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'Did I really earn it?' John Wall addresses contract criticisms

'Did I really earn it?' John Wall addresses contract criticisms

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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Wizards Moe Wagner to wear 'Vote' on jersey as social justice statement, per report

Wizards Moe Wagner to wear 'Vote' on jersey as social justice statement, per report

When the NBA returns to action in Orlando later this month, some players will have the option to replace their last name on their jerseys with social justice statements. 

Washington Wizards' Moe Wagner will be one of those players that will be opting to do so, according to the TNT's Chris Haynes. Wagner will have 'Vote' on the back of his jersey.

The second-year player will join several other stars that will be speaking out by virtue of their jerseys. As of now, he joins Rudy Gobert, C.J. McCollum, Pat Connaughton and others who will have a social justice message on their threads. 

Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz) - "Equality"
CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers) - "Education Reform"
Jusuf Nurkic (Portland Trail Blazers) - 'Equality"
Kent Bazemore (Sacramento Kings) - "Education Reform"
Matisse Thybulle (Philadelphia 76ers) - "Vote"
Pat Connaughton (Milwaukee Bucks) - "Equality"
Meyers Leonard (Miami Heat) - "Equality"
Ivica Zubac (Los Angeles Clippers) - "Enough"
Moe Wagner (Wizards) - "Vote

More players will likely join-in to wear these statements. The NBA and NBPA agreed to this option allowing the players to inspire change on a large platform while restarting the 2020 season. The players can continue important conversations regarding race and social injustice as opposed to basketball serving as a distraction to larger issues within the country.

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Some players are "disgruntled with the lack of options" the NBA provided, according to Haynes. There are 28 options for players to chose from, along with their regular last name. According to ESPN, here are the phrase options:

-Black Lives Matter
-Say Their Names
-Vote
-I Can't Breathe
-Justice
-Peace
-Equality
-Freedom
-Enough
-Power to the People
-Justice Now
-Say Her Name
-Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can)
-Liberation
-See Us
-Hear Us
-Respect Us
-Love Us
-Listen
-Listen to Us
-Stand Up
-Ally
-Anti-Racist
-I Am A Man
-Speak Up
-How Many More
-Group Economics
-Education Reform
-Mentor

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Brooklyn Nets Taurean Prince test positive for coronavirus, won't play in NBA restart

Brooklyn Nets Taurean Prince test positive for coronavirus, won't play in NBA restart

After testing positive for coronavirus, Brooklyn Nets Taurean Prince will not be traveling with the team to Orlando to participate in the NBA restart, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday evening. 

Prince is the fourth Nets player to not participate in the league's restart due to the virus -- DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Wilson Chandler are also out.

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The Nets have the most players not playing in Orlando of any team invited to the bubble if you include Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving who are both sitting out as they rehabilitate their injuries. 

The Nets now have four roster spots at their disposal to substitute for guys not making the trip.

Prince was one of the biggest Nets names heading to Orlando as he started 61 of 64 games for Brooklyn while averaging 12 points and six rebounds. 

The Washington Wizards are currently six games behind Brooklyn, making this news major for the home team's efforts towards the postseason. However, with Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans opting out of the restart, circumstance still slightly favors Brooklyn because of their already established lead. 

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