things I've been through and said yes, I did deserve this, I did earn this. It was never given to me."
Wall signed a three-year contract extension that's set to pay him $207 million through the 2023 season. He averaged career-highs in points (23.1), assists (10.7) and steals (2.0), made his fourth All-Star team and earned his first All-NBA selection the year of the signing.
"All the criticism I hear-everybody saying 'he doesn't deserve the contract-that's fine, that's your opinion," Wall said. "When I did get it, it was the best thing the Wizards ever did, now it's the worst thing they ever did."
One thing Wall has never lacked is motivation, but the outside noise is a complementary addition to his collection.
"To say I have the worst contract in NBA history, that's all I needed," Wall said. "The ones that doubted me on the highest level I don't speak to because I know my game will do the talking when I get back to playing."
"To be honest, everybody that I care for and have love for are all still there and even more supporting," Wall said. "That's all I care about."
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