After being sidelined since late September with a stress injury to his kneecap, Washington Wizards star John Wall, would make his long awaited season-debut on January 12th against Washington’s division rival, Atlanta Hawks.
John Wall played just 22 minutes, but contributed with 14 points and 4 assists, but most importantly, Wall displayed his elite level of talent Wizards fans were desperately waiting to see. Wall dazzled the packed Verizon Center audience, which showed up merely to watch John Wall, with crossovers, jump shots, and his blazing speed Wizards fans have grown accustom to seeing. After the win, Wall expressed his gratitude towards the fans, stating;
It was a big day for me today, seeing how I would feel after only going through practice… I’m just excited to get back out there with my teammates and play in front of the D.C. crowd and help my team get a win.
It’s not often where just a single player could become such a difference maker, but John Wall proved just to be that for the Wizards. With A.J. Price at starting point guard, and John Wall sitting on the sideline, the Wizards fell to a miserable 5-28 record, which obviously devastated fans.
I guess it took a devastating injury to show how much value John Wall really has on the Washington Wizards roster. In fact, without John Wall, who was proclaimed the NBA’s second most indispensable point guard by ESPN Insider Amin Elhassen, the Wizards would’ve finished with one of the worst records in NBA history.
January 12th couldn’t come any quicker for Wizards fans, and since then, the support for John Wall has grown exponentially.