Outside of the Harden legend, Wall is enjoying his time in Houston initially appeared on NBC Sports Washington

John Wall’s Firecrackers career didn’t get off to the very best start and it didn’t have much of anything to do with him.

Since James Harden decided he wanted out of Houston with 2 years left on his agreement and showed up late to training school, there was little to no attention on basketball.

So aside from those tumultuous first few weeks, Wall has actually enjoyed his time with his brand-new team.

” Beyond James [Harden] disappointing as much as training camp and not wishing to be here, everything else was fantastic,” Wall told NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller. “The most important thing is we could not control what he wished to do and at the exact same time as an organization, you have actually got ta comprehend they wan na handle it the method they wan na manage it.”

If it were up to Harden, he most likely would’ve preferred to get traded the minute he made his preliminary demand. But with 2 years and a gamer option left on his contract, the Firecrackers were in a position to wait out the market for the best possible return.

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While that benefitted their franchise long term by protecting four first-round picks and 4 first-round choice swaps from the Internet (one first-rounder from Milwaukee), extending the battle in between the group and Harden made it tough for the rest of the team to determine how to play together.

” I believe that was the most difficult thing since we were all searching for methods to get the group to come together as one,” Wall said. “My frame of mind is I just returned after not playing for two years, I’m attempting to get this going properly. There were a little wrinkle areas we had to toss a little WD-40 therein to get it out the best way.”

The Rockets are 6-9 and boast the 19th-best net rating in the NBA. There’s a lot of room for enhancement there, though it’s essential to note they’ve yet to play a video game with their full roster post-Harden trade.

Talent isn’t an issue with Wall, Victor Oladipo, Christian Wood, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker. It’s just a matter of them coming together and developing a brand-new identity.

” I think we can be something unique,” Wall stated. “This moment is where management becomes a big element,” he said. “If you do not have an excellent leader, your team can kind of sink and I believe in my capabilities on the court as a leader and off the court to get this team together.”

Enjoy Chris Miller’s full interview with John Wall on Wizards Pregame Live Tuesday night. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.