For the first time since late September, John Wall is participating in limited-contact drills with his teammates. Wall injured his left patella below his kneecap and was originally expected to return to the court in late November, but the injury was more serious than previously thought.
However, after receiving his third Synvisc shot in mid-December, the healing process has been been dramatically expedited.
“This is Christmas all over for him, I'm sure, to finally reach this point,” coach Randy Wittman said. “You could see the spark in his eyes — finally. So we just got to be patient. He’s got to be itching to push this as fast as he can. We got to be careful with that.”
After practice, his teammate, A.J. Price said, “He’s still the same player. Fast. Aggressive. He looked good. Looked like his old self. He was extremely active. Just talking. You could see that he really wanted it. He wanted it. And that’s always good to see, especially from your franchise player, coming back off injury, to show how enthused he was to be back out there and how aggressive he approached the situation.”
Last year Wall averaged 16 ppg and 8 apg, but if the Wizards are going to turn their franchise around – they not only need a healthy Wall – but a better one.John Wall Participating in Limited-Contact Drills