Dec 26, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) reacts when talking to a referee during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
(Reuters) – Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall will undergo season-ending surgery on his left heel next week and is expected to be sidelined for six to eight months, the team announced on Saturday.
Wall, who has reportedly been dealing with bone spurs in the troublesome heel for several years, sat out Washington’s loss to Chicago on Friday and the victory over Charlotte 24 hours later.
The 28-year-old five-time NBA All-Star saw a specialist about the chronic ailment and will have bone enlargements on the back of his heel removed and an Achilles tendon injury repaired.
“He’s battled this throughout the year, and we tried to manage it,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks told reporters.
“He’s done a good job of managing it certain games, and certain games it wasn’t as good. But he never, ever complained. Never complained to me.”
The announcement comes as a major blow for a Wizards team already struggling at 14-23, with Wall averaging 20.7 points and 8.7 assists in 32 games this season.
Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O’Brien
Chicago mayor calls out ‘shortage of values’ as city copes with gun violence
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. REUTERS/Jim Young/File photo
After a weekend marked by gun violence, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “there was a shortage of values” as he called on people who knew the shooters to report them.
“Don’t think for a moment people don’t know who in the neighborhood” was responsible, Emanuel said at a news conference on Monday (August 6), adding that people “have a moral responsibility to speak up.”
A violent weekend in Chicago left 12 people dead and dozens more wounded, police said.
Local media reported that 66 people were shot from 6 p.m. on Friday to midnight on Sunday and 12 of those victims died.
Police said most of the shootings are connected to gang violence in the city of about 2.7 million people, the third-largest in the United States. — Reuters
Grief amid bloodshed in Chicago
Woman embracing another woman outside of hospital (Screenshot from Reuters video)
A Chicago police official conceded that authorities are “behind the eight ball a little bit sometimes,” as the city works to combat crime amid reports that two people were killed and 28 others were wounded between midnight and 3 a.m. Sunday, in four shootings, according to Chicago police, NBC reported.
Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller told reporters on Sunday (August 5) that while murders have declined in Chicago in 2018, that does not “mean that we have got a victory.”
A spate of overnight shootings, that left multiple people wounded culminated in a chaotic scene Sunday morning at Stroger Hospital, NBC reported. — Reuters
Pistons’ Drummond to replace injured Wall in All Star Game
Jan 8, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) shoots as New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) defends during the first quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
(Reuters) – Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond will replace the injured John Wall in next month’s All Star Game, the NBA announced on Tuesday. Washington point guard Wall has been bothered by a left knee injury and will undergo surgery that is expected to sideline him for close to two months.
Drummond will now join LeBron James’ squad instead of five-time All Star Wall.
Commissioner Adam Silver chooses injury replacements from the same conference as the injured All Star. It is the second All Star berth for Drummond, who is averaging 14.7 points and an NBA-leading 15.1 rebounds this season.
Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford