John Wall's relationship with Reebok goes back to when he propelled to stardom after a stellar performance at a high school basketball camp sponsored by the shoe company. Wall later signed a five-year deal worth a reported $25 million with Reebok before the Wizards drafted him No. 1 overall in June 2010.
But the union has come to end, Wall acknowledged after Wednesday's practice at Verizon Center, where he was spotted wearing a pair of red Adidas high tops. The decision to part ways comes only a few months after Reebok released Wall's third signature basketball shoe.
Wall has been wearing Adidas sneakers in practice this week as he prepares to make his season debut on Saturday after missing the first 33 games with a stress injury in his left knee. After practice, Wall left the impression that nothing is settled with regards to his footwear going forward. "I may try a couple" different shoes, Wall said. "I'm on display again."
But only a few hours later, Adidas issued a statement announcing a new partnership with Wall and Reebok also issued a statement that confirmed his split from the brand that used Wall as its primary basketball spokesperson the past 2½ years.
"I've enjoyed my time with Reebok and I'm grateful for everything we accomplished the last few years," Wall said in the statement. "Now, I'm excited to return to the court soon and begin my new partnership with adidas. They've changed the game with new technology and style and I can't wait to be a part of it.".
John Wall leaving Reebok for Adidas
Washington Post | Jan 10