Wizards’ John Wall claims to be fully healthy, still won’t play when season resumes
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has been away from the game for almost a year and a half, but he just proclaimed he is now fully healthy.
The dime maestro declared himself 110% during a conference call with reporters on Tuesday. However, The Athletic’s Fred Katz took it upon himself to echo what Wall and the Wizards have long said in the past few months: He won’t be coming back this season, even if there are games to be played.
John Wall: "I’m 110 percent. I’m healthy.”
I will answer the follow-up, since he and the organization have said it 392 times: No, he does not plan on playing this season, even if there are more Wizards regular-season games to be played.
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) May 26, 2020
Wall has been away from the court since a January 2019 left heel surgery put an end to his season. A series of tragic events, including an infection and a ruptured Achilles, prolonged what would have been a normal recovery — setting him out for another 12 months.
Bradley Beal has led the charge in Wall’s absence, developing into the NBA’s second-leading scorer this 2019-20 season. While the Wizards could use a glance at Wall to determine what to make of their franchise, it won’t happen just yet as they take a careful approach with his recovery.
Wall has endured a series of injuries in the last few years of his career, so many question if the uber-athletic floor general will return a different man after putting his body under the knife so many times.
Wall will turn 30 years old in September. Couple the aging with the recent string of surgeries and it’s fair to wonder if the Kentucky product can ever be the same after a wave of untimely injuries.
If he’s 110% healthy, he will have to wait until 2020-21 to show it, even if the Wizards return to play in some regular-season games later this summer. There’s also a chance Washington is a part of a potential play-in tournament. The Wizards may have entered the NBA’s hiatus with a poor 24-40 record, but that still has them at the No. 9 spot in the Eastern Conference.