WASHINGTON -- Several of John Wall's favorite things collided on Thursday night at the Lucky Strike bowling alley in Northwest D.C. as the Wizards hosted a charity event for local kids.
Wall likes giving back, behind around his teammates and he absolutely loves to bowl. Wall, in fact, bowls "at least three times a week" and is having a lane built inside his house. He said one of the most "miserable" parts of his injury rehab was the early going when he wasn't allowed to bowl.
Now Wall can bowl all he wants and he can even practice with the team. But his return is still expected to be months away, at the start of next season.
Wall addressed the media and explained how he has not struggled with that decision, to take a year off, despite having now not played in an NBA game for almost 14 months.
"That was my plan from the start," he said. "Just going through the whole process and seeing what my friend DeMarcus [Cousins] had gone through coming back early. They say after a year you're clear, but it takes almost a year-and-a-half to get full strength and everything back."
Wall is pleased with his progress so far. He has been seen doing all sorts of basketball activities in social media videos from dunking to running, to playing in scrimmages. But he insists he isn't all the way back yet, despite how healthy he may look in those clips.
"I'll find my way when the time is right," he said. "The power and the strength and the adrenaline and the stamina; I don't have that yet. That's what I'm trying to get to."
Wall had surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon on Feb. 12 of last year. He has not played in an NBA game since Dec. 26 of 2018, having first had a procedure to remove bone spurs in his heel.
He's had a lot of time to sit and watch and he doesn't seem to be in too much of a rush to change that, which is good news for the Wizards and their medical staff. Wall believes the Wizards may even be able to make the playoffs without him this season.
"They have a shot, maybe not an easy shot. But they have a chance," he said.
The Wizards are currently ninth in the East and three games back of the final playoff spot. They won't have Wall to help them, but he thinks they can close the gap.
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