Wizards’ John Wall looked ‘crazy good’ in scrimmages before NBA hiatus
Before the 2019-20 NBA season came to a sudden stop, Washington Wizards star John Wall was looking “crazy good” in scrimmages after a long absence from the court.
Wall has yet to play an NBA game since Dec. 26, 2018, a loss to the Detroit Pistons. Wall has been plagued by injuries, starting with a season-ending surgery on his left heel he scheduled for the following month. The All-Star point guard developed an infection in the incision from that surgery and unluckily suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon when he slipped and fell in his residence — later being ruled out for 12 months.
The road to recovery has been long for Wall, but he was looking sharp even before the coronavirus pandemic manifested in the United States and brought the NBA to a halt:
“I think people don’t get how still crazy good John is right now. People don’t get it. People don’t get it,” said teammate Isaac Bonga, according to Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington. “Seeing John… with us and [with] G-League [players]. It’s like, man, he cannot wait. He legit can’t wait to be back out there. That’s what he be showing every day out there. It’s crazy.”
This was Wall playing a full-court scrimmage back in January:
John Wall is playing in a full-court scrimmage getting buckets. pic.twitter.com/JMIMisfEnw
— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) January 13, 2020
Backcourt partner Bradley Beal has made huge strides in his scoring and playmaking during Wall’s absence, elevating his prowess to become the second-leading scorer in the league.
Bonga can’t wait to see what an All-Star-level Beal and a rested Wall can do together as a backcourt:
“It was just crazy seeing John and Brad, like seeing how Brad was at that time and then seeing him now. The steps, like the big steps that he took is low-key mind-blowing,” Bonga said. “Having those two back out there together again? It’s going to be a big problem.”
Wall had noted he had no plans to play this season, even if the Wizards were among the last teams invited to take part in a truncated resumption of the 2019-20 NBA season. The speedy point guard plans to do some more waiting even with the Wizards playing at Disney World, but it should all hopefully be worth the two-year wait.