After practicing Thursday, Wizards guard John Wall is expected to make his season debut within the next two weeks, league sources told SI.com. Wall, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NBA draft, has been sidelined all season with a stress injury in his left patella.
Wall, 22, participated in limited drills with the team on Thursday. At 4-27, Washington is off to the worst start in franchise history but head coach Randy Wittman was clear that the team would not rush Wall back.
"This is Christmas all over for him, I'm sure, to finally reach this point," Wittman said, according to the Washington Post. "You could see the spark in his eyes. So we just got to be patient. He's got to be itching to push this as fast as he can. We got to be careful with that."
Wizards players said Wall looked good in practice.
"He's still the same player," A.J. Price told the Post. "Fast. Aggressive. He looked good. Looked like his old self. He was extremely active. Just talking. You could see that he really wanted it. And that's always good to see, especially from your franchise player, coming back off injury, to show how enthused he was to be back out there and how aggressive he approached the situation."