It hasn’t gotten much publicity this offseason with the other high-profile news stories that have taken place, but John Wall underwent surgery on both knees after the Wizards missed the playoffs this season. And apparently, that surgery was more serious than initially let on, to the point where Wall can’t promise that he’ll be ready to go for the start of the regular season.
From the Washington Post‘s Candace Buckner:
“I’m right where I’m supposed to be but I’m not in no rush,” Wall told reporters at the event at Malcolm X Elementary School in Southeast Washington. “I’m just taking it day by day and just hopeful that I’m ready for the opening of the season.”
Wall, who underwent surgery on both knees at the end of the Wizards’ 2015-16 season, echoed a similar prognosis from May.
Though Wall had a slight procedure on his right knee — loose particles removed — the surgery on his left knee was far more serious and could have sidelined him for several months had it been done during the season.
With the start of training camp looming in October, Wall said he can now run, jump and endure two-a-day workouts but has not yet been cleared to play one-on-one. The Wizards will open the regular season Oct. 27 against the Atlanta Hawks.
This is concerning for the Wizards, to say the least. After a disappointing 2015-16 season that saw them miss the playoffs, Washington was hoping to get back into the postseason race. They made moves this summer including re-signing Bradley Beal and bringing in Andrew Nicholson and Ian Mahinmi. But they need Wall healthy to be seriously competitive, and while his current status isn’t cause for panic, it’s certainly not ideal.