Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks believes superstar John Wall will be better than ever in the 2020-21 NBA season.
“From the eye test, I’m excited,” Brooks said in an appearance on The Sports Junkies on Monday(h/t NBC Sport).”[Wall’s] gonna be just as good if not better than ever. He’s in a great place, he has a great program, working out, continuing to get his rehab, his body looks great from the last time I saw him. “Talking to our coach that’s with him [in Miami], he said, ‘He looks really good and he’s excited about having a lot more time before next season.’
Wall, 29, has not played in an NBA game since December 2018. The five-time All-Star suffered a left heel injury in 2018, and then a few months later, he ruptured his Achilles. Wall has spent the entire 2019-20 season recovering from that Achilles injury.
Nevertheless, Wall believes he’ll be 110% healthy when the 2020-21 season begins in December. Rumors were speculating that Wall could be making a return this season inside the Orlando bubble at Walt Disney World. However, the Wizards have already confirmed that’ll he’ll be using this time getting in shape for next season.
Before the season was suspended, the Wizards were 24-40 and ninth in the Eastern Conference, which was 5.5 games behind the eighth-seeded Orlando Magic. Since there are only eight games left in the regular season, it’s very unlikely the Wizards make the playoffs; therefore, there’s no point in bringing back Wall this season.
The Wizards first game back for the resumed season will be against the Phoenix Suns on July 31.