After dropping another heart breaking game against Cleveland this Wednesday night, Wizards fans received some great news from Marc Spears of Y! Sports. John Wall, who hasn’t had a scheduled timetable for his return the entire season, is now expected to make his return in January.
A few weeks ago, John Wall was told by Dr.David Altcheck, that he’d be able to ‘ramp up his activity level. To be honest, this assessment was very vague, and left us pondering when Wall would make his actual return. “Ramping up” could mean virtually anything. It’s to be noted that Wall has been working out and shooting jump shots, but has not officially practiced with the team.
It’s great that John Wall has finally pinpointed a month in which Wizards fans could expect his return. Though nothing is set in stone, and a date wasn’t clear, Wall seems to be adamant that his road to recovery has been improving daily.
John Wall also seems to be very motivated about his return:
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
It’s quite clear that Wall realizes what he truly means to the Wizards organization, and realizes his untapped potential. Though I disagree with Wall in the aspect that he isn’t considered a “point guard of the future”, it’s great to see that he isn’t satisfied with what he has done in the NBA. Wall is already a top point guard in the NBA, but with the realization that improvement is needed, Wall really has the potential to mature as a basketball player.
The Wizards have suffered immeasurably with John Wall’s absence. Washington was considered a very fast paced team with Wall in the lineup, but have been forced to play more in the half court during the course of the season. Wall is undoubtedly one of the fastest, if not the fastest, players in the entire league.
Wall not only has the ability to create for others, but his ability to get easy baskets in transition has left the Wizards looking for offense. The Wizards don’t have any players on the roster which can consistently attack the basket, thus they’re forced to take outside jump shots which they struggle hitting.
I’ve just now realized how good John Wall really is. There’s no doubt in my mind that the Wizards would’ve been a fringe playoff team had Wall stayed healthy the entire season. In situations like today, in which the Wizards had enormous trouble guarding Kyrie Irving, Wall would’ve obviously made a tremendous difference. As a result, the 3-23 Wizards are constantly subject to heartbreaking losses.
Despite the loss on Wednesday night, Wizards fans got some great news. John Wall’s almost back, folks. And when he finally returns, make sure to strap on your seat belts.