Wizards' John Wall needs Achilles surgery; out another year

Rex Christensen
February 14, 2019

Washington Wizards guard John Wall will undergo surgery to fix a ruptured Achilles tendon after slipping and falling in his home and is expected to miss approximately 12 months, the team announced Tuesday.

"Wizards guard John Wall will undergo surgery to fix a ruptured left Achilles tendon".

As the old sports saying goes, the best ability is availability, and with Wall now expected to be out 11-12 months and likely miss the entire 2019-20 season, it looks like Wall's abilities need to be called into question. The procedure, which has yet to be scheduled, will be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wisc. The surgery was a "debridement and fix of a Haglund's deformity and a chronic Achilles tendon injury". The Wizards' Director of Medical Services and Orthopedist Dr. Wiemi Douoguih diagnosed the rupture during the procedure to clean out the infection. He then slipped and fell in his home, which resulted in him suffering the injury. Wall has inflammation from the infection, which doctors must wait to subside before doing the surgery.

It's a tough break for someone so fast and agile as Wall, who is considered one of the fastest guards in the NBA, but the five-time NBA All-Star has failed to live up to both his draft status and contract due to his history of injury.

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Wall was limited to 41 games last season, mostly because of surgery on his left knee.

As already seen, that's never a guarantee.

Wall is set to make $37.8 million next season, almost double his $19.2 million salary this year.

Wall contributed 20.7 points per game to the Wizards this season in 32 matches. At 22-31, the Wizards are now 10th in the East.

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