The NBA World Today


Noah Willis, Contributor

Picture to the left is Nets superstar Kevin Durant while the picture on the write is Clippers star John Wall

The NBA World never has a dull moment, even with the season being right around the corner news is just bursting out the seams. After a controversial to say the least offseason, Kevin Durant has finally decided to stay with the Brooklyn Nets after having a sit down meeting with Sean Marks (general manager), Steve Nash (head coach) along with Joe and Clara Tsai (co-owners). This comes after Durant requested a trade on June 30 just after Brooklyn was eliminated by the Boston Celtics in round one of the NBA Playoffs. It’s believed that Durant requested the trade because his time in Brooklyn just hasn’t gone how he thought it would, the pairing with him and Kyrie Irving works when they’re on the court together but the problem is they’ve only been on the court for 44 of possible 246 games in their three seasons together since arriving in the summer of 2019. 

When Durant first got there with Irving joining him everyone around the league knew it was championship or bust for them, due to them both being superstar caliber players the expectations were expected to be sky high and they have yet to reach them or even get to a NBA Finals yet. With all that being said Durant chose to come back and with the addition of Ben Simmons who himself has shown superstar potential when he’s actually on the court, it’s definitely a make or break season for them and eyes will be glued to the Barclays Center this season. 

That’s not all that’s happening in the NBA world though because recently acquired LA Clippers guard John Wall has come out to say that he contemplated suicide over past three years while recovering from a torn Achilles. During this time Wall has had to deal with the death of family members when COVID-19 was at its height as a pandemic. Wall said that during this time it was the “Darkest place I’ve ever been” and  “I mean, just tearing my Achilles, my mom being sick, my mom passing, my grandma passed a year later, all this in the midst of COVID-19 and at the same time, me going to chemotherapy, me sitting by my mom taking her last breaths wearing the same clothes for three days straight laying on the couch beside her.” It’s unimaginable that Wall is going to come back from all of that and continue to play basketball, but he credited his two kids and their mother with being a strong support system for him and a key part in him getting through this. It’s going to be interesting to see how he looks in his return since we haven’t seen him play an actual NBA game since April 23, 2021 but regardless of how he plays we’re all glad he’s out of his dark place.

Credit ESPN and Clutch Points for pictures