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NBA News: John Wall Injury Hurts Wizards' Chances Of Good Season Start

By Jason Van Hoven, Posted: 09/28/12 04:41PM EDT
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Wall hopes to lead Washington to an upset win.(Photo : Creative Commons)

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall will miss the rest of training camp and at least the first month of the regular season because of a non-traumatic stress injury to his left patella, according to an announcement that the team made on Friday.

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Luckily, the Wizards said that the 2010 No. 1 overall draft pick won't need surgery, but he will begin rehab immediately so as to make as early a return as possible. Nevertheless, without Wall, Washington will most likely have trouble getting off to a good start to the season and redeeming itself from a 20-46 record last season.

"My teammates and I are all excited to build on the improvement we made at the end of last season, and I know they will continue to make great progress while I get through this setback," said Wall in a statement. "I will work extremely hard to make sure I get back as soon as possible so I can re-join them and help our team continue to improve." 

A.J. Price and Shelvin Mack are the only other point guards on the roster that can replace Wall. Training camp, which starts for the Wizards on Tuesday at George Mason University, will determine who of the two will open the season on Oct. 30 in Cleveland against the Cavaliers as the starter.

"We're all disappointed for John after how hard he worked this summer and how excited he was to begin training camp, but we feel fortunate that we caught the injury early and that he will be able to return with the vast majority of the season still in front of us," said team President Ernie Grunfeld in a statement. "In the meantime, we're confident that the versatility and depth of our team will help us move forward and continue the positive momentum that we've seen over the past several months." 

In all 66 games last season, Wall averaged 16.3 points and 8.0 assists for Washington.


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