“I really don’t know because I’m just doing everything the doctors are telling me,” Wall said during his 18-minute all-star media availability. “I haven’t really tried to get back on the court yet so, just doing the little things. And I haven’t started running yet. So whenever I get to that point I can kind of start grasping stuff and understanding what level I’m at but right now it’s between six to eight weeks. It might be longer but I don’t know. I haven’t got to that point.”
Wall described his rehab as an exercise in monotony. In the morning, before anything else, Wall said he must start his rehab routine. Even while in Los Angeles for all-star promotional events, Wall traveled with Jesse Phillips, the team’s director of rehabilitation.
“It’s been a challenge going through the rehab process I did before but it’s fun,” Wall said. “I’m taking on all challenges to get myself back healthy so I can go out there and help the team.”
Wall said he will begin traveling with the Wizards (33-24) following the all-star break. Last week, Wall heeded doctor’s orders and took the train to New York City where the Wizards played their final game before the break so that he wouldn’t log more flight time beyond the five hours he needed to spend on a plane to get to Los Angeles.
As Wall will watch from the sideline, he hopes his teammates can continue their push. The Wizards have gone 7-2 in the games since Wall’s injury.
“They’ve been playing great. Everybody expected me to be mad or upset but that’s what you’re supposed to do when someone goes down. The next man is supposed to step up,” Wall said, referring to the team’s success without him. “So I’m happy for them. Tomas [Satoransky] has been great for us. Everybody’s been playing well. Brad [Beal] has been leading the team. It makes my job a lot easier where I don’t feel like I have any pressure to come back any earlier. And these guys keep playing the way they are, it makes my job a little easier.”
One topic of interest remains his relationship with Gortat. Friction between the two players became public when Wall tweeted an “lol” in response to Gortat’s Feb. 1 tweet in which he praised a good “team” win. In an ESPN interview, Wall described feeling taken aback by Gortat’s tweet, saying he was surprised the center placed the word team in quotations. More than a week ago, the players met face to face, but Wall was coy about the discussion.
“Yeah, we had meetings. We’re grown men,” Wall acknowledged. “We talk one on one but that’s locker room talk. It sticks in there.”
When asked how he and Gortat will move forward, Wall suggested that he will not bring conflict onto the court.
“Any problem I have with anybody or any problem I don’t have, when I go play basketball, I put it all to the side,” Wall said. “It’s not about me or him or what issue we do have or what we do solve, it’s about focusing on the game of basketball and trying to win for our team. So, all that can wait.”
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