LOS ANGELES — Washington Wizards all-star John Wall does not make predictions about his health. However, Wall can see the success of the team influencing his rehabilitation process and he can also anticipate having a healthy working relationship with teammate Marcin Gortat after the two recently met to discuss their issues.
Expected to miss six to eight weeks, Wall said it’s too early in his rehabilitation process to gauge when he will be back:
“I really don’t know because I’m just doing everything the doctors are telling me,” Wall said during his 18-minute all-star media availability. “I haven’t really tried to get back on the court yet so, just doing the little things. And I haven’t started running yet. So whenever I get to that point I can kind of start grasping stuff and understanding what level I’m at but right now it’s between six to eight weeks. It might be longer but I don’t know. I haven’t got to that point.” Wall continued on about is rehab process: “It’s been a challenge going through the rehab process I did before but it’s fun,” Wall said. “I’m taking on all challenges to get myself back healthy so I can go out there and help the team.”
As Wall will watch from the sideline, he hopes his teammates can continue their push. The Wizards have gone 7-2 in the games since Wall’s injury.
One topic of interest remains his relationship with Gortat. Friction between the two players became public when Wall tweeted an “lol” in response to Gortat’s Feb. 1 tweet in which he praised a good “team” win. In an ESPN interview, Wall described feeling taken aback by Gortat’s tweet, saying he was surprised the center placed the word team in quotations. More than a week ago, the players met face to face, but Wall was coy about the discussion.
“Yeah, we had meetings. We’re grown men,” Wall acknowledged. “We talk one on one but that’s locker room talk. It sticks in there.”