Echoing what general manager Tommy Sheppard said last week, Wizards point guard John Wall says he will not be returning in the 2019-20 regular season, no matter the fact it has been pushed back due to coronavirus and could be resumed after a months-long absence.
Wall explained his side of the story during an interview on ESPN's 'The Jump' with Rachel Nichols on Thursday afternoon. Wall was asked if the season being paused could help his chances of playing this year, given he now has more time to recover.
Wall left no doubts about that possibility.
"Nah," he said. "One of my ultimate goals is to make sure I'm fully, all the way healthy... in our best-case scenario, we're just going to wait until next season."
Wall added how he is trying to stay sharp with a basketball court and gym at his house. He posted an Instagram video the other day of him riding a Peloton exercise bike. He said he has continued to drop weight, now down to 212 (from 225) with a goal of getting to 205 or below.
Wall, though, may have the resources to stay in shape, but none of that can recreate scrimmaging and practicing with teammates.
"[Quarantine] kind of knocked [my rehab] off-balance because I'm not getting up-and-down in five-on-five and the conditioning I like to do," he said.
Wall is now 14 months removed from his surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles on Feb. 12 of last year. He is well into his recovery and past the point where most players who went through it have returned. But he and the Wizards are taking extra precaution, making sure they get his rehab right.
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