John Wall said Wizards “thought I was done,” got his revenge with Rockets’ win

For John Wall, this was personal.

He had played nine seasons in Washington, been an All-Star and All-NBA player, but after injuries hit him hard the past two seasons, the franchise decided it would be better off with Russell Westbrook next to Bradley Beal and made a trade. Wall took it personally.

Wall elaborated on this to Chris Miller of NBC Sports Washington:

“Just seeing everybody that’s over there, a lot of people that’s on that side that probably didn’t believe I could come back to be the person I am. And probably some people that had a little say so into me being traded,” Wall told Miller. “I feel like it was a whole process, and it wasn’t just something that happened overnight. I think this was in the works. That’s my motivation. Who wouldn’t want to beat the team that traded them and felt like I was done?”

Scott Brooks and the Wizards denied this, but Wall took his frustration out on the court Tuesday night, scoring 24 points and leading Houston to a 107-88 thumping of his former team.