Wizards' John Wall facing knee surgery, could miss two months
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall could miss up to two months after he undergoes a procedure on his ailing left knee set for Wednesday, according to multiple reports.
A report from ESPN set the two-month timeline, while a Washington Post report has Wall set to miss six to eight weeks. The Post report described the operation as a clean up and noted that the 27-year-old will not play in next month's All-Star Game.
Wall's procedure is set to be performed by orthopedic surgeon Richard D. Parker of the Cleveland Clinic Marymount. Parker has previously performed two knee surgeries on Wall and also consulted with him about knee inflammation and soreness that began in November.
Wall underwent an MRI exam on his left knee Monday and then traveled to Cleveland for further examination. He previously had fluid drained from the knee and had undergone injections in hopes of alleviating the pain.
Wall missed the Wizards' win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday and was previously expected to sit out Tuesday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder as a result of the ailment.
"It's a concern but we have to trust that the doctors and everybody is going to have the best game plan for him going forward and it's always about him going forward, not about us going forward," Wizards coach Scott Brooks told reporters on Monday. "We want to make sure, not only with John but with all our guys that their career is most important.
"But right now I don't know how concerned, but we're definitely concerned that it is bothering him from time to time."
Wall is averaging 19.4 points in 37 games and ranks second in the NBA in assists per game (9.3). The Wizards enter Tuesday at 27-22, good for sixth in the Eastern Conference.
--Field Level Media