John Wall’s claim that Wizards thought he ‘was done’ is ‘not true,’ per Scott Brooks
Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks has responded to John Wall’s recent all-out tirade against his former team. After Wall made a contentious claim that the Wizards had already assumed that he “was done,” Brooks has come out to defend the franchise as he refuted his former superstar’s earlier statement.
According to Brooks, he personally believed all along that Wall was on the right track towards making his much-awaited comeback:
“It’s not true from our standpoint,” Brooks said Tuesday night, via Mike Deprisco of NBC Sports Washington. “I told you guys from Day 1 last year that he was improving every day, he was tackling his rehab at a high level and then even last year I remember a practice in Toronto. It was amazing that he hadn’t played five-on-five and then all of a sudden he just took over the practice.”
On Monday, Wall came out with a lengthy rant as to how he felt he was treated poorly in the lead up to the blockbuster trade involving Russell Westbrook and the Houston Rockets. As it turns out, the Wizards (or Brooks at least) is taking a completely contradictory stance.
The Rockets host the Wizards on Tuesday, which is the first time Wall faces off against his former squad. The five-time All-Star also earlier admitted that he considered this matchup to be personal to him as he continues to rue how unfairly he believes he was treated after many years of loyal service for the franchise.