John Wall Feels ‘More Confident Than He’s Ever Been’

by July 27, 2013

As the final details of his new max deal are being hammered out, John Wall says he’s completely healthy and more confident than ever. From the Washington Post: “Wall, 22, offered hints at his potential last season, when he returned from a stress injury in his left knee and finished with career highs of 18.5 points and 44.1 percent field goal shooting. Wall was dazzling over the final six weeks of the regular season, scoring a career-high 47 points in a win over Memphis and handing out a career-high 16 assists to go along with 24 points in a comeback win over the Los Angeles Lakers. When asked what people should expect of him in his fourth season, Wall said, ‘That, and even better. I’m confident now and I’m ready to show the world what I’m capable of,’ Wall said. ‘This is the most confidence I ever felt. I’m more confident than I’ve ever been probably in my life. Just knowing what I know. I had a full summer to work on what I needed to. And just moving and growing and maturing as a player.’ Wall felt similar confidence last summer after competing on a USA Basketball select team that scrimmaged against the London Olympic team. But less than two months later, Wall began experiencing discomfort in his left knee that turned out to be a stress injury. He missed the first 33 games of the season.’Everybody was writing me off,’ Wall said. ‘Nobody believed in me no more, until what I did at the end of the season and then they started believing again. Just more motivation. Fuel to my flames to try to get better.’ Wall has maintained a similar workout schedule as last summer, when he linked up with renowned trainer Rob McClanaghan. McClanaghan has helped Rose, Westbrook and Minnesota Timberwolves forward-center Kevin Love maximize their talents and reach all-star status and was instrumental in helping Wall develop a more consistent jumper. This summer, Wall also has hired a personal chef to get more fit and even worked out with District native and Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant.”