Washington Wizards star John Wall does not want to miss the 2019-20 NBA season after rupturing his Achilles in February.
Wall – a five-time All-Star – is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon suffered earlier this year after he underwent left heel surgery in January.
The 28-year-old is facing a significant period on the sidelines but the Wizards guard wants to return as soon as possible.
"No I'm not willing to," Wall said, when asked if he was willing to sit out all of next season. "But that's what the doctors say, that's what the team says. So I'm fine listening to them [the team] and not trying to do my own thing."
Wall averaged 20.7 points and 8.7 assists per game through 32 appearances in 2018-19. While he was once known as the fastest player in basketball, his pace has slowed significantly in recent years. He is working to get back into top shape, though.
"Me right now, I don't know. I don't know where I'm at," Wall said when responding to how his recovery is going. "I feel great. I've been jogging the last couple days, I've been on the court doing basketball workouts, I'm doing weightlifting every day.
"So, I don't know where I'm at. I don't want to lie to you guys.I always try to be honest with y'all. I don't know exactly where I'm at, but I know I'm making progress and I'm headed where I'm supposed to be. But I'm not rushing myself back."
The Wizards struggled without Wall and missed the playoffs last season, posting a 32-50 record. But in his absence, Bradley Beal blossomed and put together a career year.
Beal averaged career highs in points (25.6), rebounds (5.0) and assists per game (5.5). Washington have offered the 26-year-old guard a three-year, $111million max extension, but he has not accepted yet and garnered trade interest from multiple teams.
Wall thinks Beal will remain with the Wizards though.
"Brad's a very smart guy. He's going to make the best decision for himself and the organisation," Wall said. "He enjoys D.C. I mean, he won the Community Assist Award for all the things he did here. He loves playing with me."
Wall is owed $170m over the next four seasons.
|Kawhi Leonard: Key to Clippers victory was slowing down Luka Doncic|
|Kawhi and Clippers overcome Doncic´s Mavs in Dallas|
|Jeter and Walker voted into Baseball Hall of Fame|
|Williamson relishing NBA debut as draft top pick prepares for Pelicans bow|
|Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. undergoes core muscle surgery|
|Chris Paul won´t waive $44.2m player option for trade to contender|
|LeBron James says Lakers´ defeat to Celtics was ´an old-fashioned butt whooping´|
|Lakers humbled in Boston, Simmons and Lillard star in victories|
|Brown brands Simmons ´ridiculously dominant´ after brilliant display for 76ers|
|Shanahan optimistic over Coleman´s ´Lethal Weapon-type´ shoulder injury|
|Tennessee DC Pees retires as Mariota thanks Titans for opportunity|
|Ryan Tannehill replaces Patrick Mahomes in Pro Bowl after AFC Championship Game loss|
|Tom Brady ´open-minded´ as Patriots great nears free agency|
|Super Bowl window still open for Packers, says Rodgers|
|49ers star Mostert addresses ´doubters and naysayers´ after punishing Packers|
|Jokic double-double not enough for Nuggets, Spurs sink Heat|
|Mostert stars as fast-starting 49ers beat Packers to secure Super Bowl spot|
|´I f****** love you!´ – Kelce lauds Chiefs hero Mahomes after sealing Super Bowl berth|
|Mahomes inspires Chiefs to AFC Championship and Super Bowl return|
|Chiefs QB Mahomes scores stunning 27-yard rushing TD in AFC Championship Game|
|Antetokounmpo: Bucks must continue improving|
|Bucks and LeBron´s Lakers soar, 76ers end road skid|
|Astros will be in World Series again – Altuve bullish after sign-stealing scandal|
|Odell Beckham Jr. has arrest warrant rescinded, says attorney|
|NFL playoffs: Who will win Super Bowl LIV?|
|Joe Judge praises ´great teacher´ Jason Garrett after New York Giants move|
|Mavs fans must appreciate ´walking bucket´ Doncic - Melo|
|Doncic lifts Mavericks, Hawks end San Antonio wait|
|If it´s harsh, stay the f*** out – Kyrie Irving defends his leadership|
|It is Brandon Ingram time now - Ball hails Pels forward ahead of Zion return|
|Giants hire Nakken as MLB´s first full-time female coach|
|Giannis lifts Bucks past Celtics, Ingram´s 49 helps snap Jazz´s 10-game winning streak|
|Springer, Astros settle on one-year deal|
|Kittle feeling ´fabulous´ despite ankle issue ahead of NFC Championship Game|
|Mets manager Carlos Beltran leaves before a single game amid sign-stealing scandal|
|Police issue arrest warrant for Odell Beckham Jr. on simple battery charge|
|LeBron James ´happy as hell´ for Markelle Fultz after triple-double|
|NFL Championship Games Bullet Points: Five must-know stats previewing each game|
|Doncic numbers ´hard to fathom´ for gleeful Mavs coach Carlisle|
|Magic end Lakers´ streak, Rockets lose|
|Doncic makes NBA history with triple-double|
|´I´m trying to win a f****** title´ – 76ers star Joel Embiid|
|Five things to look out for in Zion Williamson´s NBA debut|
|Zion Williamson expected to make NBA bow on January 22 against Spurs|
|Golden Knights fire Gallant & replace him with DeBoer|
|Cardinals WR Fitzgerald to return for 17th NFL season|
|Leonard preaches patience in Clippers´ title bid|
|Klay Thompson upbeat over ACL recovery, but staying patient|
|Giannis stars for streaking Bucks, Kawhi scores 43|
|Red Sox part with manager Cora amid sign-stealing investigation|
|Panthers LB Kuechly announces shock retirement from NFL|
|Lakers star Davis ´getting closer´ to return|
|Shurmur joins Broncos as offensive co-ordinator after Giants sacking|
|Former Chargers star Gates retires from NFL|
|Joe Burrow revels in fulfilment of childhood dream|
|LeBron leads Lakers to ninth straight win, Celtics cruise|
|Hinch ´deeply sorry´ for not stopping Astros´ sign stealing|
|Browns officially hire Stefanski as head coach|
|Astros fire GM and manager after duo are banned by MLB|
|John DeFilippo out as Jacksonville Jaguars OC|
|Rivers frustrated by ejection in Clippers´ Denver defeat|
|It feels like 2012 - Pete Carroll vows it´s just the start for beaten Seattle Seahawks|
|Texans QB Watson stands by coach O´Brien after stunning collapse|
|Nuggets top Kawhi´s Clippers, Irving returns|
|He carried us on offense – Rodgers lauds Adams|
|Packers hold off Seahawks to reach NFC Championship Game|
|Nets star Irving: I really missed basketball|
|Saints coach Payton expects Brees to play in 2020|
|Kelce: Mahomes proved he´s the NFL´s best QB in Chiefs comeback|
|Chiefs through to AFC title game after scoring 41 unanswered points in incredible comeback|