Wittman: Wall still weeks from practicing

Wittman: Wall still weeks from practicing
December 10, 2012, 3:00 pm
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#WizardsTalk: Will Wall return?

When the Wizards learned that veteran point guard A.J. Price would miss the next 4 to 6 weeks with a broken right hand and immediately invited Ben Uzoh and Blake Ahearn for workouts, a cautionary flag was waved.

Is the stress injury to John Wall’s right knee worse than anyone originally thought?

Wizards coach Randy Wittman says no.

Wittman said Sunday’s workouts of Uzoh and Ahearn, which apparently yielded little more than a passing interest, had nothing to do with Wall’s progress, or lack thereof.

“We’re going to look at a lot of different things,” Wittman said. “John’s bearing doesn’t play with that because John’s still some weeks from getting on the floor and practicing. So if we were really strapped we’d bring someone in.”

It has now been more than 10 weeks since Wall was diagnosed with his stress injury, which was expected to keep him out of the lineup eight weeks, or until the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Wall has been seen shooting soft jumpers after practices and before games but has not yet run the floor with the bursts of speed that made him one of the NBA’s most dangerous young players in his first two seasons with the Wizards, who are 2-15 without him this season.

Wittman apparently has given up trying to figure out when he’ll see his 22-year-old star in uniform, repeatedly saying the guard is progressing at his own pace.

Apparently, Wittman thinks he can get more out of Shaun Livingston and Jordan Crawford, who are expected to play the point Tuesday night when the Wizards visit the New Orleans Hornets, than he would have with Uzoh or Ahearn.

“I have all the confidence in the world that Shaun and J.C. can move forward with this and carry us in a right manner,” Wittman said. “I do have that confidence. That’s why we’re not snapping to a quick decision on bringing somebody else in. We might want to look to bring another position in if we feel these two guys can hold it down.”

With swingman Trevor Ariza sidelined until at least the end of December with a calf strain and Trevor Booker expected to miss another week or two with a knee sprain, the Wizards may be in the market for a forward who can provide some scoring and rebounding.