The Clippers are heading into the 2022-23 season as a significant threat to dethrone the Golden State Warriors and be the Western Conference representative in the 2023 NBA Finals. At their best, the Clippers will be led by two-time Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and a pair of All-Star in Paul George and John Wall.
The main question the Clippers will face, besides health, will be what happens with Wall. The four-time All-Star will be playing for the first time since getting shut down in April 2021 due to a grade 2 hamstring injury. When Leonard was asked about the Clippers’ offseason acquisitions on Media Day, he spoke well of Wall, letting the world know that Wall has “been looking great” this summer.
“John, all I can really go back (to) is the two years I seen him against us in Houston, ” Leonard said. He was playing well — that’s the last time I probably seen him in person in a live-game action other than the practices here, but he’s been looking great so let’s put it all on the floor and see what we could do. Like I said, we got a lot of talent here, and I think we can make something happen.”
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) September 27, 2022
When Wall was interviewed, he gave assembled reporters and fans a resounding message as training camp and preseason loom over the basketball world.
“Just let the world know — you’re gonna see a dog; that’s what you got when you signed me.”
Wall will have plenty of opportunity to prove he’s got that dog in him in his first games since Houston unceremoniously moved on from him and asked him to stay at home so they could focus on developing their young core of talent.