John Wall was part of the 2010 Kentucky team that Kentucky back amongst the blue bloods after the rocky Billy Gillespie era.
The five-time All-Star had lived up to his expectations in the NBA but has battled some big injuries as of late.
Back in January 2019, Wall initially underwent season-ending surgery on his left heel. Following the surgery, Wall developed an infection in the incision, then suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon after slipping and falling in his home.
One year later, Wall looks like he’s healthy and ready to get back on the court.
Without Wall this season, the Wizards are sitting at 19-33 and on the playoff bubble.
With no real shot at contending for a title and an opportunity for a good draft pick, Washington Wizards GM, Tommy Sheppard, spoke on the possibility of Wall returning this season.
I think we have maintained that all along. We didn’t plan on seeing him this year. I think that’s fair to John, to manage the expectations for him… He’s on his way, but he’s not there and he’s not close yet. He’s a lot closer than he was a year ago when the injury happened.
Over the next three seasons, Wall is due to earn $131 million. Giving the Wizards an expensive incentive to ensure Wall is 110%.
In an interview with NBC Sports, Wall spoke on his return. Noting that he will have plenty of “emotion and adrenaline” as he feels fully healthy for the first time as an NBA player. Wall is also hopeful that his return game is at home, in D.C.
I’ve gotta be honest with you, if our first game isn’t in D.C. then I probably won’t play. Just to be realistic. I’m going to try to force the NBA for my first game to be at home next season.
You can watch and read the rest of the interview here.
If John Wall doesn’t suit up prior to the 2020-21 season, 20 months will have passed since his Achilles injury.