John Wall has called his upcoming missed time due to injury “a minor setback” and Team president Ernie Grunfeld deemed it “a bump in the road.”
Whatever way you want to cut it, this is not good for the Washington Wizards. They were hoping to breathe new life into DC basketball this year by adding veteran players Nene, Emeka Okafor, and Trevor Ariza.
The injury is a stress injury to his left knee cap and it will not require surgery, but he will be sidelined for about two months including the first month of the regular season.
“Just something that happens when you work out very hard, that’s all I can say,” Wall said.
“It’s very tough for me,” Wall added.
Wall led the Wizards in assists and steals last year, while also adding in 16.3 points per game; the Wizards finished 20-46 however and did not even sniff the playoffs. They traded long-time knuckleheads Javale McGee and Nick Young and hoped that the infusion of veterans into the roster would help the Wizards mature more quickly. This could strike a deadly blow to any playoff hopes for the Wizards (I think they’ve gone out the window), although their head coach is taking the optimistic approach.
“The good thing about this is that we caught it when we did. It’s not going to be a best-case scenario, but we also have to look at this in a positive way. … My expectations of what John can do this year, it being his third year, is not going to change. He’s just going to start a little later,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. “We were lucky that we came and saw it before there was any type of fracture or anything of that nature.”
Wittman also stated the obvious too: “Obviously, we’re going to miss John.”