In an interview with Yahoo ! Sports at halftime of the Wizards game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night at Verizon Center, an 87-84 loss, Wall said he’s hoping to make his comeback in January.
Wall has not played all season due to a stress injury to his left patella. He was cleared to “ramp up his activity” during his last examination, on Dec. 14 by Dr. David Altchek, but has not yet been cleared to return to full practice or participate in contact activity.
Wall participates in practice mostly by putting up jump shots as he slowly increases his level of activity.
Since the start of the season, the Wizards have tried Jannero Pargo, Shaun Livingston, Jordan Crawford, A.J. Price, Shelvin Mack and Garrett Temple at the point guard spot.
Pargo and Livingston have been released, Crawford has returned to his normal shooting guard spot, Price is out with a broken hand and Mack and Temple, who played on Wednesday against Cleveland, seem to be the answer coach Randy Wittman is looking for, at least for the moment.
“They’re going to be my point guards,” Wittman said after the Cleveland game. “We had pace, we had movement, the ball didn’t stick, the ball didn’t dribble. They were thrust into a situation where I think they’ll become more and more comfortable.”
Mack got the first start of his career, and due to a minor groin strain, was on the bench in the closing seconds while Temple ran the team.
Since being let go by the Wizards, Livingston was picked up by the Cavaliers and was in uniform for Cleveland on Wednesday.
Before the game, as he was getting dressed in the visitors locker room, he called it “an odd feeling” to be back at Verizon Center so soon in the opposing locker room, but called it the business of the NBA.
Livingston did not play in Wednesday’s game.