Wizards guard John Wall to get first signature shoe with Adidas
Wall signed a five-year, $25 million endorsement contract with Reebok after being the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NBA draft, but left for Adidas in 2013. After battling injuries during the first three seasons of his career, he averaged 19.3 points, 8.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game last season, leading the Wizards to the second round of the playoffs.
Wall said his performance last season and main adidas spokesman Derrick Rose's uncertain future were the reasons the company gave him a signature line.
"They were going through a tough time with Derrick being injured and they invested a lot of time in him and the other guys around Adidas are happy to have him back playing. But how the season went along and I played big, had a 47-point game. And going into the next season I had the Crazy Quick 2. I started wearing [it] and they were, ‘Well, we think it’s time you start building you marketing-wise.’”
He debuted the shoe at the Team USA training camp last week in Las Vegas, where he was cut along with Wizards teammate Bradley Beal and Hawks forward Paul Millsap.
- Paul Palladino