John Wall of the Houston Rockets warms up prior to during the game against the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center on April 10, 2021 in San Francisco, California.
John Wall and the Rockets will enter the NBA season in one of the most peculiar arrangements in recent history: Wall, a former No. 1 overall pick and All-Star, will not play, but will remain an active member of the team as a presence on the sidelines in practices and at games.
It’s a fortuitous development for the franchise. I had opined earlier in the summer that Wall’s presence in the lineup stood as the greatest obstacle to budding star Kevin Porter Jr.’s development. It seemed clear that Houston’s most critical objective of the offseason would be to unload Wall. Now they won’t have to, or at least they don’t have to be in a rush to do so.