Candace Buckner: John Wall spent most of the postgame sitting near his stall and using a device to massage up & down his left leg. He’s been dealing with a lingering bone spur in his left heel. He took five shots and three from the arc —Wall said the injury kept him from driving as he likes to.
Candace Buckner: Asked John Wall to explain what's going on with his left heel, something that he has been dealing with this season and in the past: “It’s just like a bone spur. … I probably shouldn’t have played, that’s my fault. But you learn from your mistakes.”
In their four postseason appearances together, Wall and Beal failed to make it to the second round this year for the first time. Their long-time goal has been to break through the second-round barrier and into the Eastern Conference finals. "For me [this] was upsetting [mostly] because I missed 40-something games," said Wall, who missed a total of 41 games this season -- 28 straight after he had surgery on his left knee in January.
Chase Hughes: John Wall said he sprained his right ankle right after Bradley Beal’s sixth foul and right before he scored 8 of the Wizards’ final 14 points. Add that to his legend.
Candace Buckner: John Wall said he didn't feel pain after playing 33 minutes today. "Nah, I'm cool."
Candace Buckner: Brooks announces Wall will not play tomorrow in Chicago. Tomas Satoransky back in the starting lineup.
Candace Buckner: #Wizards simulated high-pace, intense practices for John Wall to see if he could play with no restricts. And he's passed everything. Brooks: "We wanted to make sure he's able to push and come back the next day."
Candace Buckner: Scott Brooks on the 27 games without Wall: "Trust me, I didn't know how we would respond." "We still have a chance to be in the playoffs. We're in a good position. John is excited to come back and we're looking forward to having him back."
Candace Buckner: Brooks says the team is "open" for John Wall playing some back-to-backs in this final stretch. The #Wizards have three back to backs within this remaining seven-game stretch
John Wall: Barring something unforeseen, John Wall is expected to return to action Saturday vs. @hornets #DCFamily #WizHornets #NBA
Chris Miller: John Wall will dress tonight vs. @Detroit Pistons but WILL NOT play. #DCFamily #WizPistons #Soon
Candace Buckner: So, ummm. Yesterday #Wizards Coach Scott Brooks said John Wall would participate in shootaround and be listed as “questionable” for tonight’s game vs Detroit. Well, looks like the first part is a no go
Candace Buckner: John Wall will travel with the team to Detroit, go through shootaround on Thursday morning and will be listed as “questionable” for the Thursday night game.
Tom Orsborn: Brooks is talking at length about the plan for Wall to rejoin team. He said there will be an adjustment period, but "this time of the year, it's a good problem to have," getting a great player back. What a contrast to #Spurs' situation with Kawhi.
It had been so long since John Wall met with the media to discuss his left knee injury that a different version of the five-time All-Star stepped in front of the cameras to field questions about his recovery on Monday afternoon. [...] "I've been feeling great," he said. "I feel like I've shown what I have to do in practice. I'm going through all the protocols for things I have to do to clear what they want me to clear. But I have done mostly everything they have asked me to do so far."
Wall feels good about his rehab and the shape he has been able to maintain. Wall, in fact, has lost 10 to 15 pounds since his arthroscopic left knee surgery on Jan. 31. It wasn't his intention, it just happened. Though it came as a surprise, the weight loss could be beneficial as less pressure will be put on his surgically repaired knee. "I'm in better shape and not overweight. I just feel better when I'm playing on the court," he said.
Wall, though, does not plan to adjust his game for those factors. And he is not concerned about his style of play in terms of risking further injury. He was quick to point out that this left knee saga all began on a fluke play where he banged knees with another player on Nov. 7 against the Mavericks. "I'm just going to be John Wall. That's all I know how to do," he said. "When I have an injury, I don't think about it. I go out and play the same way I played before."
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall returned to full-contact practice Saturday, seven weeks after undergoing a debridement in his left knee. There is no timetable set for Wall's return, according to the Wizards.
David Aldridge: @JohnWall, as Scott Brooks said was likely yesterday, a full go for the first time at Wizards practice today, per source.
Candace Buckner: Scott Brooks said "there's a good chance" that John Wall practices tomorrow. "He's ready to take it to another level."
Candace Buckner: More on Wall: Scott Brooks said he wants Wall to get "a handful of practices" in before he's activated for a game. And what's a handful? Brooks: "More than one, less than 20." So. Yeah.
Candace Buckner: Scott Brooks on the *POSSIBILITY* of John Wall practicing w/ teammates later this week: "It’s not etched in stone but we’re leaning towards that direction. He’s feeling better each day and he’s coming back and feeling fine after a hard workout like yesterday.”
Candace Buckner: John Wall went through a "hard workout" on Sunday during the team's day off, according to Brooks. He recovered well, and planned to do some individual work following the team's practice on Monday
The Wizards’ commitment to Sessions could indicate just how long Wall is expected to remain out. After undergoing left knee surgery on Jan. 31, Wall has been sidelined for six weeks. Although he has progressed to participating in offensive drills with teammates, Wall has not played in a five-on-five scrimmage — which would be his final step before returning to the court.
For a little more than half an hour on Monday, John Wall joined the Washington Wizards starters, completing the next step in his rehabilitation process. Wall, who has spent the previous five-plus weeks recovering from left knee surgery, participated in a pre-practice workout. Along with four starters, Wall drilled through the team’s offensive script when no defenders were on the court. Wall split time in the point guard position with Tomas Satoransky and played off the ball in his first session working with teammates since undergoing surgery Jan. 31.
Candace Buckner: John Wall participated in 5 on 0 work with starters ahead of practice, per Brooks. “He looked good.” Worked for about 35 minutes.
Candace Buckner: Brooks on Wall working through 5-on-0: “This was just the next step.” Brooks said he’s progressing in right direction of taking contact.
Wall worked out on the floor in Miami about a half-hour before the Wizards visited the Heat on Saturday night. He's done some courtwork in the past as part of his ongoing recovery from knee surgery, and this session was a continuation of the process. "This Wednesday will be six weeks and we said six to eight weeks," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "It won't be six weeks."
Wall took some jumpers and free throws, plus some layup drills that required him jumping off of both feet. Officially, he is still out indefinitely, though the Wizards seem convinced he will be back before the end of the regular season.
Candace Buckner: #Wizards Coach Scott Brooks said John Wall "moved around pretty good" on the court today.
Candace Buckner: John Wall will be on the court "soon" for workouts maybe today or tomorrow, per Scott Brooks. This week marked the 4th week since his surgery. The original timeline for return was 6-8 weeks
Expected to miss six to eight weeks, Wall said it’s too early in his rehabilitation process to gauge when he will be back. “I really don’t know because I’m just doing everything the doctors are telling me,” Wall said during his 18-minute all-star media availability. “I haven’t really tried to get back on the court yet so, just doing the little things. And I haven’t started running yet. So whenever I get to that point I can kind of start grasping stuff and understanding what level I’m at but right now it’s between six to eight weeks. It might be longer but I don’t know. I haven’t got to that point.”
Wall said he will begin traveling with the Wizards (33-24) following the all-star break. Last week, Wall heeded doctor’s orders and took the train to New York City where the Wizards played their final game before the break so that he wouldn’t log more flight time beyond the five hours he needed to spend on a plane to get to Los Angeles.
The Wizards are in the midst of a five-game win streak, one that's coincided with the absence of Wall, who had knee surgery last week and is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks. That's led some to wonder whether Washington is better without him on the court.
John Wall: "I've seen these guys put in a lot of work every day, and we always say the motto is next man up no matter what. I think we moved the ball well early in the season, we just couldn't make shots. And we couldn't defend at all. I think now guys are stepping up and the first unit and second unit are playing very well. But it was kind of shocking to hear a couple people say the ball is moving a lot better, when that's what I pride myself off of, being more happy when my teammates are scoring than I am."
Wall says he's still on crutches and waiting to get stitches out but overall is feeling great as the rehab begins. "I'm very positive through this whole process, just mentally strong," he told The Jump. "Been through it before. It was just to a point where I knew I couldn't be myself and I just wanted to get myself healthy. I know I got a long career where that I want to play, and to jeopardize it on this season, I thought it was best to have surgery."
Chase Hughes: The Wizards are now 10-6 without John Wall. That's close to 20 percent of their season and it equates to 51 wins over the course of a full schedule. Not bad.
Washington is without All-Star point guard John Wall for 6-8 weeks after he underweent a procedure on his left knee on Wednesday. But the Wizards aren't in the market to make a move that would jeopardize their future - meaning the Wizards are unlikely and maybe even unwilling to trade their 2018 first-round pick just to get backcourt help in Wall's absence.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Washington’s John Wall underwent his left knee surgery today, league source tells ESPN. He’s expected back in 6 to 8 weeks.
Candace Buckner: John Wall's arthroscopic debridement procedure today in Cleveland was a success, I've been told.
Fred Katz: In an opening question about John Wall, Scott Brooks drops a line about tonight’s game vs. OKC, “There’s no question we’re playing against one of the best players in the game - if not the best player.”
Candace Buckner: Scott Brooks on Wall absence: "I know if you feel sorry for yourself, you're missing the boat or missing the opportunity because nobody in the league is feeling sorry for us."
David Aldridge: Told @John Wall had the option for “clean-up” procedure (@Candace Buckner first) on knee earlier but opted for PRP treatment in hopes he could get thru the rest of the season afterward. Still wants to play now, but “at some point you have to be realistic,” per source.
Candace Buckner: John Wall's latest knee procedure needed to happen. He didn't want to put it off until after the All-Star weekend, I'm told, so that he could get back in time for the playoffs. Long end of the timeline has him returning March 27 when #Wizards play the Spurs
Candace Buckner: DEVELOPING: John Wall will undergo a knee procedure tomorrow (described as a clean up). He will miss six weeks & will not play in upcoming All-Star weekend, The Washington Post has learned. Story coming soon.
Chris Miller: John Wall is OUT tonight vs. @Jaryd Wilson (left knee) Tomas Satoransky will start in his place #DCFamily #NBA #WizHawks
Candace Buckner: John Wall said that next week he plans to go to Cleveland and visit the doctor who performed his 2016 knee surgeries. "Our doctors here have been doing a great job but there's nothing wrong with getting a second opinion."
Candace Buckner: John Wall threw down one thunderous dunk and blocked a big shot late in the game. Not once did he concern himself about his recovering knee. “If I’m going to be out here thinking about it, then I don’t need to be out there playing.” washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards…
Rashad Mobley: Per Coach Brooks, Wall will play but is on a mid-20s minutes restriction and Mahinmi is a game-time decision
Candace Buckner: John Wall is out tonight for ninth straight game. Scott Brooks said team will give him another day of rest and see how it looks re: playing tomorrow.
David Aldridge: All signs point to @JohnWall returning for the Wizards Wednesday in D.C. versus the Grizzlies, per source.
Candace Buckner: And here is Scott Brooks' direct quote on John Wall's status tomorrow vs Nets: "I can't commit that he's going to play tomorrow but he's definitely moving in the right direction." IMO would make sense for Wall to wait till Wednesday, the second night of a back to back.
Beal eventually will come back down to earth. But Wall doesn’t want to be the reason behind this inevitable descent. “We got to find a way to still keep him in his rhythm when I come back,” Wall said, “Keep him the same zone that he’s in.”
Candace Buckner: As expected, John Wall is out today vs #Clippers and will miss his eighth straight game. Team has a practice Monday in NYC, and he'll likely participate in his second full team session at that point.
Candace Buckner: Big news: John Wall participated in his first practice today (5 on 5), said his left knee “felt great.” However Wall will not play tomorrow vs the #Clippers
According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Wall, who received platelet-rich plasma and viscosupplementation injections in his left knee on Nov. 25, could make his return to the lineup by the middle of next week. The team originally shared that Wall would miss “approximately two weeks,” however, Wall has not gone through a practice or a shootaround with teammates. Although Wall is improving he still needs more time to recover, the source said.
Candace Buckner: Scott Brooks on John Wall’s post-shootaround session: “Just getting his workout with the coaches. There some conditioning and basketball work. Just the natural progression we have him going.”
Candace Buckner: More Brooks said he “doesn’t know when” Wall will return. Every day the team evaluates where he is and so far he’s “checked all the boxes.”
Six days removed from having platelet-rich plasma treatment and viscosupplementation injections in his left knee, Wizards point guard John Wall met with the media on Friday morning to dicuss the latest in his recovery timeline. "In Charlotte after the game I was with a couple of my friends. My agent said I was limping throughout the game. I didn’t even notice it. The adrenaline, going through the game, being back home in front of family. It was like, alright you need to do something about it," he said. "We talked, figured out what it was. After the Charlotte game I could barely walk. It was flaming up. My knee was swelling up even more. They were like we have to do something about it. I agreed to it."
Candace Buckner: John Wall will travel with the team during its two-game, back-to-back road trip to MIN and PHI.
Chris Miller: Teams not in a rush to make a roster move according to Scott Brooks with the news John Wall will be out for at least two weeks. (left knee swelling/soreness) #DCFamily #NBA
Chris Mannix: Wizards are optimistic that Wall, long plagued by knee issues, will be ready to go after two weeks, but with a tough schedule ahead, someone needs to step up.
Candace Buckner: Per timeline, looks like the earliest John Wall will return is Dec. 9 in Los Angeles, during the #Wizards long road trip
Candace Buckner: Per #Wizards, John Wall will miss two weeks. Wall must receive PRP (platelet-rich plasma) and viscosupplementation injections to reduce the inflammation in his left knee.
John Wall will be a game-time decision Monday night when the Washington Wizards continue their three-game road swing with a game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night at the Bradley Center. Wall, averaging 19.9 points and 9.3 assists per game this season, sat out the Wizards' 100-91 loss at Toronto on Sunday because of sore left knee. The ailment bothered him for the past week and limited him to nine points on 3-of-12 shooting in a loss to Miami on Friday. "He did wake up (Sunday) morning feeling better, not as sore," coach Scott Brooks told the Washington Post. "But it's still wait-and-see (Monday). There's a good chance, but I don't know. Overnight, you never know. But it's nothing serious. That's the most important. He's going to be fine. It's just we felt another ... 48 hours between the games would help."
With how poorly John Wall played on Friday night against the Miami Heat, it makes sense that there is a specific explanation why. Wall, who went scoreless until 5:25 remaining in the fourth quarter, says he had little mobility in his left knee due to fluid buildup. It all stems from last weekend when he was administered two IVs by the Wizards' training staff so he could play against the Atlanta Hawks.
Wall was given the fluids to combat a bad cold that was compounded by a migraine headache. They didn't settle correctly and now the fluid has collected in his left knee. Now a week later, Wall is still feeling the effects. "I could barely move out there," he said. "I was feeling like some s***."
You wouldn't have known it by John Wall's performance on Monday night against the Sacramento Kings when he dropped a game-high 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting with nine assists, but the Wizards' star point guard was playing through a good deal of pain. Not only have migraines affected him lately, but Wall also sprained his ankle in Monday's win and had his knee swell up due to fluids from the IVs he received prior to Saturday's win over the Hawks. He revealed all of that in his walkoff interview with Chris Miller on NBC Sports Washington.
Following a win, Wall was able to smile about it all, though none of it sounds fun. Wall told Chris: "I sprained my ankle today. My knee got puffy when I got the IV. The IV fluid went down there. I'm dealing with migraines. But when I come in between these lines, I can't make no excuses. I compete. I didn't want to sit out. I wanted to give these guys an opportunity to keep building on this."
Chase Hughes: John Wall is sick and considered questionable for tonight’s game. He’s not at shootaround.
July 6, 2022 | 5:48 pm EDT Update
Anthony Chiang: Victor Oladipo’s new deal with Heat has changed. Instead of previously reported one-year deal worth $11 mil, it’s now going to be two-year deal with smaller salary this season and player option in second year. Less money gives Heat more room to avoid luxury tax and potential hard cap.
July 6, 2022 | 5:10 pm EDT Update
Will Guillory: Zion Williamson said the past year has been an “emotional roller coaster” because people were questioning whether he wanted to be in New Orleans and questioning his family when they were in public. He said his focus was to stay positive and get healthy.
JD Shaw: The Pelicans have officially signed Zion Williamson to his extension. “Zion is an astounding 22-year old talent, who we believe is just scratching the surface of what he is capable of, both on and off the floor,” Pelicans EVP of basketball operations David Griffin said.