A day after signing a 5-year/$80 million extension with the Washington Wizards, former Kentucky guard John Wall already knows what he wants to do with at least one of those millions. Wall has decided to give back to the Washington D.C. community that has gave him so much since he was drafted #1 overall in 2010. His $1 million donation to the local charities will also come with some of his time as well. During a press conference on Thursday, Wall expressed his need to volunteer while supporting the community monetarily.
When the maximum contract was signed, there were a lot of mixed feelings about the move the Wizards had made. Wall is there franchise player, and they wanted to lock him up and keep him happy in D.C. The side that was against Wall receiving so much compensation argued that he didn’t deserve it. I, myself, wrote an article saying I didn’t believe he should be paid the same as Derrick Rose or Russell Westbrook. The stats didn’t match up, and that’s where I drew my line. The others decided to send plenty more backlash towards Wall and the Wizards. Washington appeared to have their hands tied during the deal. If Wall doesn’t get paid like a franchise player, how can they keep him as the Wizards franchise player?
Along with NBA MVP Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and Deron Williams, Wall joins the class as the newest member of the maximum contract club. He also becomes the first player in his draft class to receive such a deal. During Thursday’s press conference, Wall talked about those other guys and said he believes he can be better. The difference between those guys and Wall is they’re going to the playoffs and winning a lot more games. Going into his 4th NBA Season, Wall has yet to make an All-Star team or go to the playoffs. Instead of focusing on his individual stats, Wall just wants to win.
The detractors are feeling a little sheepish now about being so hard on Wall because of how much money he is going to make. A huge donation to charity can do that. When Wall begins to prove he is worth his contract, they will be eating their words. Forgive them, for they know not what they have done. I believe John Wall has the capabilities of being one of the most elite point guards in the NBA. All those detractors just lit a fire under him to succeed that much more. In the end, Wall will be the one taking those words (and his money) to the bank.