David Wright has been shut down with an intercostal strain and was expected to miss several weeks, including Opening Day. Terry Collins is more optimistic than that, however, with Mike Puma of the New York Post reporting that Collins is “confident” that Wright will be ready for Opening Day. Obviously it’s more important that he’s…
Wizards guard John Wall had surgery on both knees Thursday morning, the team announced in a press release. Before going in for the procedures, he made a video explaining the situation to fans and asking for their prayers.
If Wall seemed nervous in the video, it's because he'd never needed surgery before in his career. Not even for the broken hand that knocked him out of the 2015 playoffs.
For an athlete's first surgical experience to involve both knees had to be unnerving.
The three-time All-Star had bone spurs interfering with the patellar tendon removed from his left knee, while his right knee required a more routine athroscopic procedure to remove debris from the joint.
He will rehab the knees over the summer and is expected to be ready by the start of the 2016-17 season, according to the Wizards.
And if Wall is right that his troublesome knee has hampered him on the court for the last few seasons, he should be better than ever next year. That's good news for everyone.
Although John Wall still was a long-shot to make the 2016 Rio Olympics for USA Basketball, even with Chris Paul recusing himself from the team, it's certain he won't be an option to participate after Monday's surgeries to both knees and the now Wizards will consider a plan to preserve him during 82-game seasons, persons with knowledge of the situation told CSNmidatlantic.com.
Wall had calcium deposits, or bone spurs, removed from his left knee tendon. His right knee had to be flushed out of loose bodies that also caused him discomfort for most of the season. That was on top of soreness in both ankles, too.
Wall missed the last five games of the regular season because of right knee swelling. He is expected to be ready to play when the 2016-17 regular season begins. The Rio Games are Aug. 5-21 and Wall was listed among those in consideration for the 12-man roster though it was difficult to see him beating out the likes of Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry and Mike Conley at point guard.
Under then-coach Randy Wittman, if Wall wanted to play through pain -- and consider he put himself at risk by playing two playoff games a year ago with five broke bones in his left wrist and hand -- he'd be allowed to play. The same was true for Bradley Beal, who has had four consecutive seasons of stress reactions in his lower right leg.
In part because the Wizards have been so inconsistent and unable to put enough room between themselves and others in the playoff race, Wall doesn't get chances to rest the way other elite players tend to in season. This was part of a discussion had during exit interviews for Wall with managment, physicicans and his representatives.
During the 2014-15 season, Wall contemplated resting going into a West coast trip before the All-Star break but they were struggling and he played through it. The Wizards lost 6 of 8. After starting 6-5 in 2015-16, the Wizards were never able to get over .500 again and Wall consistently played during stretches in which he would've been better served resting.
How are these situations managed under coach Scott Brooks?
For his career, Wall averages 36 minutes per game and exactly that for the last two seasons. By comparisons to other All-Star point guards, Curry has averaged 32-34 minutes in the last two seasons and Westbrook is at 34.
Paul averages 36 for his career but he is at 34 in his last two NBA seasons, too.
Wall is entering his seventh year. He has played 82 games, 79 and 77 in each of the last three seasons.
The Redskins have signed draft pick Steven Daniels, according to a report.
Daniels, an inside linebacker, was drafted in the seventh round (232nd overall) out of Boston College. The 5 foot 11, 243-pounder amassed 82 tackles, including 16 for a loss, and an interception as a senior last season.
The four-year deal for Daniels is worth $2.581 million, including a $77,296 signing bonus, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.
Daniels is the first of Washington's seven picks to sign.
He’s expected to compete for a backup role on defense, contribute on special teams and bring some toughness to the unit, according to General Manager Scot McCloughan.
“Daniels [is] a football player,” McCloughan said this week. “Not pretty. Not going to run the fastest 40, but really tough. He has [special] teams value and brings the kind of culture I want to keep bringing in, especially late in the draft. He brings in a competitiveness and a toughness that he isn’t going to back down from anybody. You’re going to have to beat him out to get him out of here, and that’s what I want.”