John Wall took a lot of flak from the media and others when he signed a contract extension worth five years and $80 million back in 2013. People said he wasn’t worth that money, but he reeled off two All-Star appearances and was named the NBA All-Defensive second team this year to reward the Wizards for their faith.
Meanwhile, everyone is applauding the Detroit Pistons for giving Reggie Jackson the same exact deal. Wall didn’t seem too pleased with the hypocrisy and praise for a guy who has been a backup almost his entire career. “People talk about me getting $80 million, now you got people getting $85 million that haven’t made the All-Star (Game) or anything like that,” Wall said to Comcast SportsNet Washington. “I guess they came in at the right time. That new CBA kicked in and they’re good now. Reggie Jackson gets five years, $80 million. I’m getting the same as Reggie Jackson.”
But Wall didn’t want to make it seem like he was too bitter about it:
“That’s what happens,” Wall said. “But I’m happy for all those guys. To see anybody get the opportunity to live their dream out, get the opportunity to take care of their family when they can, it’s a blessing.”
Jackson averaged 14.5 points, six assists and 4.2 rebounds in 77 games last season. The 24-year-old Wall was the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NBA draft and has been selected to each of the past two All-Star Games. He averaged 17.6 points and a career-high 10 assists per game in helping the Wizards to the postseason for the second straight year.