John Wall’s absence from the NBA hardwood has been for far too long. The electric point guard was selected to the All-NBA third team in 2017, just before his injuries drastically began to pile up.
During the 2017-2018 season, Wall missed two months due to knee surgery. Then, in 2018, he was sidelined indefinitely due to a ruptured Achilles.
It’s been almost 18 months since the injury, and Wall is now claiming to be “110” percent healthy.
In a Zoom Call with local media, Wall said he’s “itching” to return to the court. However, Wall won’t return for a continued NBA season later on this summer. He will, though, be ready to return for the upcoming season.
The outlook for Washington is certainly different than when Wall was lacing them up, especially since his fellow back-court running mate, Bradley Beal, is averaging more than 30 points and six assists this season.
The Wizards are now a much younger team and appear to be caught in the middle of a rebuild. With Wall’s return, though, it could be exactly what Washington needs to propel them back in to the NBA Playoff race.
During Wall’s time away from the court, he’s become a lot more involved with the Washington D.C. community. Specifically in the last month, The John Wall Family Foundation has a goal to raise $300,000 over four weeks in an effort to provide rent relief for D.C. residents.
Washington Wizards player John Wall joins @craigmelvin to discuss his launching of a rent relief program for Ward 8 in Washington, DC, one of the region’s most underserved communities. pic.twitter.com/2TpbhQwAHx— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 26, 2020
Specifically, the Wizards and Mystics practice in Ward 8 of the D.C. area. This relief program will assist less fortunate citizens in that area to pay their rent.
Last month, Wall was again such a significant part of the area’s fight against COVID-19. He donated 2,300 N95 masks and over 600 meals to healthcare workers.
The former UK and current NBA superstar continues to prove he’s much more than just a famous basketball player. As Wall helps his community bounce back from the coronavirus, the closer we’ll also be to seeing his return to the hardwood.
Wall’s contract with the Wizards has three years left, as well does Beal’s, giving the team multiple chances to take a swing at a playoff run with a fully-healthy team.