John Wall will use 2019-20 Wizards season to see ‘whether I can be a coach or not’
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season recovering from his Achilles injury.
Wall, whose supermax contract kicks in this season, intends to use the 2019-20 campaign to see whether he can be a coach or not after his playing career is over. The All-Star guard will essentially be an assistant coach all season for the Wizards.
“I think this year will tell me whether I can be a coach or not,” Wall told NBC Sports Washington on the Wizards Talk podcast. “I think you have to have a lot of patience and you’ve gotta know how to interact with every player. Every player’s attitudes and character and mood swings are totally different. I learned from when a coach tried to coach me when I was young and I wasn’t the guy to coach.
“I like to speak my mind. It’s like my momma always told me, ‘I’d rather you speak your mind and say what you want to say, but say it in a respectful manner and a respectful way.’
“I don’t know how to not give you the truth. What I’ve learned is that when you lie, you’ve gotta remember that lie exactly the way you said it for the next 12 people you tell it to. So, why make it that tough?”
Wall played in 32 games last season for the Wizards before undergoing his season-ending heel surgery. Wall then fell at his house and tore his Achilles tendon.
The former No. 1 overall pick averaged 20.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 8.7 assists in 2018-19 while shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 30.2 percent from beyond the arc and 69.7 percent from the free-throw line.
With Wall out, the Wizards will go as far as star guard Bradley Beal can take them.