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.