The five-time All-Star, John Wall, says he is eager to return to the court after officially joining the LA Clippers. Upon asking the reason why he chose to join the LA Clippers, Wall responded, “Just a first-class organization, great team, great talent, I think it’s just a great place for me to be. I feel like they’re a championship contender team. I feel like I fit whatever they need, to be a point guard there and try to be a leader, and make the game easier for Kawhi and PG.”
Wall was already seeing Paul George, so relocating to Los Angeles was not altogether foreign to him. The five-time All-Star is eager for the chance to play with PG and is also given the chance to assist Kawhi Leonard. Wall said that he had spoken to Kawhi on the phone after clearing waivers.
“I talked to him on the phone, him and Paul George on the phone,” Wall said when asked about Kawhi. “He said, ‘Don’t come over here and try to fit in. Just be yourself. Play your game no matter what, we will try to fit in with you and feed off each other… We have one ultimate goal, and that’s to win a championship.”
Kawhi Leonard, who is perceived to be quiet and frigid, is often lauded by his teammates as a leader. The recent revelation by Wall is proof of that, for sure.
Thoughts on Lakers vs. Clippers Rivalry
When asked about “the Battle of LA”, Wall expressed his delight in the numerous championship games that these two teams would play in front of a dazzling crowd.
“We know who they have over there, and we know who we have on our side. I think it’s gonna be a great battle, and I think it’s a great opportunity for me. I think a lot of people get to see me play on TV, with Kawhi and those guys they have a lot of TV games, I love the stage. When the lights are bright, that’s the best time to perform, so I’m excited about it.”
Last season’s “Battle of LA” was very one-sided. It featured the Clippers overwhelming the Lakers in four straight victories. These victories were all achieved without Kawhi Leonard, and three of them were also accomplished without Paul George. The Lakers’ team was unable to defeat Reggie Jackson and Luke Kennard last season, despite LeBron James and Anthony Davis playing in each of their games against the Clippers. So the head-to-head between the two teams is expected to be similar this time around. That is unless they make some significant adjustments.