John Wall, who had spent his entire NBA career with the Washington Wizards before being traded to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, took to social media on Thursday to share his thoughts on leaving the fans and community in Washington D.C.
“Dear DC,” Wall writes in the letter posted to social media. “Where do I even begin? Ten years is a long time to think back on. I came to DC as a skinny 19 year old with big dreams and goals. You embraced me and my family with open arms. You rocked with me from day 1 until now.”
Thank You DC. pic.twitter.com/Pgwe8BdDWq
— John Wall (@JohnWall) December 3, 2020
The former No. 1 overall pick was a five-time All-Star with the Wizards before injuries sidelined him for the majority of the 2018-19 season and the entire 2019-20 season.
“From a young rookie to an All-Star, I did my best to make you proud,” Wall wrote. “Through good times like that Game 6 versus Boston, through injuries and rehab, I always felt the love from you. I appreciate you and will ALWAYS have love for DC.
“I may not wear the jersey anymore but I will never forget what it meant to represent for y’all. This isn’t the way I thought I would say goodbye to this city, so I won’t … I will say THANK YOU!”
Wall, who is 30, has averaged 19 points and 9.2 assists for his career.
Welcome to H-Town, @JohnWall!
Give our newest Rocket a follow! pic.twitter.com/OfGFhd9tK7
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 3, 2020