In what's surely been an emotional day for him, John Wall took a moment Thursday to connect directly with his fans in the nation's capital.
Wall's Instagram message arrived mere hours after he was traded to the Houston Rockets for Russell Westbrook late Wednesday evening, bringing his tenure with the Wizards to a close. Wall was selected first overall by Washington in 2010.
"Where do I even begin? Ten years is a long time to think back on. I came to DC as a skinny 19 year old with big dreams and goals. You embraced me and my family with open arms. You rocked with me from day 1 until now.
"From a young rookie to an All-Star, I did my best to make you proud. Through good times like that Game 6 versus Boston, through injuries & rehab, I always felt the love from you. I appreciate you and will ALWAYS have love for DC.
"I may not wear the jersey anymore but I will never forget what it meant to represent for y'all. This isn’t the way I thought I would say goodbye to this city, so I won’t… I will say THANK YOU!
"Love, John Wall"