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John Wall could start physical activity Tuesday, but don’t expect him back soon

Dec 17, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

There is not a lot of patience around the return of John Wall in Washington. That happens when the team’s best player missed the first quarter of the season and the team is 3-18.

Wall has been cleared to “ramp up” his physical activity, but that did not mean just stepping into practice on Monday — he told he wants to wait for the swelling to go down.

When the swelling goes down he works out and… is there pain?

“That’s a 50-50 chance you got,” Wall said. “You never know how it’s going to go. Hopefully, it heals the right way and I’ve been doing the right things I’m supposed to do, just rest, do my exercises, try to stay in shape as best as possible without going out and injuring myself and hurting myself for the rest of my career. I want to be out there and play basketball with my teammates, but I just got to make sure I’m fully healthy to do that.”

That make you feel optimistic, Wizards fans?

Wizards coach Randy Wittman thinks more physical activity could start Tuesday. Wall thinks he will be back this season, I expect the same although my guess is it is will be well into 2013.

And Wizards fans, then you can start thinking about if and what kind of extension your team should offer Wall this summer (or should they wait a year and risk him becoming a restricted free agent)?

  1. yousuxxors - Dec 17, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Him and harden would of been 1000 times better to watch than lin/harden.

    • jimmygrahamchrisivory - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:25 AM

      Honestly, it would’ve been about the same. When Lin gets the opportunity to put up a decent amount of shot attempts like 15-20 and be efficient, he’s just as good as Wall and any other top PG in the league. Maybe Wall has a higher long term ceiling than Lin, but it’s not like Lin is that much older. Tonight vs NY he proved can be a borderline AS player if he just get the opportunities to show it.

      You also have to consider the coaching in Washington and Houston, as well as the supporting cast. The only player that has done anything in Washington so far this season is Jordan Crawford. Okafor, Ariza, and Nene haven’t done much of anything while Parsons, Asik, and Paterson have been very good role players. I don’t think that would’ve been a good environment for Harden to succeed in since losing would’ve been the norm there.

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