Frances Pulley was more than a mother to Wizards star John Wall. She raised him for much of his life as a single mom and through the winding road of his upbringing became his closest confidant, his best friend and the most imporant influence in his life.

She passed away in December at the age of 58 after a long battle with cancer. Her loss devastated Wall and he took his time to grieve. But now he is ready to explain what that experience was like and how he plans to move on.

Wall opened up in a deep conversation with NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller on the latest episode of the 'Wizards Talk' podcast. Wall shares memories of his mother in the interview and also explains how many people have helped him through his mourning. That includes teammate Bradley Beal.

"Right when I got the phone call, I was in my hotel in Charlotte and Brad came right down. I’ve tried to tell people that when you have two great basketball players on the court, you’re going to have differences from time to time," Wall said, alluding to their previous ups-and-downs.

"I don’t even call it like a basketball friendship, it’s like a brotherhood outside of basketball. We would have this relationship no matter what. It’s just what we’ve built over years. I wasn’t able to see him through the funeral, but everybody was telling me he was breaking down and it really hurt him a lot and he was walking out to the hallway. Then, even [Wizards chairman Ted Leonsis told me] Brad was still hurting on the flight. You can’t find that type of genuine love."


Wall goes into many topics in the wide-ranging interview including the latest in his rehab from a ruptured Achilles, his affinity for Davis Bertans and his new hobby of reading books.

You can listen to the full episode here:

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