While Wizards majority owner Ted Leonsis is optimistic about John Wall being "ahead of schedule" after surgeries on both knees a month ago, the All-Star point guard is being more guarded about his ability to join the team for training camp and preseason in 3-4 months.
"They're doing great. I'm rehabbing every day for like three hours, sometimes like two times a day," said Wall, after receiving the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for the the 2015-16 season at Bright Beginnings Inc., a charity that helps children who live in shelters. "I'm in no rush. It's a long summer. Training camp is important to me. Preseason is important but my health is more important for the regular season so I'm going to take as much time as I need to."
Wall had complained about knee discomfort since the fourth game of the season then bruised the right one badly by December. On May 5, he had bone spurs shaved down in his left knee and loose particles removed from the right one.
He still logged career highs in points (19.9), assists (10.2) and rebounds (4.6). He led the conference in double-doubles with 49 -- 37 more than the All-Star backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors -- but the Wizards missed the postseason for the first time in three years with a 41-41 record.
"I just wanted to feel comfortable. I just wanted to feel like myself," said Wall, who isn't cleared for basketball activities. "Playing with it for the last three years, it was getting worse and worse. I was like it's time for me to come back healthy."
Leonsis attended the event Thursday and didn't appear concerned about Wall's availability for 2016-17. He thinks all signs look good for his point guard to be even better enerting his seventh season.
"I think John is ahead of schedule. He feels great. He's not in any pain," Leonsis said. "He's working exactly on the plan they put forth for him for rehab."
Wall sat out the last five games of the regular season after his right knee ballooned after a workout.