The Washington Wizards have remained mum on a timetable for John Wall’s return. But now there reason to believe the former No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft will be back in the next couple of weeks, and the news is coming straight from the man himself.
Wall revealed to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday night that he expects to be back sometime in January and that he’s not feeling pain after three consecutive days of working out. The Wizards point guard has yet to play this season because of a stress injury to his left patella:
“My timetable is some time in January. 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.”
Wall made those comments after the Wizards lost by three on Wednesday night to the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by point guard Kyrie Irving, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Wall said he never considered the possibility of going the entire season without playing but he’s still not quite in game-shape form; doctors have yet to clear him to fully practice or even scrimmage with the team. Wall said he still needs to strengthen his legs for jumping and cutting before he’s at a point where he can play in a game again. He also wants to drop 10 pounds before he makes his return; Wall has been in the locker room bulking up and is currently listed at 210 pounds.
Wall averaged 16.3 points, eight assists and 4.5 rebounds last season. He said when he returns in January, he will show everyone why he is one of the elite point guards of the future:
“If you look at the list of the point guards of the future, I’m not up there. 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.”