John Wall injury update: Wizards star to undergo season-ending surgery on troublesome heel, out 6-8 months
The Wizards, already going nowhere in 2018-19, won't have their star until next season
Washington Wizards guard John Wall is undergoing season-ending surgery on his troublesome left heel next week, the team announced on Saturday night. Wall is expected to be able to return to basketball activity in six to eight months. Via NBA.com/Wizards:
Wizards guard John Wall will undergo a debridement and repair of a Haglund's deformity and a chronic Achilles tendon injury in his left heel. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, WI, next week on a day to be determined. Wall is expected to return to full basketball activity in approximately six to eight months.
Wall met with a specialist on Saturday after missing the Wizards' 101-92 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday night due to the injury, and after that consultation, the team decided surgery was the best option. Reserve guard Tomas Satoransky will start in place of Wall while he is out.
The heel problem has been bothering Wall for years, Wizards head coach Scott Brooks noted on Friday night.
"If you have a sore heel and you're a high-level, elite athlete, it's going to bother you," Brooks said of Wall on Friday night, via the Washington Post. "And he's been able to manage it over the years, and now it definitely comes and goes. He has good days and bad days like a lot of guys go through. We all know his toughness and his pain threshold.
"I've been here three years, and it's been off and on, but we've all been able to manage it ... Two times in a row with me as a coach he's been an all-star, and he's been an All-Star three years before that. He's been able to do it, and sometimes there are times where he's able to fight through and, like tonight, he can't do it. It's bothering him, and it's time to see a specialist, and we'll know more decisions soon."
Surprisingly, SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh ran the projections on the remainder of the Wizards' season, and they should actually be a bit better without Wall. In fact, Wall's absence increases their chances of making the playoffs by a whopping 24 percent.
Southeast Division odds
Ending his '18-19 campaign on the sideline has to be disappointing for Wall, who thought that the Wizards were among the East's elite prior to the season's start.
"I think this is deepest team we've had and I feel very comfortable with this team," Wall said, via Yahoo Sports. "Everybody is going to put Boston No. 1, because that's what you're supposed to. They had a hell of a season with those guys coming back. You've got Philly, they got their pieces. I feel like those top four, those top five — you can't forget Milwaukee, what they have with Giannis [Antetokounmpo] — I feel like it's all cluttered. I put us right there."
On the season, Wall appeared in 32 games and averaged 20.7 points, 8.7 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in 34.5 minutes of action per performance for the Wizards.
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