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John Wall fires back at haters after Rockets’ disappointing season

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Houston Rockets guard John Wall has figured in perhaps the most challenging season of his career this 2020-21.

After over a year of inactivity, the 30-year-old speedster found himself in a new team. It was supposed to be a fresh start for Wall, who was itching to prove that he is still one of the best guards in the league.

While the Rockets were expected to struggle after that blockbuster James Harden trade, it’s still unbelievable to see how just low they’ve fallen this campaign. Considering he is the most credentialed player in the Rockets’ roster, Wall often bore brunt of the blame for their underwhelming season.

Shortly after the Rockets dropped their fourth game in a row against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, Wall acknowledged his team’s tough luck. He also vowed to prove his doubters wrong, via Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. 

“I read all the haters, the fans,” Wall said. “They say I’m not nothing, or the team’s not nothing. We know this is not the way we wanted the season to go but we dealt with a lot of injuries. We got a team we’re sort of rebuilding, trying to find the pieces to move forward with. But I have a lot of trust in it and know we’ll have a better year next year.”

The Rockets, of course, joined the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves as the first two teams to be officially eliminated from playoff contention this year. Houston owns a league-worst 15-46 slate and has been losers of nine of their last 10 games.

Wall, for his part, has put up respectable numbers of 20.6 points on 40.4 percent shooting from the field and 31.7 percent from deep, along with 3.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 1.1 steals in 40 games played.

Some pundits, however, no longer include him in the conversation of the best playmakers in the league.

“I still think I’m an All-Star in this league,” Wall said. “I still think I’m a big-time player in this league. In the last two years, there’s a lot of talent that came into this league and there’s a lot of guys that are still in this league that were talented before I got injured. But I feel like when I’m healthy, I can go against the best of them.”

Do you think John Wall and the Rockets can bounce back next year?