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Houston Rockets: Is John Wall right about John Wall?

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - FEBRUARY 17: John Wall #1 of the Houston Rockets reacts to a call during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on February 17, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - FEBRUARY 17: John Wall #1 of the Houston Rockets reacts to a call during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on February 17, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FLORIDA – APRIL 19: Kevin Porter Jr. #3 and John Wall #1 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA – APRIL 19: Kevin Porter Jr. #3 and John Wall #1 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Following the Houston Rockets 104-109 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, John Wall had some strong words for his critics. When Wall was asked if going through his injury struggles over the past two years is a source of motivation for him he had an interesting answer.

I still think I’m an All-Star in this league. I still think I’m a big-time player in this league. In the last two years, there’s a lot of talent that came into this league, and there’s a lot of guys that are still in this league that were talented before I got injured. But I feel like when I’m healthy, I can go against the best of them.

Now, Wall didn’t really directly answer the question but in another sense he did. Wall let it be known that he is motivated to reclaim his All-Star status that he feels the past two injury-plagued seasons have robbed him of.

John Wall is on a mission to recapture the magic that made him a franchise player and in his mind he still is. While his motivation and self-belief are admirable, that does not mean he is self-aware.

With Wall likely on the shelf for the remainder of the season with a grade two hamstring strain he’ll have to wait until next season to prove that he’s still an All-Star caliber player. The Rockets are hoping that he still has that level left in him but does that line up with reality?

It has been a long time since Wall was an All-Star and an even longer time since he had a completely healthy season. If he is going to get back to where he once was, as he believes is possible, both of those are going to have to happen.

The Rockets have a plan to keep him healthy but even if they’re able to will that be enough. John Wall believes he is an All-Star and big-time player in the NBA. The question is, is John Wall right about John Wall?

Next: When John Wall was an All-Star

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