Washington Wizards’ John Wall recently talked to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports! about his injury, among other things. He gave a timetable on when he’s making his return.
“My timetable is some time in January,” Wall told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday night. “The way I am feeling with no pain, working out and doing it three [days straight] and it has no pain, I’m feeling good. I feel like I am taking the right steps and I haven’t had no pain the last couple of days after workouts.”
The determining factor for clearance to play?
“When I feel like I can run and do everything like I used to, cut, jump like I used to, run fast like I used to,” Wall said. “And I feel like I am getting closer and closer to those steps.”
Two weeks ago, it was said that he could ramp up his activity level. At the time, there was still no return date. Now that he’s mentioned January as his return date. At least we’ll get to see Wall play for half a season, and that’s certainly good news for Wizards fans.
Wall certainly understands that he is no longer in the discussion of young point guards on the rise. People talk more about Ricky Rubio, Kyrie Irving, and Jeremy Lin these days than the #1 pick of the 2010 NBA Draft. But he’s made a vow. From the same article:
“If you look at the list of the point guards of the future, I’m not up there,” Wall said. “That gives more motivation to me when I get back to show the NBA what I really have to give to the league. They will respect me again. …
“Everybody will see. I won’t do the talking. I will let my game do the talking.”
We will certainly see. Hopefully, he shoots way better than that putrid .071 from behind the arc last season.