At the end of a disappointing season for his Washington Wizards, former Kentucky basketball star John Wall underwent surgery on both of his knees. While his right knee only required a minor procedure, his left knee needed extensive work and the recovery process has been pretty extreme.
After doing flexibility and strength work for almost 6 hours per day to get his knee back in shape, Wall is hoping to be ready for the season opener on October 27th in Atlanta.
“I’m right where I’m supposed to be but I’m not in no rush,” Wall told reporters at his third annual John Wall Family Foundation Back to School Block Party on Saturday. “I’m just taking it day by day and just hopeful that I’m ready for the opening of the season.”
The Wizards barely finished with a .500 (41-41) record this season after earning a 5 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs in 2015. With Bradley Beal missing almost 30 games and seeing limiting time in 20 others due to injury, the once promising young team seemed to take a step back in the 2015-2016 season.
Even with the Wizards’ struggles, Wall averaged a double-double for the second year in a row. He was the lone bright spot for the team as he produced a career high in points (19.9), assists (10.2), steals (1.9), and rebounds (4.9) per game. But in the absence of Beal, the stress of carrying the team himself showed in his career high of 4.1 turnovers per game.
With Beal healthy again, and playing with a new contract, new coach Scott Brooks believes his backcourt can be something special when Wall is back at 100%.
"I haven't had a chance to coach them yet, but on paper an having coached against them, it's a perfect fit," Brooks said last month at a press conference. "We can have one of the best two-way backcourts in the league."
All of Big Blue Nation hopes that Coach Brooks is right about that. They are are also hoping Wall is ready to play earlier than expected so he can once again dance in Rupp Arena as the Washington Wizards take on the Sacramento Kings and their Kentucky-filled roster in Rupp on October 15th. You can get your tickets here. You’re welcome.