Washington Wizards star point guard, John Wall, knows a thing or two about injuries. Fractured hands, rolled ankles, dinged up knees, ribs, and wrists, Wall is a tough character and has been known to fight through his fair share of pain.
Wall missed 13, 16, and 33 games in his first three seasons, respectively, with the Wizards, so the thought of sitting out a game when healthy is a head-scratcher to the former Kentucky Wildcat.
“That’s the difference about our league now. It’s kind of gotten a little softer,” Wall told CSNmidatlantic.com. “Guys sit out and rest. I understand the coach made a decision, you can’t go against what the coach said or the doctor said.”
After landing awkwardly on Wednesday night, Wall was rumored to miss Friday night’s clash with the Chicago Bulls with a ‘sprained foot’. That would not be the case, Wall suited up for his Wizards and went to town on the Bulls with a career-high 20 assists.
“I’m not the type of guy who wants to sit down and rest. I think you owe it to the fans,” Wall said. “They paid money to come see us play. That’s how a professional goes out there and competes. If nothing is hurt, you can play go play.
“I missed games I didn’t want to miss in the past because I was injured. I make up for the time I can make up.”
The San Antonio Spurs started a trend a few seasons back, as they would rest their aging stars while preparing for an upcoming playoff run. That strategy has been adopted league-wide, with some of the league’s superstars being rested on what seems like a weekly basis.
While Wall might not be a fan, it seems like the resting approach is here to stay.