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

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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.