Candace Buckner: John Wall is undergoing surgery for his left heel today. Chasson Randle said the two have texted this morning before the procedure and Wall shared encouragement with Randle after his contract became guaranteed.
Some of this is out of his control. The whispers about Wall’s knees have been going around the NBA for years. Fewer people knew about the bone spurs that are now pressing up against his Achilles’, but he’s had those for years, too, and gone through a lot to suit up most every night he could. That should be praised.
Fred Katz: John Wall on his bone spurs: “Some days it would be great. Some days it would be terrible, couldn’t play.” pic.twitter.com/gSKg13D2RF
Chase Hughes: John Wall on who is almost certainly Stephen A. Smith: "You know who the guy is... It's like this, if you have a personal problem with me, come talk to me like a man... when you want to take things to a personal level, you can have a conversation with me 1-on-1 as a man."
Wizards guard John Wall will undergo a debridement and repair of a Haglund’s deformity and a chronic Achilles tendon injury in his left heel. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, WI, next week on a day to be determined. Wall is expected to return to full basketball activity in approximately six to eight months.
The procedure was determined to be the best course of action to relieve pain and inflammation in Wall’s heel after consultation between Dr. Anderson, Dr. David Porter of Indianapolis, IN, and Wizards Director of Medical Services and Orthopedist Dr. Wiemi Douoguih.
Fred Katz: Scott Brooks confirms John Wall is "likely" to have season-ending surgery on his left heel: "But as we speak, doctors and multiple specialists along with our doctors are confirming...And that's the news."
Fred Katz: Brooks on when he knew severity of Wall's injury: "I knew he was meeting with a specialist, and when you meet with a specialist, it's serious."
Tom Haberstroh: Am told that John Wall has a bone “spur stuck in his Achilles.” Surgery would shave down the bone spur in his heel and smooth it out.
Washington Wizards star John Wall is planning to undergo season-ending surgery to repair bone spurs in his left heel, league sources told ESPN. Wall, 28, is expected to finalize a timetable for the procedure in the coming days, sources said. Recovery could sideline the point guard for six months.
Doctors determined the procedure is necessary for Wall to remedy an issue that has bothered him for over a year. Wall met with specialist Dr. Robert Anderson on Saturday, who recommended the surgery. Wall was trying to play through the injury but it was getting worse, sources said, and opting to have the surgery now now should allow him to return healthy for the start of next season.
Albert Nahmad: Wizards have until January 15 to apply for a $9.6M Disabled Player Exception for John Wall. If granted, they could use it to acquire a player via signing (1-year only), trade (expiring only), or waiver claim (expiring only). But, at $6.5M over tax line, using it would be costly.
Bobby Marks: Some notes re: John Wall: * Insurance covers 80% of the salary or up to $275K after 41 games missed. * Washington could apply for a Disabled Player Exception worth up to $8.6M if the league deems Wall is out until 6/15.
Candace Buckner: DEVELOPING: After consulting with a foot specialist, #Wizards five-time all-star John Wall is contemplating surgery. If he does go forward with the procedure he will miss 6 to 8 months, The Post has learned.
Shams Charania: Sources: Washington Wizards guard John Wall is considering surgery on his injured left heel, which would sideline him six-to-eight months.
David Aldridge: Per source, @John Wall will see Dr. Robert Anderson, the foot specialist who is currently associate team physician for the Packers. Anderson has operated on several stars across multiple sports over the years, including @Stephen Curry, @Kevin Durant, @Cam Newton and Derek Jeter.
Candace Buckner: Scott Brooks on Wall's bone spurs injury: “I’ve been here three years and it’s been off and on but we’ve [#Wizards training staff] all been able to manage it. Two times in a row with me as a coach he’s been an all-star and he’s been an all-star three years prior to that. He’s been able to do it and sometimes there are times where he’s able to fight through and like tonight, he can’t do it.””
Fred Katz: Brooks said Wall will see the specialist "hopefully tomorrow," but did not specify a date or timetable for Wall's return. Repeated that the team will know more later.
Chase Hughes: John Wall is OUT and will see a specialist for his left heel bone spur. Markieff Morris is OUT with neck stiffness.
Fred Katz: Wall's bone spurs in his left heel starting to get particularly bad during the Wizards' loss at Cleveland on Dec. 8. He missed the Dec. 10 game at Indiana but returned to the lineup for the following one against Boston.
Fred Katz: John Wall said he's feeling well now: "Me? I'm good. I'm good now. Still a little cold, but I wasn't as bad as I was the other day. Got a lot of hydration."
Chase Hughes: John Wall is out due to illness. He will miss his third game of the season. Tomas Satoransky is starting in his place. This should help the chances Ron Baker debuts.
Candace Buckner: Looks like John Wall, who is out tonight with left heel soreness, went through a pregame workout. Notice the shooting shirt...drenched with sweat. pic.twitter.com/FFlxkAPjox
Chris Miller: No John Wall tonight vs. #Pacers (Left Heel Soreness) #WizPacers #DCFamily #NBATwitter
Fred Katz: John Wall did not practice today, per Scott Brooks. Brooks said he’s feeling better with his illness (he was under the weather yesterday and missed shootaround because of it) but sat because of the bone spurs that have been bugging him. Wall’s status is uncertain for tomorrow.
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…
June 25, 2022 | 7:06 pm EDT Update
“Their continuity wasn’t there,” Perkins said on a recent appearance on JJ Redick’s The Old Man & the Three podcast (h/t Lee Tran of Fadeaway World) about Westbrook and Durant. “No matter how much they tried to fake it to the public, their brotherhood, it never was a brotherhood. And that’s okay, right, because you don’t have to be somebody’s brother to go out there and win a championship. But it helps. They never just got on the same page.
“It was the most difficult situation that I’ve ever been in coming from a Celtics team that was so close. When I got to the Oklahoma City Thunder, it was so separated. You had Eric Maynor, Russell Westbrook and James Harden… and Daequan Cook. They had their little clique and they kicked it with each other. Then you had KD who as just by himself. He didn’t even hang with them.”
“I gave him a choice because he had a 20-minute restriction the first game,” Steve Kerr told Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner on Friday’s episode of the Point Forward podcast. “I told him this is how the minutes would play out for you if you started verses if you came off the bench. Typical Steph, he said, ‘No, it sounds way better to come off the bench. That way I don’t have to sit too long between my minutes.’ “It never even entered the equation that this would be a blow to his ego or anything.”
“Physically get right, mentally take a step back, reflect, and kind of decompress,” Udoka said about Tatum. “Get your mind right as well. Just that time away. Don’t want to bother guys as much right now, but we want to relay the message that there’s still more to build on and grow on in certain areas.”
The Spurs had Branham pegged as a “midteens pick, maybe late lottery,” said Wright, who added that the club was prepared to trade up to get him. “We were just fortunate he was there at 20,” Wright said.
June 25, 2022 | 5:45 pm EDT Update
Joe Mussatto: Sam Presti on Lu Dort’s team option: “Obviously it’s our plan to exercise that pending anything different.” Significant news. The Thunder could have declined the option to make Dort a restricted free agent.