Former Kentucky star John Wall opens up about mental health battles

Los Angeles Clippers point guard John Wall opened up about his mental health battles in an article titled “I’m Still Here” published in The Players Tribune. In the story, he describes how close he came to succumbing to suicidal thoughts, the pain he has carried since childhood, and how the loss of his mother and the injury to his Achilles derailed his mental state.

“For me, it all happened very fast. In the span of three years, I went from being on top of the world to losing almost everything I cared about,” Wall wrote via theplayerstribune.com. “In 2017, I’m jumping on the announcer’s table in DC after forcing Game 7 against Boston, and I’m the king of the city. I’m getting a maximum extension, thinking I’m a sorcerer for life. A year later, I tore my Achilles tendon and lost the only sanctuary I’ve ever known – the game of basketball. I ended up with such a bad infection from the surgeries that I almost had to amputate my foot. A year later, I lost my best friend in the entire world, my mother, to breast cancer.”

Prior to his injury in 2017, Wall was one of the best point guards in the NBA. He averaged a double-double in points and assists in three straight seasons before the injury, reaching 23.1 points per season of play in 2016.

Wall has been an instant impact player since his rookie season in Washington. After a season with the Kentucky Wildcats, he came to the organization with the first pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. In college, Wall averaged 16.6 points per game and 6.5 assists, making him one of the top players in the game. most popular in the county.

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A product of the Raleigh (NC) Word of God Christian Academy, Wall ranked second in the 247Sports Composite, the nation’s top point guard in 2009.

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