But Kevin Seraphin, who has averaged 17.5 points in two games since returning from a strained right calf, said he wouldn’t be surprised if Wall came back sooner than expected.
“During my rehab he was with me every day, every time,” Seraphin said. “I know he put some hard work in it, too. Because he’s trying to come back fast, like I did. I was supposed to come back in five weeks and I come back in three weeks. He has to keep going. I know he’s working hard.”
Wittman has kept Wall and Nene — who has been out since August with plantar fasciitis in his left foot — around the team throughout the preseason and regular season. Wall has been offering support for his teammates on the bench, serving as a pseudo assistant coach.
He has also been in rookie Bradley Beal’s ear, advising him on how to be assertive and finding better shots. During the Wizards’ 100-94 overtime loss at the Boston Celtics, Wall told Beal that he would have an open shot if he kept his dribble as he comes off screens.
“Soon after, I hit a shot off a re-screen,” Beal said. “It’s all those little things. He’s helping me see the floor, so to speak, from his perspective and what he would do in certain situations. Him and [assistant coach] Sam [Cassell] always tell me to keep surveying the floor and always looking for me to be in attack mode.”
Wall had taken the initiative to assume more of a leadership role this offseason, asking his teammates to arrive in Washington no later than Sept. 17, so that they could play pickup games, get acclimated to Wittman’s system and develop some chemistry before training camp. Now, he has to patiently wait for his chance to contribute on the floor with them. He still maintains high expectations for what he and the Wizards can accomplish this season.
“I don’t like to tell my goals. I like to kind of keep them to myself,” Wall said. “I think we are a very deep team. We got a lot of veteran guys and a lot of young guys that grew up and understand what it takes to win and lose in this game, and how hard you got to compete every night. We’ve been competing. . . . We’ve been giving ourselves a chance to win.”