It’s already been an interesting start for the Washington Wizards, and training camp doesn’t even begin for another 24 hours.
On Friday morning, point guard John Wall spent the morning with some school kids at Simon Elementary School. When asked why he wasn’t running and playing with the kids, Wall said that the grass was wet and he didn’t want to get hurt.
Turns out he already was.
A couple of hours later, the Wizards released the news that Wall would be out for up to eight weeks with a stress injury to his left patella.
The Wizards held a conference call on Friday with Wall, president Ernie Grunfeld and coach Randy Wittman.
Grunfeld said he would address the possibility of bringing in someone to replace Wall, depending on who was available. Wittman said Wall’s absence wouldn’t change his expectations. And Wall said that there was no guarantee that newly signed A.J. Price would be the starter.
Wall was correct. The Wizards announced on Monday, shortly before Media Day officially got underway, that they have signed guard Janero Pargo. Pargo, 33, is an undrafted 6-foot-1 guard who has played for the Lakers, Raptors, Bulls, Hawks and Hornets, and spent time overseas playing in Moscow and Greece.
Pargo appeared in 50 games for the Hawks last season and averaged 5.6 points and 1.9 assists, slightly below his career averaged of 6.5 points and 2.0 assists.
Wall stated last season that he’d love for the team to sign a veteran point guard to help teach him the ropes. Now, the team has two.
There are many burning questions facing this team now as they get ready for training camp and the preseason, which begins on Oct. 7 with a game against the Charlotte Bobcats in Charlotte.
Who will start in place of Wall? How long will Nene really be out? How will the development of Bradley Beal be hampered by Wall’s absence? How will Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza fit in with their new team? Have last season’s rookies made any real improvement? Can they really get that coveted eighth spot and sneak into the playoffs?
These questions and many others will be answered as the revamped Wizards season gets underway.