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John Calipari Speaks Out On John Wall Admitting He Was In A "Dark Place" Mentally: "I Told Him, 'I'm With You Until The Wheels Fall Off.'"

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There are times when human beings struggle mentally due to circumstances in their life, and this is no different for NBA players. Mental health is an extremely important issue, and we have previously seen athletes speak out about their struggles. 

John Wall is a player that has admitted that he "thought about committing suicide" at one point in the past few years, as he was in the "darkest place" he has ever been in. That stemmed from a variety of things that were happening in his life, as Wall dealt with family members passing and injury issues at the time.

"Darkest place I've ever been in. At one point, I thought about committing suicide. Tearing my Achilles, my mom being sick, my mom passing, my grandma passing a year later, all this in the midst of COVID. At the same time, me going to chemotherapy, sitting by my mom taking her last breaths wearing the same clothes for 3 days straight... All those sacrifices... my team, the mother of my kids have been great. My two boys is my motivation... Looking at all this I'm like: "If I can get through this, I can get through anything in life."

This offseason, John Wall signed with the Los Angeles Clippers after getting a contract buyout from the Houston Rockets. Hopefully, we see him ball out next season and show that he's still an impactful player in this league.


Kentucky Coach John Calipari Shared His Thoughts On John Wall's Situation

In college, John Wall played for the University of Kentucky under famed head coach John Calipari. The two had a good relationship, and both are definitely legends for the university.

In a recent appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio, John Calipari shared his thoughts about John Wall's admission about being in a "dark place". Calipari claimed that he told Wall that he was with him "until the wheels fall off", and talked about how getting traded can be tough for someone like John Wall mentally.

I knew he was in a dark place because we stayed in touch. It was just his birthday... I told him "I'm with you until the wheels fall off". He goes back and forth and he says, "I'm with you coach."

In that league the worst thing that can happen to you, really makes you understand it's a business: you get traded. 

People will say "Well that doesn't affect him". No. First time they were told "we don't want you. We want somebody else". Getting traded in that league unless you're asking for the trade... If you're in the middle of the trade, and all of a sudden there are 5-6 guys and you're thrown in the mix. You're like "Well you guys told me you love me... we're family... we're gonna build this together"... That's part of that league that makes it hard.

There's no doubt that getting traded can be tough for a player like John Wall, especially since he spent the majority of his career with one franchise. While, obviously, trades are part of the business, they can definitely have an emotional impact on the players involved.

As of right now, John Wall is going to be part of a contending team with the Clippers next season. It will be interesting to see how he fits with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, and we could see him thrive in a new role behind the two stars.