Wizards Guard John Wall Fights Off Speculation That He Could Miss Entire Season

John WallThe Wizards have moved from wondering when John Wall will return to if he will be back on the court at all this season.

Wall was expected to miss some time with a non-traumatic stress injury in his left knee, but as the season eclipsed its quarter-mark, the point guard had yet to suit up for the Wizards. He admitted Monday that he now has cartilage damage under the patella in his left knee, The Washington Post reports, prompting speculation that he may miss the entire season.

Wall fended off those questions.

“I’m not thinking like that,” Wall said. “Hopefully, the time I’ve taken off and the shots I got and the treatment I’ve been getting is helping me get healthy so I can play this season. You don’t want to miss a whole season. If it comes to it, you have to, but I’m not trying to think that far ahead.”

The Wizards have been hit hard by injuries. Trevor Ariza, Trevor Booker and A.J. Price are all out, and Nene has been on and off the court with plantar faciitis in his left foot. They entered Tuesday with the NBA’s worst record at 3-18.

Wall, 22, averaged 16.3 points, 8.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds last season. He was the first overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft.

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