The moment John Wall returned to contact practice last week, the clock officially started for his return to the basketball court. And based on Wizards owner Ted Leonsis’s latest blog entry – following Washington’s dramatic 101-99 victory over Oklahoma City on Monday night – Wall could make his season debut on Saturday when the team hosts Atlanta.
“It is possible but not quite certain, for the first time all season, that we could dress all of our players,” Leonsis wrote. “I don’t want to jinx it, but we are all hoping that is what we will see.”
Wall told Yahoo! Sports in late December that he planned on playing “some time” in January, and Saturday would be nearly one month after he was allowed to “ramp up” basketball related activities following a visit with noted orthopedic surgeon David Altchek. Wall has been working out before the past three games, taking jumpers and moving around without complications.
During a scrimmage last weekend, Wall attempted to dunk and later grabbed the rim and swung in an attempt to follow up a teammate’s shot. Wall has been sidelined since late September with a stress injury in his left patella. He has averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 assists in his first two seasons in Washington.