Jealousy is an ugly trait and one that has started to consume John Wall. Already a six-year NBA vet with three All-Star appearances under his belt, Wall has rapidly rocketed up the list of the league’s top point guards, but the former first overall pick has expressed conflict with shooting guard Bradley Beal and is now reportedly jealous of Rockets superstar James Harden.
Beal and Wall “have a tendency to dislike each other,” according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer. O’Connor then added how he heard that Wall has “jealousy issues” from a source close to the league. If that’s true, and it sounds like it is, the Wizards are a ticking time bomb.
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It started back in 2013 when Wall inked a five-year, roughly $85 million contract, a dollar amount that pales in comparison to this season because of the salary cap explosion. The reported jealousy began early in 2016 when Harden signed his 13-year, $200 million deal with Adidas. Wall, whose first endorsement deal was with Reebok, was offered $7.5 million annually from Adidas, and Nick DePaula of The Vertical stated how Wall turned down that offer because he wanted “Harden money.”
John Wall has put his talent on display night in and night out, but it has yet to be seen if he’s worth a Harden-level endorsement deal. Players who are given those kinds of deals are incredibly polarizing and highly marketable–Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry. After averaging 19.9 points, 10.2 assists, and 1.9 steals this past year, Wall’s on-court persona has taken a step forward, but off the court, he has yet to establish a brand–right now, he’s an erratic and athletic point guard on a mediocre team. Adding Rich Paul, James’ agent, is certainly a step in the right direction for off-court Wall.
With Harden, Adidas has that polarizing figure.
Yes, he’s on a mediocre team, but he’s a multi-faceted scoring machine who dazzles crowds nightly and is a perennial MVP candidate. On top of that, his game has expanded, and he’s done much more regarding rebounding and playmaking, all while maintaining a perfectly groomed beard has made him a global icon.
In time, Wall will be at a level worthy of a nine-figure endorsement deal. However, brands will not want to market his brand if it includes jealousy and an on-court dislike of his teammates.
Or will they?
Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference
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