“Let’s just say it’s not ideal for you to meet a player for the first time when he’s in a hospital bed,” Scott Brooks would later say. He who flew to Cleveland to see Wall days after officially being hired as the Washington Wizards head coach last spring. “And it’s even less ideal when that guy is your All-Star point guard and he just had surgery on both knees. But that’s where we were and that’s where we got to know each other.”
"There were days I could barely walk," Wall says. "For the last few seasons I couldn't jump over a telephone book off my left leg. You can look at the film, all you'll see is me jumping off my right leg or two feet. I learned how to be effective doing it, but I wasn't myself."
J. Michael Falgoust: Wall said doctors told him he couldnt play back to backs until Jan (2 knee surgeries May 5) #WizHawks
After the game, Wall underwent X-rays on his right pinkie finger and left wrist. The results came back negative, but Wall revealed he had been dealing with the injuries before the Wizards played in Boston. “My right pinkie is messed up and my left wrist is swollen,” Wall said. “I knew it was hurting. I knew it was painful before the game. It was a big game for us. I just tried to come out and play through it and the result came out how it was.”
Brooks believes that Wall’s injuries may linger. “It’s going to affect him a little bit in the next couple of weeks, but he’s tough,” Brooks said. “He’s not gong to complain about it. That’s what I love about him. I love that competitive spirit. Then he took about four of five shots that he probably shouldn’t have taken but he’d been playing extremely well.”
John Wall will be held out of the Washington Wizards' game Saturday at Chicago as coach Scott Brooks attempts to manage the All-Star guard's minutes. Brooks had said Wall would not play both halves of a back-to-back set. Wall was set to play Friday night at home against the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Wall is coming off surgery on each knee.
Chris Miller: As expected #Wizards John Wall (knees) and Marcus Thornton (thumb) are out tonight vs. @Philadelphia 76ers #WizardsTalk #SixersTalk
J. Michael Falgoust: When Wall goes through a full 5 on 5 session, which hasn't happened yet, then the next step would be a game #WizardsTalk #WizSixers
J. Michael Falgoust: Wall told @CSNMA hes ahead of schedule with knees but wont commit yet to being on commit to opener Oct 27 #WizardsTalk
Candace Buckner: Scott Brooks won't commit to John Wall appearing in a game this October: "To early to say if he’ll play in any preseason games."
Candace Buckner: John Wall has been playing 1-on-1 & 3-on-3 with teammates. Good sign. But no indication when he'll be ready for camp washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-i…
During a lunch with Washington Post editors and reporters on Wednesday, Brooks addressed a wide range of topics including John Wall’s health. When asked if Wall would be available for the Wizards’ first training camp practice, Tuesday on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Brooks expressed uncertainty, though he didn’t appear too concerned at this point. “Don’t know that but he’s doing some one-on-one, he’s doing some three-on-three. Not really worried about that,” Brooks said. “Like all of our athletes, I want them to be ready but he’s definitely moving towards that direction.”
“I don’t like to put a timetable [on it] because if he doesn’t meet it [then] we’re saying, ‘Oh, he’s still hurt,’ ” Brooks said. “He’s improving. His body looks great [but] his conditioning is going to be behind. Once you step into an NBA practice, the level goes way up,” Brooks continued. “Especially in a training camp situation where you have guys trying to make it, guys trying to fight for minutes, trying to fight for starting jobs, but we have to make sure [about Wall] because that’s when things can go sideways. I saw him this morning for an hour, he looked great, but I don’t know -– we’ll find out soon.”
John Wall is progressing following two knee procedures this offseason, but it remains uncertain whether the Washington Wizards point guard will be ready for the regular season opener on Oct. 27. "He's working hard. Every day he's in the gym, getting his rehab on his body," coach Scott Brooks told CSN's Chris Miller Tuesday. "He's on the court, he's playing. One-on-one right now."
September 27, 2022 | 7:08 pm EDT Update
Mike Trudell: Injury update: Troy Brown Jr. is still dealing with his back issue and is day-to-day, while Lonnie Walker IV is progressing and close to returning to practice (he was on the floor shooting 3’s after practice). Kendrick Nunn was a full participant. pic.twitter.com/D14EXsgKT6
Mike Trudell: Kendrick Nunn reiterated his comments on media day that he’s feeling fully healthy. “It’s been a long time coming, and I feel real good now. I feel a lot stronger. I got my quickness back.”
Dave McMenamin: Kendrick Nunn says “it’s definitely a different vibe” at the start of this year’s training camp compared to last season. “It’s a different vibe, a new coaching staff, Coach Ham coming in and implanting things that he wants done,” he added. “Guys are buying in.”
If Thibodeau heard the noise, he wasn’t copping to it Tuesday. “I’ve never felt pressure, ever,” he said. “See, when you put everything you have into your job, that’s all you can do. So I’ve never felt pressure. Others can say this, that … that ain’t happening here. Just get ready.”
He was just getting started. “I’ve been at this a long time. I approach it the same way. I put everything I have into each and every day. I’m willing to live with that result. There’s no one — no one — who studies this team harder than I do.”
“We’re looking for who fits the best,” Bickerstaff said following the team’s first official practice. “What we try to do is put together the best five-man units that we possibly can. We feel like we are a deep team, and your first unit, second unit, third unit once you make your rotations — we’re trying to create as strong of units as we possibly can. It’s not something where we’re gonna rotate it or anything like that. It’s something that we want to put together so guys have an understanding of who they are and where they fit and when their minutes are gonna come. Whoever can help that group be the best on both ends of the floor, that’s the group we’ll put in. That doesn’t always mean that’s the group that you finish games with. I think there can be two separate groups here.”
In his own words, there are “a lot of players” in the running for the starting gig and there isn’t a frontrunner. According to Bickerstaff, Cedi Osman, Dean Wade, Isaac Okoro, Caris LeVert, Lamar Stevens and Dylan Windler are the contenders. That’s almost half the roster.
Bobby Marks: You can look at it as 1 trade but 2 separate parts. Atlanta is now $1.28M below the tax but have the flexibility to increase because of the $781K partial of Krejci. OKC with 18 guaranteed contract and pick up an additional draft asset. pic.twitter.com/cdS7Eak7H0