During a conference call with the media on Tuesday, Wall (Achilles) once again reiterated that he feels "110 percent" healthy, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports. Over the last few months, Wall has spoken openly about his progress as he works back from the torn Achilles tendon that's shelved him since midway through the 2018-19 season. While he once again stated that he feels healthier than ever, Wall and the Wizards remain aligned in the stance that the point guard will not play if the 2019-20 season resumes. The timeline is still very much up in the air, of course, but the goal is for Wall to return to action to begin the 2020-21 campaign.
In a recent interview with 247Sports, Wall (Achilles) expressed confidence in his game as he continues to work back from a ruptured Achilles tendon. Wall hasn't played in an NBA game since December of 2018, but he's gradually worked his way back toward full strength and is confident that he'll be able to return to playing at an All-Star level. "The sky is the limit," Wall said. "This is the healthiest I will have been, damn near my whole NBA career. That's why I took my time, that's why I didn't want to come back this season and be on a minutes restriction and try to do all of that. I just wanted to make sure I'm fully healthy, my body is where I want it to be and prepare for next season." Prior to the suspension of the NBA season, Wall had been practicing with the Wizards' G League affiliate and going through 5-on-5 scrimmages without restriction. Wall also noted that he's spent time improving his jumpshot, which has been an on-and-off issue since he entered the league in 2010-11. Wall implied that the injury -- as well as bone spurs in his ankle -- contributed to his at times inconsistent shooting. "People don't even know that sometimes when going full speed and then trying to stop was the worst, it was like somebody stabbed me with a knife in my heel and twisting it," Wall said. "It was so bad but like me just being able to take time off and get fully healthy. When I shoot one-dribble pull-ups and run and do certain things, it doesn't bother me at all; I just feel free."
Wall (Achilles) confirmed Thursday during an appearance on ESPN's "The Jump" program that he won't suit up for the Wizards in 2019-20 if or when the suspended season resumes, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports. General manager Tommy Sheppard said a week earlier that Wall wouldn't be available to play following the NBA hiatus, but it's at least good to know that the point guard is on the same page with the front office with regard to his rehab from surgery to repair his left Achilles' tendon. Wall said in his TV appearance Thursday that he's continuing to work out on the basketball court and in the gym at his home, and noted that he currently weighs in at 212 pounds, about seven more pounds than his ideal playing weight. With no word that he's experienced any setbacks since undergoing surgery 14 months ago, Wall is expected to be in playing shape by the time training camp for the 2020-21 season begins.
Prior to the suspension of the season, Wall (Achilles) had been practicing with the Wizards' G League affiliate, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports. The plan all along was for Wall to sit out the entirety of the 2019-20 season, but, according to Katz, the five-time All-Star was quietly cleared for contact behind the scenes. Wall had been scrimmaging with the Capital City Go-Go roughly every three days prior to the shutdown, playing 20-to-25 minutes per scrimmage. "You want a highly competitive deal, so we sort of decided with John, it was time to play with the Go-Go (and) practice," Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard said. "And when we can, we'd have a scrimmage for him. It's just been wonderful. It validates our process we have in place, to be able to utilize the Go-Go for so many functions to help the Wizards. And for them, I think those kids were freakin' thrilled to play with John." By all accounts, Wall was beginning to look like his old self in practices, with G League teammates praising his athleticism and competitiveness. "You always wonder (when) someone comes off an injury like that, how they (are going to) come back," Go-Go point guard Jerian Grant said. "He's been scrimmaging with us, and he's coast to coast in two seconds. So he looks really good. ... Still playing the way he was playing before the injuries." According to Go-Go coach Ryan Richman, Wall appeared to be in good physical shape. "He looks slim. He looks really good," Richman said. "If we didn't take him out, he'd just go the whole time."
Wall (Achilles) isn't expected to take the court for the Wizards if the NBA resumes this season, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports. Multiple members of the organization had already implied that Wall won't play in 2019-20, and the NBA's ongoing suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic apparently hasn't changed that line of thinking. Buckner notes that Wall has looked good in controlled environments during his recovery, but the league's suspension has left the point guard unable to simulate the intensity of his usual rehab workouts due to social distancing requirements. Team doctors would advise against quickly throwing him into games if the season resumed.
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