NBA Rumors: John Wall Ready For Season Opener?
John Wall, the Washington Wizards point guard, is expected to be ready for the start of the new NBA season after undergoing surgeries on both knees during the offseason.Advertisement
Wall played 78 games last season but was suffering from niggling injuries on both his knees as the Wizards (41-41) missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
“I’m right where I’m supposed to be, but I’m not in no rush. I’m just taking it day by day and just hopeful that I’m ready for the opening of the season,” Wall told The Washington Post over the weekend.
John Wall rehabbing knees
At the end of the previous season, Wall underwent a surgery on his right knee before undergoing a similar procedure on his left knee. Since the left knee injury was reportedly more critical, it is taking a little more time to heal.
Wall revealed that he is working out at least two times a day but hasn’t been cleared by the team’s medical staff. For Wall to be cleared for the start of the new season, he would ideally have to return to scrimmages by late September before the start of the preseason.
“A lot of people keep asking me the same question every day, but I enjoy it. It’s another challenge I have to take, but I’m willing to conquer (it) and do whatever I have to do to prepare myself and come back 100 percent and have a better season than what I had last year,” added the former No. 1 overall pick.
The Wizards begin their regular season campaign on October 27 against the Atlanta Hawks. According to several reports, new coach Scott Brooks would start newcomer Trey Burke at point guard if Wall isn’t cleared in due time.
Last season, John Wall averaged a career-high tally of 19.9 points and 10.2 assists.