Former Kentucky star John Wall is expected to take a major step forward in his rehabilitation process in the coming weeks.
Currently recovering from a ruptured left Achilles tendon, the Washington Wizards point guard told reporters on the red carpet of the 2019 NBA Awards last night that he is just two weeks away from jogging again.
“I’m about to start jogging in like two weeks,” he said. “I’m just riding the bike, I get to do exercises standing up now. I don’t have to sit down, I’m able to move, do ladder steps, those types of things. Just taking my time, progressing, healing the right way so I don’t force myself and get another injury.”
After originally being sidelined with an Achilles injury on December 26 of this past year, Wall then underwent surgery on January 8 for a “debridement and repair of a Haglund’s deformity and a chronic Achilles tendon injury in his left heel,” per the Wizards. The former Wildcat then reportedly developed an infection in the incision from the original surgery, causing a slight setback, before slipping and falling in his home on February 5, rupturing his Achilles in the process.
The original timeframe for a return to full basketball activities was approximately 12 months, meaning we likely won’t see Wall play again until after the NBA All-Star break next February.
For a point guard known for his elite athleticism, he knows the perception of the average fan right now is that he’ll likely never return to form following the devastating injury.
Wall wants those with that opinion to know that he is using it as motivation.
“Everybody said I can’t be myself, I won’t be nowhere near as good again,” he said on Monday night. “That’s all the other stuff that’s going to fuel me. I don’t get upset about it, you’re entitled to your own opinion. Please keep it going.”
To those that know him and have supported him throughout his basketball career, he wants those individuals to know that he’s absolutely determined to return even better than what we saw before the injury.
“To my fans, you already know what time it is,” he said. “You already know I’m never satisfied. I’m so determined.”
— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) June 25, 2019