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Wizards’ John Wall posts message following passing of mother due to cancer


Washington Wizards point guard John Wall lost his mother, Frances Pulley, on Friday. Pulley passed away after battling cancer.

The 29-year-old five-time All-Star floor general, sidelined at the moment after tearing his Achilles at the beginning of the year, finally broke his silence on his personal loss, sharing a photo of himself embracing his mother on the sidelines of a Wizards game. Wall captioned the Instagram post with “Love ya!!”.

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💔 Love Ya 👌🏾‼️

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Wall was largely raised by Pulley in North Carolina when his father was incarcerated and later lost his life to cancer as well. The future first-overall pick by the Wizards in the 2010 NBA Draft would then attend the University of Kentucky for a single season.

His college coach John Calipari shared his condolences on Twitter on Friday, too, praising Pulley’s job as a mother in raising Wall.

“[John’s] beloved mother, Frances Pulley, passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. The job she did raising John into the man he is today — incredible. Everything John is today — humble, a servant leader, a man of God — he got from her.”

Despite Wall injuring himself at the beginning of 2019, the Wizards are reportedly not expecting him to return during the 2019-20 season from the Achilles tear. According to NBC Sports Washington, Wall’s recovery is going fine but the D.C. franchise doesn’t appear to be asking the All-Star guard to get back any time soon.

In his stead, All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal is leading the Wizards, who aren’t exactly competing well this season, but recording career-high averages with his backcourt teammate missing.