Wizards star John Wall on NBA players passing on supermax – ‘I ain’t turning down no money’
It has been a common theme in the NBA for top players to take discounts to form “super teams.” In fact, in the recent free agency alone, superstars like Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving passed on a supermax contract to join forces with other star players. However, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall isn’t a fan of such move.
In an interview with Michael Lee of The Athletic, Wall said that he respects the decision of other players. Nonetheless, he emphasized that he won’t be turning down a huge amount of money, citing that he loves basketball and he’ll play the game no matter what.
“I don’t know. Everybody got their own decision, but where I come from, it’s “I ain’t turning down no money.” It’s just as simple as that,” Wall explained.
“I’m going to keep it real with you. Without the money, I’m still going to play the game the way I love to play it because that’s what I love to do. Kawhi is a quiet guy, stays to himself, I’m really cool with Kawhi, but he stays to himself, and I guess if you already won championships, you can take those routes. I’ve never been in those positions where I was that guy to take those routes. Where I come from, I’m not supposed to be here. … I play because I love it, but I’m not turning down that kind of money.”
The All-Star guard is being practical, to say the least. While many might criticize him for it, Wall also recently said that winning a ring is not everything to him. He furthered that he’d rather build his legacy in Washington and try to win a ring with the team he has rather than joining forces with other superstars to chase a title.
Then again, it’s his opinion, and he’s entitled to it.