Washington Wizards point guard John Wall figures there is no way he will miss the entire season. Still, he said there’s only “a 50-50 chance” his injured left knee will respond well when swelling subsides, which he hopes will happen later this week.
“I’m still waiting for my pain and swelling to go down to see what I can do on the court, but just trying to stay strong,” Wall said Monday.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft visited a doctor in New York on Friday, getting a lubricating injection in the knee — and what Wall called “good news” about being able to ramp up his recovery work.
“I’ve got more of a smile on my face, a little bit,” Wall said with a slight twinge of his upper lip that wouldn’t be mistaken for a smile.
There hasn’t been much to laugh about this season for the NBA-worst Wizards, who are 3-18 heading into their game against the visiting Atlanta Hawks tonight. Wall hasn’t participated in a full practice, let alone played in a game, this season. The swelling in his knee prevents him from testing it.
Coach Randy Wittman said he speaks with Wall every day, trying to keep up the young point guard’s spirits.
Stoudemire to practice
Carmelo Anthony missed his second straight game Monday with a sprained left ankle, while New York Knicks teammate Amare Stoudemire moved closer to returning. Stoudemire has been out all season after left knee surgery. Coach Mike Woodson says Stoudemire has been cleared to practice and will work out with the Knicks’ NBA Development League affiliate this week. Woodson didn’t know if Stoudemire could play this week on the Knicks’ homestand, saying he wouldn’t rush the veteran forward. Anthony was hurt last Thursday in a victory over the Lakers.