Washington Wizards’ point guard John Wall previously underwent two knee surgeries this offseason and head coach Scott Brooks isn’t rushing his comeback, according to Ben Standig of CSN Mid-Atlantic. Wall’s status for opening night on Oct. 27 remains a mystery, but Brooks says that the star floor general is making progress.
“He’s working hard,” said Brooks. “Every day he’s in the gym, getting his rehab on his body. He’s on the court, he’s playing. One-on-one right now.”
Eventually playing one-on-one was something Wall already had his mind set on a month ago, so it is good to see that notion come to fruition. However, Brooks is treading cautiously with his starting point guard nonetheless.
“We’re in no rush,” he added. “We want to make sure that he’s ready. It’s a process. We still have all of training camp. We’ll see. We’re going to keep working, keep pushing him. The one thing about John. He puts the work in.”
Given that Wall has struggled with injury issues throughout his career, this was ultimately the likely approach. In his six years in the NBA, the University of Kentucky product has only played one 82-game season. The Wizards in general have had problems staying healthy over the past several years with Wall’s backcourt partner in Bradley Beal also constantly dealing with injuries.
The 26-year-old did play in 79 games last season, averaging 19.9 points and 10.2 rebounds, but Washington as a whole was a disappointment. Widely expected to make the playoffs for the third straight year, the Wizards went 41-41 and finished in 10th-place in the Eastern Conference.
For Washington to rebound in 2016-2017, the franchise will need a healthy Wall.