WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards level guard John Wall may have arthroscopic surgical procedure on his left knee on Wednesday and will miss a lot of the remainder of the common season.
The Wizards introduced Tuesday that Wall would have the operation in Cleveland and timeline for his return can be decided afterward.
An individual with direct data of the damage mentioned Wall may miss six to eight weeks. That particular person spoke to The Related Press on situation of anonymity as a result of the crew didn’t launch any estimate of the size of Wall’s absence. Washington’s final regular-season sport is on April 11.
“It simply proves that he wasn’t the John that we all know,” backup guard Tomas Satoransky mentioned. “His knee was bothering him all season lengthy.”
That is the newest knee downside for the No. 1 total decide within the 2010 NBA draft out of Kentucky. Wall had surgical procedure on each of his knees earlier than final season.
Coach Scott Brooks delivered Tuesday’s information to different gamers at a shootaround.
“The message is we simply want guys to step up and take their sport up a degree. It is going to be powerful with out our greatest participant,” ahead Markieff Morris mentioned.
“By the point he comes again, we’ll be within the playoff push,” Morris mentioned, “or simply preparing for the playoffs.”
Wall is second on the Wizards in scoring this season, averaging 19.four factors, and is second within the league with 9.three assists per sport. In July, he agreed to a four-year, $170 million contract extension that begins with subsequent season.
He was chosen final week to take part in his fifth NBA All-Star sport however now’s anticipated to overlook that occasion in Los Angeles subsequent month.
The timing of the surgical procedure provides Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld an opportunity to discover a new level guard earlier than the NBA buying and selling deadline, which is Feb. Eight.
Within the meantime, reserves Satoransky and Tim Frazier determine to get extra enjoying time.
“We can’t panic about it,” Satoransky mentioned concerning the prospect of shedding Wall for a prolonged absence.
“John is the principle man, so it is at all times powerful to cowl your foremost man when he goes down,” mentioned Satoransky, who’s averaging 5 factors and a couple of.6 assists this season. “It’s totally difficult. Clearly, I like challenges, however it’s going to (imply) numerous duty.”
The Washington Put up first reported that Wall can be having a process on his knee.
He sat out Washington’s most up-to-date sport, on the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, due to a recurrence of soreness and swelling in his left knee. Earlier points with the knee led him to take a seat out 9 video games in November and December, and he bought platelet-rich plasma injections to attempt to lower down on the irritation.
The Wizards entered Tuesday, once they have been scheduled to host Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder at night time, tied for fifth within the Japanese Convention with a 27-22 report.
Led by its backcourt of Wall and Bradley Beal, a first-time All-Star decide this season, Washington misplaced within the Japanese Convention semifinals every of the previous two years.