John Wall’s doctor shocked star guard didn’t tear Achilles six years ago
Washington Wizards floor general John Wall was always going to miss the entire 2019-20 season since he was recovering from two serious injuries. However, the All-Star playmaker can still count himself lucky.
Wall underwent a season-ending heel surgery in February 2019 to address a bone spur in his left heel that he had been playing on for years. After that, he fell in his house and tore his Achilles tendon.
While the two successive injuries should be a cause for concern for the team and their fans, Wall’s doctor offered a different perspective.
In an interview with Fred Katz of The Athletic, Wall revealed that his doctor was shocked to see the size of the bone spur in his heel and that the speedster didn’t get seriously injured prior to 2019.
“It was painful as hell, and I can’t wait to show people the pictures of what I played with,” the Wizards star guard said. “The bone spur, if I show you the picture of the bone spur I played (with), you’re like, no way in fucking hell you played with that.”
If he actually whipped out the x-rays, he’d show what was essentially a lego in his left heel. This one-and-a-half-inch bone growth chafed his Achilles for years, irritating it enough that his doctor told him he could have torn the tendon six years earlier than he actually did. He ruptured the Achilles when he slipped in the shower in January of 2019, one month after undergoing season-ending surgery to remove the bone spur. He hasn’t played an NBA game since.
“He was telling me things like that,” John Wall added. “He was like, ‘You got lucky.'”
The 29-year-old guard played in 32 games in 2018-19 before undergoing his heel surgery. He averaged 20.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 8.7 assists for the Wizards while shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 30.2 percent from beyond the arc and 69.7 percent from the free-throw line.
Wall has career averages of 19.0 points and 9.2 assists in 573 games with the Wizards. Washington supporters can’t wait to see Wall and Bradley Beal playing together again in 2020-21.