John Wall agrees with Kyrie Irving, says he wouldn't play in NBA's restart

Chase Hughes
NBC Sports Washington

John Wall has had many battles with Kyrie Irving on the court, but he stands with him in what has become the league's biggest off-court storyline.

Irving has sounded some alarms about the NBA's restart at Disney World, saying players should consider not going in light of recent protests around the country seeking social justice reform. Wall explained on 'The Tuff Juice Podcast' with Caron Butler why he feels the same.


"For me, if I was playing, I wouldn't want to go to it, to be honest. I just don't feel like it's safe. I just don't feel like it is. I understand why they want to do it and what they're trying to get to, but I wouldn't want to," Wall said.

Wall further clarified to say that even if he was fully healthy, he wouldn't go. Wall, of course, is continuing through a lengthy recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon. He is not going to play anyways for that reason.

But if he were in the same boat as the rest of the players, he wouldn't go.

"If I was healthy enough to play, I wouldn't want to go play," he said. "What am I going, just to play eight games? I'm not going for just eight games and then coming back home."


Wall has often been pitted against Irving on the court as two longtime Eastern Conference point guards who were the No. 1 draft pick in back-to-back years. He has a lot of respect for Irving as a player and, as he explains, as an advocate as well.

"Kyrie has his things where he be in his own world... 'The Earth is flat,'" he said. "But to be honest, I think he has a point. A lot of people feel that way. I think that's why they tried to get on that call to see how many people really want to go play and how many people don't want to play. Because with all this 'Black Lives Matter' going on and protesting and trying to get justice and all that; a lot of people feel like it's not safe to go there. That's what he stands on."

Irving and Wall both saying this makes it now at least two stars who have reservations about the league's resumption plan. Both, however, are out with long-term injuries.

Will any star players who are expected to play step up and join them? Wall voicing his support could certainly help Irving's cause.

Wall and Butler tackle many other subjects regarding current events, as well as some basketball topics. You can listen to the full interview right here.

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