Washington Wizards guard John Wall will embark on an 11-15-month recovery after undergoing surgery on Tuesday, Feb. 12 to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon. Wall’s injury occurred after a fall in his home which can possibly force him to miss the entire 2019-20 NBA season.
Wall, who was on hand for the Wizards’ 119-106 win over Cleveland on Friday night, addressed reporters for the first time since the news of his ruptured Achilles tendon was announced. Wall, in a boot and relying on a one-leg-resting scooter, spoke on the injury and is in good spirits.
“I’m chilling and enjoying myself. Just a minor setback for an extra couple of months. Nothing to dwell on,” he said. “I guess God is telling me something: Sit down and get yourself fully healthy,” he said. “I’ve played through injuries my whole career. I know a lot of people played through injuries and probably don’t sit down. That’s one thing I don’t like to do. If it’s something that’s nagging or not broke, I want to play. I guess it kind of caught up to me.”
Wall also announced, in his recovery, he will care for his mother, Frances Pulley, who just began battling cancer, he announced. The All-Star point guard is close to his mother; he bought her a seven-bedroom home after he was drafted by Washington in 2010 and honored her in his speech while being inducted into the Kentucky Basketball Hall of Fame.
Wall also plans to finish school by taking classes to finish his degree at the University of Kentucky and spend more time with his two-month-old son, Ace.
The NBA world was rough on Wall on social media about the incident all week and he knows it. Wall is using the critics to his advantage and is using them as motivation to return to form.
“All the people that talk negative like, ‘you can’t come back from it, you not this, you not that…’ That will do nothing but motivate me even more. The same people when I was on top, you was respecting me and loving me,” he said.
Wall posted an Instagram photo of his mother after announcing the news with the caption “Live Ur Best Life !!”
Wall averaged 20.7 points and 8.2 assists in 32 games this season. He played in only 41 games last season, during which he had an operation on his left knee. Wall also had surgery on both knees in 2016.
In Wall’s absence, the Wizards traded Otto Porter Jr. and Markieff Morris prior to the 2019 NBA Trade Deadline and added Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker from Chicago.