Beloved NBA Star says he contemplated suicide

During the past three years, when he was suffering with a torn Achilles and the loss of family members during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, John Wall reportedly contemplated suicide.

The 31-year-old guard recently joined the  Clippers and is aiming to get back to his previous form this upcoming season. Because of injuries, COVID-19, and the lack of playing time thanks to issues with his former team, the Houston Rockets. Before joining the Clippers, the PG had only played 40 games in the last three years.

In Raleigh, North Carolina, where he was raised, Wall spoke about his recent past during a garden dedication in honor of his mom at the Salvation Army earlier this month. His mother also used to volunteer there as well. The former Kentucky Wildcat stated:

Darkest place I’ve ever been in,” Wall said. “At one point in time, I thought about committing suicide. I mean, just tearing my Achilles, my mom being sick, my mom passing, my grandma passed a year later, all this in the midst of COVID and at the same time, me going to chemotherapy, me sitting by my mom taking her last breaths wearing the same clothes for three days straight laying on the couch beside her.”

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Frances Pulley, Wall’s mother, passed away in 2019 at the age of 58 after a fight with breast cancer. His grandmother died shortly thereafter. During this same period, Wall was obviously still rehabilitating the serious Achilles injury he suffered in midway through the 2018-2019 season.

“We’re all going through times, nobody’s got it easy, but I don’t think a lot of people could get through what I went through,” Wall said. “And to me to get back on top where I want to be and seeing the fans still want me to play, having the support from my hometown, this important period means a lot. I went to find a therapist. A lot of people think, ‘I don’t need help, I can get through it at anytime,’ but you’ve got to be true to yourself and find out what’s best for you.”

Wall stated he has a solid support system that comprises of his new teammates and his two children’s mother. His sons also encourage him to push on as well.

“I’m looking at all that and I’m like, ‘If I can get through this, I can get through anything in life,'” he said.

The production company of Lakers superstar LeBron James tweeted this showing support: “@John Wall we got your back. Always.” James then tweeted, “And I mean ALWAYS!!!!!! Don’t ever question it bro!! Proud of you @JohnWall.”

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Wall highlighted his joy to have another shot to hoop in the NBA again:

“You can tell I’m kind of smiling a lot more, all those types of things,” he said. “I get an opportunity to play with two great players and the sky’s the limit.”

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Trade talk over NBA star only lasted 20 minutes

By: OutOfSightSports

7/10/22

Trade talk over NBA star only lasted 20 minutes

Trade negotiations between the Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz for Rudy Gobert lasted around twenty minutes. Originally, there were rumors the Atlanta Hawks would be acquiring Gobert in a package built around Clint Capela. When push came to shove, the Hawks were not about to throw all Minnesota did to Utah in exchange. The Hawks, still hopeful to acquire disgruntled superstar, Kevin Durant, never really entertained the idea of a trade for Gobert. Capela remains a Hawk despite Minnesota’s rumored interest in him.

The Utah Jazz traded three-time defensive player and all-star, Rudy Gobert, to the Minnesota Timberwolves in twenty minutes proving to be one of the fastest NBA trade negotiations of all time. Three unprotected first-round picks, a pick swap, 2022 22nd-overall pick Walker Kessler along with four other players is what it took to cement the trade to Minnesota for Gobert.

KAT & his new teammate. Via: ClutchPoints

Talks between Atlanta and Minnesota proved to be a rumor that didn’t make sense to onlookers. During his podcast titled “Please Don’t Aggregate This,” Andy Larson of the Salt Lake Tribune said, “From what I hear, the Atlanta conversations about Rudy Gobert took about 20 minutes is all.” Bleacher Report’s host, Jake Fischer, agreed with Larson saying he “never thought those were going very far.”

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Tweet from Jeanie Buss Garners Much Attention about What’s Next

7/5/22

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Tweet from Jeanie Buss Garners Much Attention about What’s Next

Like so many of us, Jeanie Buss misses Kobe Bryant. Buss doesn’t tweet often, but this past Sunday she wrote, “I miss KB. He would understand and explain everything that I’m not allowed to. Honestly he was the greatest Laker ever. He understood team over self. Meaning your rewards would come if you valued team goals over your own then everything would fall into place. All can reply.”

Her tweet has Laker nation wondering if something was behind her cryptic tweet. Laker nation is in need of change coming off one of the most disappointing seasons in Laker history. Acquiring Russell Westbrook didn’t help the Lakers like they had hoped, but trading him didn’t seem like a viable option with the league’s lack of interest.

The Lakers may have been given a lifeline. There are talks that the Lakers and Nets are in talks about trades centered around Westbrook. The trade would bring Kyrie Irving to Laker nation.

Whether Buss’ tweet was telling of what’s to come for the Lakers is to be seen. Buss would have most definitely sought KB’s opinion on what the Lakers should do. We feel you Jeanie Buss. We all miss KB. Here’s hoping he sends some help from heaven. The Lakers sure need it.

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The Donovan Mitchell Situation: What we know as of now

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7/1/22

7:45 PM

The Donovan Mitchell Situation: What we know as of now

Mitchell, 25, has been a star since being drafted 13th overall in 2017. Mitchell has averaged 23.9 points, 4.5 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.3 steals throughout his five seasons with the Jazz.

These numbers explain why Mitchell is a prized asset. Past speculation about his future has also generated more interest into the topic. Here is a timeline of what has transpired, who is claiming what, and everything we know up to this point about the situation:

A huge Woj bomb, this helped fuel the speculation even more after the Gobert trade. Will the Jazz rebuild?
Almost all league executives seem to think Spida is on this way out.

Hoop Central is a very solid source, who is virtually never wrong. A must follow on twitter for basketball junkies.
I’m sure letting go of two of his closer friends wasn’t the best of ideas if they want to bring him back.
NBA Beat writer Andy Blarsen believes he may or may not be traded.
Valid point from a valid source.
Nobody really knows for sure.

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The Wizards are showing more interest in this player than anyone else, why?

6/30/22

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10:15 PM ET

The Wizards are showing more interest in this player than anyone else. Why?

So far, free agency has been going on for a little more than 4 hours. (feels like 40 already) and a plethora of moves are being made, so here is a move that not many people are talking about but it is actually a good one. According to Carmichael Dave, the Wizards are more interested in John Collins than any other team. Dave’s tweet read:

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“NBA Trade Bombshell: KD Tells Nets Owner he wants out”

6/30/2022

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“NBA Trade Bombshell: KD Tells Nets Owner he wants out”

Kyrie Irving is now in, while Kevin Durant wants to leave. What an insane, disappointing year it has been for the Nets and their fans.

According to various sources around the league, KD requested to be traded by the Nets early Thursday. Durant apparently went straight to Nets owner Joe Tsai to break the news, ahead of the start of free agency. ESPN has also reported Nets GM Sean Marks is working with Durant and his agent Rich Kleiman to potentially find a trade destination for the former MVP. According to Yahoo Sports, Durant, who is now 33 would love to be moved to Phoenix, and Miami is also in the talks.

Durant signed a four-year, $194 million contract agreement with the Nets during the offseason prior to the 2022-23 season.

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