Wizards get ready to head to Brazil for preseason
In playing 30 minutes in his first preseason game since his rookie season, John Wall didn't get a chance to test himself vs. Deron Williams.
The All-Star point guard for the Brooklyn Nets was out with an ankle injury Tuesday when the Wizards fell 111-106 in overtime.
Saturday, when the Wizards face Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls in Rio de Janeiro, the competition should rise a few notches (NBATV, 5 p.m. ET). It could overshadow that its the first NBA game played in the country or that it's a homecoming for native son Nene.
"I don't think it'll be more difficult (with Rose). They're still one of the top two, top three defensive teams in the league," Wall said of the 2010-11 league MVP. "You have to worry about him going out there and scoring. He's a different type of player, a different point guard that they have."
Even though its just the preseason, Rose has something to prove as he works his way back into form after being out more than a year. He missed all of the 2012-13 season after he'd torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Wall had a scare last year. He sat out the first 33 games of the same season because of a stress reaction in his left kneecap. He didn't hit his stride until the last few months when he scored a career-high 47 points in a game.
"I saw him this summer working out. (After) 17 months you're going to be back to yourself. You have enough time to think about it," Wall said of Rose's comeback. "They said he had never lifted (weights) before with his legs. All he did was get them stronger and get it back so having a long time off an coming back when he felt like it, you can easily come back to be yourself.
"I think certain times people see certain guys go through a different process and their body heal differently and they come back in a certain amount of months. Sometimes it take a long time. He did what he had to do for himself."
Wall's backup, Eric Maynor, shares Rose's experience. When Maynor was still with the Oklahoma City Thunder, he tore his right ACL during the 2011-12 season.
"D. Rose did the right thing. Guys like that that are explosive like that -- I'm not an explosive guy that plays fast the way they play -- take your time and you come back when you ready to come back," Maynor said. "It's nothing you play with."