When asked how the last two and a half years have been for him, the Los Angeles Clippers point guard described the period as the “darkest place I’ve ever been in.”
“At one point in time, I thought about committing suicide,” Wall said.
He detailed the heavy emotional toll of “tearing my Achilles, my mom being sick, my mom passing, and my grandma passing a year later,” adding that these struggles were compounded by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
But the difficult experiences have shaped his current outlook on life, Wall said.
“Me going to the chemotherapy and sitting there. Me seeing my mom take her last breath. Wearing the same clothes for three days straight and laying on the couch sobbing,” Wall said. “Looking at all that, I’m like, if I can get through this, I can get through anything in life.”
Wall also disclosed that he sought treatment with a therapist to help address his mental health difficulties.
“You know a lot of people think, ‘I don’t need help, I can get through any times,’ but you’ve got to be true to yourself and find out what’s best for you, and I did that,” he said.
Wall did not play in the 2021-22 NBA season as a member of the Houston Rockets. He averaged over 20 points and nearly 7 assists per game during the 2020-21 season and signed with the Los Angeles Clippers in July.
The 2022-23 NBA regular season starts on October 18. The Los Angeles Clippers begin their season on October 21 against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Crypto.com Arena.