Los Angeles Clippers star John Wall wrote candidly about his struggles with mental health in a piece posted to the Players' Tribune Thursday.
In the column, titled "I'm Still Here," the 32-year-old said his difficulties began in early 2019, when he ruptured his Achilles while a member of the Washington Wizards, the team that drafted him No. 1 overall back in 2010. Wall said that he sustained "such a bad infection from the surgeries that I nearly had to have my foot amputated."
"In 2017, I'm jumping up on the announcer's table in D.C. after forcing Game 7 against Boston, and I'm the king of the city," Wall wrote. "I'm getting a max extension, thinking I'm a Wizard for life. A year later, I tore my Achilles and lost the only sanctuary I've ever known - the game of basketball."