Before the NBA shut down due to coronavirus, Wizards players got a glimpse of what the rest of us will have to wait until the fall to see: John Wall going all-out in five-on-five scrimmages with NBA players.
Wall continues to work his way back from a ruptured Achilles, which was surgically repaired last February. Videos have reached social media of him scrimmaging, but nothing extensive has surfaced where he is playing with Bradley Beal, Rui Hachimura and the guys he will be surrounded by when he returns.
All we have of those is first-person accounts, like head coach Scott Brooks who said Wall will return as one of the best point guards in the NBA. And now Isaac Bonga, who joined the 'Wizards Talk' podcast with Chris Miller, has weighed in.
According to Bonga, we may be underestimating Wall a bit.
"I think people don't get how still crazy good John is right now. People don't get it. People don't get it. Seeing John... with us and [with] G-League [players]. It's like, man, he cannot wait. He legit can't wait to be back out there. That's what he be showing every day out there. It's crazy," Bonga said.
Bonga has also recently studied film of Wall and Beal during the 2017 playoffs, the last time Wall was truly healthy and in peak form. Brooks had Wizards players review video of those games to prepare for Wall's comeback.
Knowing full well how good Beal was playing this season, Bonga is surprised at how far he has come in such a short period of time.
"It was just crazy seeing John and Brad, like seeing how Brad was at that time and then seeing him now. The steps, like the big steps that he took is low-key mind-blowing," Bonga said. "Having those two back out there together again? It's going to be a big problem."
Wizards fans are also excited to see them back playing together. It just might be a while with the 2020-21 NBA season not expected to start until December.
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