The Washington Wizards played a “Welcome Back” video for former point guard John Wall last night during their game against the Houston Rockets. If you didn’t see the video yet, it is below.
In the video, you can see some of Wall’s many accomplishments on the court, ranging from his first arrival to Washington, to his clutch shots in the NBA Playoffs, and to his philanthropic work in the D.C. area.
The Wizards have routinely made welcome back videos to former players in recent years. What makes Wall’s video stand out a bit more is that he was the face of the franchise for a decade from 2010-20. Additionally, the Wizards aren’t hosting fans at Capital One Arena due to the coronavirus pandemic, so Wall couldn’t see fans in the stands give their applause and shed some tears as well.
Perhaps we will see fans in the stands again for the 2021-22 NBA season. It may feel a little corny to go through all of these pleasantries with Wall again, but it still matters for fans to see the tribute in person when that time comes.
Until then, wear your masks, social distance when possible and don’t go to any mass gatherings. That includes Wizards games — even if they allow some fans in the second half of this season.