While John Wall has been out of the spotlight for the past few seasons, Thomas Bryant is certain that when he returns, he will be better than ever before.
In an interview with ESPN Insider Jordan Schultz on Instagram live on Sunday, the Wizards’ starting center discussed his time in the bubble, his journey as a young player in the NBA and his hopes for himself and his teammates next year, including Wall who is expected to return for the 2020-2021 season.
When asked how he expects Wall will play once he returns, Bryant said, “The J-Wall that guys have seen throughout the playoffs and all that – he’s going to be better than that. We haven’t gotten the best J-Wall, and that’s another scary thing because he’s going to be way better than he was before. I’ve seen the work. I’ve seen his workouts. I know his passion, his mindset. And he has something to prove as well.”
Wall has not appeared in a Wizards game since Dec. 26, 2018 after needing season-ending surgery for bone spurs in his left heel. While working his way back from the first surgery, he then tore his Achilles tendon and needed another operation, which sidelined him for the 2019-2020 season.
Before the Wizards left for the bubble this summer, Wall said he was 110% but decided not to play and use the time to prepare for next year.
In recent months, Wall has given fans a glimpse into his recovery and has posted videos of him jumping out of the gym and doing crazy workouts. If those videos aren’t enough proof, Bryant vouches that Wall will be back soon and better than ever.