According to the Associated Press, Washington Wizards' face of the franchise in All-Star point guard John Wall had a pair of knee surgeries on Thursday. While that sounds slightly terrifying for D.C. hoops fans, the procedures were more along the lines of precautionary to help ensure that the best player on the Wizards will be ready to hit ground running at the start of the 2016-17 NBA season.
The Wizards said, "Wall had a procedure done to excise calcific deposits in his left patella tendon to eliminate pain and help him heal. He also underwent an arthroscopic lavage on his right knee to remove loose bodies."
While the operations seem more like they were more for cleaning up the wear and tear of being a starting NBA point guard, they will however prevent Wall from representing the United States of America in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The Associated Press pointed up that Wall was one on 30 finalists vying for an Olympic roster spot.
Though Wall may have wanted to play for the United States this summer, it is more important than ever to make sure that he is at full strength for the start of the 2016-17 NBA season. Washington will have a new head coach in former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks. The Wizards finished in 10th place in the Eastern Conference Standings with a .500 41-41 record in 2015-16.
For Washington to get back into playoff contention, the Wizards will need their best player in Wall to not skip a beat in forgoing probably needed offseason knee surgery. Without Wall, the Wizards would plummet fast in the Eastern Conference hierarchy.