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Wizards' John Wall undergoes successful surgery for torn Achilles

Wizards' John Wall undergoes successful surgery for torn Achilles

Washington Wizards guard John Wall underwent successful surgery for his ruptured left Achilles Tuesday, a source confirmed with NBC Sports Washington.

Wall informed reporters of the surgery date when he met with media members after the Wizards’ Friday night home win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The team previously announced Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, WI would perform the procedure.

Wizards team medical director Dr. Wiemi Douoguih explained in a conference call with reporters last week that the recovery timeline is between 11-15 months. The recovery timeline means Wall would miss a chunk of the 2019-20 regular season with a potential return around the 2020 NBA All-Star game.

Dr. Anderson performed another surgery on Wall’s heel on Jan. 8 to remove bone spurs with the hope that the procedure would avoid a more serious injury. The heel developed an infection following surgery and a subsequent examination by Douoguih revealed the rupture believed caused by Wall slipping and falling in his home.

Various media reports first revealed Tuesday's surgery for Wall, who averaged 20.7 points, 8.7 assists, and 3.6 rebounds in 32 games for the Wizards this season. 

Whether the five-time All-Star returns at or near such levels are among the primary questions.

“You know, there’s no way to tell,” Douoguih said. “We don’t have a whole lot of data on elite NBA point guards with tendon ruptures. John is an unusual specimen because of his talent, his abilities and the demands placed on his body. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.”

Washington is 11-11 since Wall last played Dec. 26. The Wizards fell to 24-33 overall and three games back of the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference following Monday’s 121-112 loss at Detroit. 

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Scottie Pippen: Wizards would be the team to beat in the Eastern Conference if not for injuries

Scottie Pippen: Wizards would be the team to beat in the Eastern Conference if not for injuries

Where would the Washington Wizards be if their roster wasn't plagued by injuries? It's fun to dream, but Scottie Pippen thinks they'd be not just the team to beat in the Eastern Conference, but also perhaps the team surviving the conference and rolling into the NBA Finals. 

"If Washington was healthy this season, they would be the team coming out of the East," Pippen said Friday on ESPN's The Jump.

But at this point, the revamped Wizards are just trying to make a playoff push

Ahead of last week's NBA trade deadline, Washington traded Otto Porter Jr. to the Chicago Bulls for Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis and a 2023 second-round NBA Draft pick. They also dealt Markieff Morris and a 2023 second-round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans for Wesley Johnson. The moves help keep the Wizards under the luxury tax and are, in large part, the result of John Wall's ruptured Achilles tendon, which is expected to sideline the team's star for 12 months. 

In addition to Wall, Dwight Howard has been out with a back injury, and he might not return to the court for another month. Plus, Jeff Green is day-to-day with a hip injury, and Troy Brown Jr. is expected to be out until later this month with an ankle injury.

The Wizards are three spots out of eighth place in the East and one win behind the Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. They play the Pistons on the road Monday.

Outsiders and analysts continue to try and figure out exactly the Wizards are trying to do with their recent trade deadline moves, but as Pippen explained, everything changed for them with Wall's season-ending Achilles injury. 

"I think that they realized that they missed this window of opportunity," Pippen continued on ESPN. 

"LeBron James has left the East, and we know that the Wizards always challenged him in terms of playing in the Eastern Conference Finals. But now, I feel like Porter was part of that sort of big three, and now that that window, with Wall getting hurt, has sort of vanished away from them. Now, they have to look two, three years down the road. And I think Porter, with the money he had with that salary cap, wasn’t gonna be that third piece that they need."

Wall is expected to have surgery Tuesday in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and his recovery could take 11 to 15 months — possibly all of next season. 

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John Wall to finish college during recovery from ruptured Achilles

John Wall to finish college during recovery from ruptured Achilles

John Wall is set to miss approximately the next year due to a ruptured Achilles, but the Wizards point guard isn't going to spend much of his recovery period resting.

In fact, Wall plans to head back to shool and earn his college degree.

"Spend time with my mom, my son and finish school. That's it," Wall told reporters Friday night when asked what he plans to do with his time away from basketball.

Wall only spent one academic year at the University of Kentucky before declaring for the 2010 NBA Draft, but has been taking Kentucky classes on and off ever since. With a recovery timeline of 11 to 15 months, Wall believes he can complete the necessary credits to earn his undergraduate degree.

Wall was a superstar during his lone season at Kentucky, winning the 2009-10 SEC Player of the Year award and averaging 16.6 points, 6.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game for the Wildcats. And just like his former Kentucky teammate and friend DeMarcus Cousins, Wall will undergo surgery on a ruptured Achilles this upcoming Tuesday.

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