Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall has basically been an assistant coach this season.
Wall is expected to miss the entire season rehabbing from his Achilles tear, but he has been helping his teammates out by giving them pointers based on what he sees from the bench.
While the former No. 1 overall pick says he loves to watch and teach basketball, he emphasized that he has no plans to be a head coach in the future.
Via Fred Katz of The Athletic:
He’s half right. John Wall might have the money, but he’s too hooked to step away from the sport altogether. He’s not trying to lead a team on the bench but he may, at some point down the line, try to sit on one. He narrows a potential post-playing role down to three flexible goals: Player-development coach, assistant general manager or maybe even general manager.
“I wouldn’t wanna be a head coach or one of the assistant coaches that (has) gotta do a lot of talking,” he said. “I just wanna be able to help people and give them my knowledge of what I think of the game. But being, like, a head coach? Nah. I ain’t got the patience for that.”
Wall played in 32 games last season for the Wizards before undergoing his season-ending heel surgery. He then fell at his house and tore his Achilles tendon, which further delayed his possible return to the team.
A five-time All-Star, Wall averaged 20.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 8.7 assists in the 2018-19 campaign while shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 30.2 percent from beyond the arc and 69.7 percent from the free-throw line. When healthy, Wall is arguably one of the best point guards in the NBA.
Wall is expected to be fully healthy and play for the Wizards next season.