John Wall bids heartfelt farewell to Wizards, fans after trade to Rockets
John Wall’s long and successful run with the Washington Wizards made him one of the most revered and respected players in franchise history.
The star’s time in D.C. has come to an end with a blockbuster trade to the Houston Rockets, though, as the team flipped him and a first-round draft pick for Russell Westbrook.
Wall will fondly remember his time with the Wizards organization, as evidenced by his heartfelt farewell to the team, its fans and the entire D.C. region posted Thursday to Twitter.
Thank You DC. pic.twitter.com/Pgwe8BdDWq— John Wall (@JohnWall) December 3, 2020
“Where do I even begin?” Wall wrote in part. “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 until now.”
Wall joined the Wizards when the team selected him out of Kentucky with the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. A five-time All-Star named to the 2017 All-NBA Third Team, Wall averaged 19.0 points, 9.2 assists and 4.3 rebounds across 573 games (561 starts) while shooting at a .433/.324/.781 clip.
Unfortunately, Wall will leave the Wizards having last stepped on the court with the team on Dec. 26, 2018 due to Achilles and knee injuries. Despite the long layoff, Wall will always treasure his 10 seasons with the organization.
“I may not wear the jersey anymore but I will never forget what it meant to represent for y’all,” Wall wrote. “This isn’t the way I thought I would say goodbye to this city, so I won’t. … I will say THANK YOU!”