John Wall not holding back on time in Houston: Beyond trash…we were tanking

John Wall has plenty to say about his time in Houston. In fact, the Los Angeles Clippers guard has let rip in a searing interview in which he dissects his spell with the Houston Rockets and talks up the Washington team he was previously part of.

Wall has accused Houston of trying to lose on purpose, criticised the general culture at the franchise and complained about unmet expectations. He eventually left the Rockets last summer after agreeing a buyout.

“Trash, beyond trash,” Wall said when he was asked about his time in Houston during the Tuesday’s episode of the Run Your Race podcast.

“We were trying to lose on purpose, tanking.

“That was our starting lineup, it was like me, David Nwaba, Jae’Sean Tate, Justin Patton, someone else…How the f*** can I win a game with this s***?”

No James Harden

Wall thought when he was traded to Houston that he’d be teaming up with fellow All-Star James Harden, but ‘The Beard’ was already on his way out when he arrived.

“I’m going there thinking James is gonna be there, but he already wants out,” Wall said.

“When I landed, I’m like, ‘What’s up? I’m about to land.’ He’s like, ‘Well I’m on my way to Atlanta to go to Lil Baby‘s birthday.’

“He’s asking if I want to get on the jet with him. Man, I just got traded here. I can’t (mess) up. I’ve got to be on good terms. I don’t know how the owner is, how the GM is.”

Not happy with suggested role

Wall didn’t feature last season after he refused to accept the reduced role that the franchise were proposing he play. Eventually, he was allowed to head home and sit out the season.

“No offense, but for who?,” Wall said, wondering which Rockets player would be good enough to start instead of him.

“I was your best player last year. They were like, ‘This is what the GM wants, he wants you to play 10-15 minutes a game, sometimes don’t play.’ I said I’m not doing that.”