The Houston Rockets defeated the Washington Wizards 107-88 on Tuesday night. The win was doubly sweet for John Wall, who scored 24 points in 24 minutes of action against his old squad.
Following the outing, Wall made some interesting comments about how different the dynamics are between his current situation with the Rockets and his prior one with the Wizards.
“We like to hang together, we like to kick it,” he said of his new Houston teammates, per Kelly Iko of The Athletic.
“We enjoy being around each other everyday. It’s something I didn’t get a chance to do with some of my old teammates.”
Wall was then pressed on whether he had spoken to old Wizards head coach Scott Brooks since his trade.
“Guys have my number,” he said. “I have those guys numbers. If they wanted to talk to or reach out to me, they had the opportunity to. It’s almost two months since that’s happened. It is what it is.”
John Wall on if he’s spoken with Wizards head coach Scott Brooks:
“Guys have my number, I have those guys numbers. If they wanted to talk to or reach out to me, they had the opportunity to. It’s almost two months since that’s happened. It is what it is.” pic.twitter.com/ClKeKNIOzn
— Kelly Iko (@KellyIkoNBA) January 27, 2021
Wall was a cornerstone in Washington for a long time, but his chronic injuries coupled with the franchise going nowhere fast soured the relationship.
In a desperate attempt to reconfigure the team around Bradley Beal, the Wizards’ front office shipped him off to Houston in return for Russell Westbrook.
While the 7-9 Rockets aren’t exactly setting the world ablaze, they seem to be in much better shape than the 3-10 Wizards. And it’s likely that Washington hasn’t reached its full bottom yet. Chatter just resumed regarding Beal getting traded elsewhere, and it likely isn’t going away any time soon.
Karl-Anthony Towns’ reaction to Jordyn Woods’ Buss It video speaks for itself.
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 26, 2021
Wall may not be happy with how things ended between him and the Wizards, but he definitely should be happy that he’s off that train wreck of a team once and for all.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.