The 2020-21 NBA season will mark John Wall's first season back after missing the entirety of last season and a good chunk of the 2018-19 campaign. Understandably, there are concerns about his condition after his long injury spell. However, new Houston Rockets head coach Stephen Silas erased such worries.
Just days after the blockbuster trade between the Rockets and the Washington Wizards, Silas immediately went to work and already had sharp observations on Wall. According to him, the 30-year-old looks healthy both physically and mentally.
“John Wall has looked great. He’s looked really, really good. Pushing the ball up the floor and getting everybody organized as a point guard does. Hitting guys on time and on target on passes, he’s still a little bit rusty, obviously since he hasn’t played in so long. But he’s a joy to coach, because he is a coach on the floor, but he also allows me to coach him. Which is amazing. He’s really doing a good job,” the Rockets coach shared, per Ben DuBose of USA Today.
Stephen Silas' first year as a head coach isn't exactly the most ideal. After all, he entered a franchise seemingly about to press the reset button after years of failing to transition to legitimate title contenders from a mere playoff team. Houston's relationship with franchise player James Harden isn't looking too good as well.
But amid all this, Silas and the Rockets are making the most of what they have. The team still looks good on paper despite all the changes in the offseason. Let's see how the team navigates through training camp with the regular season just around the corner.