Washington Wizards point guard John Wall will not be 100% focused on the All-Star Game Sunday night. In this case it is totally understandable, and it might even be a good thing.
Wall’s mother Frances Pulley, with whom he is very close, was hospitalized recently with fluid buildup in her lungs. That prevented her from travelling with Wall to New Orleans for All-Star Weekend, but Wall says that she instructed him to still go and do his thing for the Eastern Conference (quotes from Michael Lee of the Washington Post):
I’m dealing with a lot of stuff, but she wants me to enjoy myself. She wants me to be happy…Whenever I get the opportunity, I try to call her and check on her, make sure she’s all right and try to enjoy myself. At the same time, that’s also at the back of your mind.”
So far, so good for Wall this weekend, who surely made his mother proud with his winning dunk in last night’s Slam Dunk Contest:
If Wall continues on that course, he will be able to take the motivation he gleans from his relationship with his mom and put on a show in the All-Star Game in what has already been an exciting season for him and the Washington Wizards.