John Wall's mom is battling cancer

Brian Tinsman
February 10, 2019 - 7:54 pm

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There's never a good time to suffer a long-term injury, but maybe the universe is looking out for John Wall, in a way.

Wall's season was already over when he went under the knife to repair his heel last week. It was during surgery that it was revealed he had ruptured his Achilles weeks earlier in an accident around the house.

Then, during an in-game interview with NBC Sports on Friday, Wall revealed that the injury gives him more time to be with his mother, Frances Pulley, during her time of need.

"My spirits are great, man," Wall said to NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller. "Just spending time with my son, spending time with my mom that's battling cancer.

"God don't make no mistakes. I can't wonder why He did this, probably it's a good time to spend with my mom while she's battling this cancer and be there for her, and also be there for my son."

Wall is very close with his mother, who raised him after his father died of cancer when Wall was young. Before he went away to college, she suffered a brain aneurysm that almost caused him to stay home.

During an awards ceremony at the University of Kentucky in 2017, Wall publicly embraced the term "momma's boy" in a speech thanking his mom.

"I just wanted to say, 'Thank you for being my mom,'" he said through tears at the podium. "I know it was tough growing up with me and my two sisters, seeing my dad go to jail at a young age and you sacrificing everything. 

"You knew I was a hard-headed kid. I know you hated it in kindergarten because you had to sit in the parking lot and I could never stay in school more than 30 minutes. I was always getting kicked out and she had to drive 45 minutes to take me to school. Then when I was playing AAU basketball...she would miss a lot of tournaments, but she would sacrifice and not pay the light bill, just so I could go and play basketball.

"Then, when I was 16 years old, I kept getting in trouble. She took basketball away from me. She said, 'You can go down the same road as your daddy and your brothers, or you can be somebody very special and change our family's lives.'

"I wanted to thank you, Mom, for being a strong and powerful woman...when you really get to know me, I'm a loyal person. I'm a family person."

Wall would rather be available for the Wizards, but the time couldn't be better for him to focus on family and what matters most right now. Our thoughts are with Wall and his family.


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