The 2012-13 NBA regular season is nearing the halfway point, and some teams, like the Washington Wizards are just hoping to get their superstars back during the second half of the year.
John Wall, Washington's No. 1 pick in the 2010 NBA draft, has yet to play this season because of a knee injury, but could soon make his way back onto the court for the struggling franchise. It's not a matter of if in Wall's case, but when.
For more on Wall and other banged-up NBA stars, here's some of the latest injury buzz.
John Wall Preparing for January Debut
Third-year Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is preparing for a January return this season. Wall has yet to play a single minute for the Wiz in 2012-13 but should make his debut in the coming weeks according to Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix:
After practicing Thursday, Wizards guard John Wall is expected to make his season debut within the next two weeks, league sources told SI.com.
The 22-year-old has been recovering from a stress injury in his left knee.
Wall's return may not make much of a difference for Washington in the standings however. The Wizards are off to their worst start in franchise history, having won just five of their first 33 games this season.
Still, it's hard to imagine things in the nation's capital not improving with the return of the team's leading scorer and assist man from a year ago.
Raymond Felton Set to Miss London Trip
New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton has been missed in the team's rotation over the past few games since injuring his hand on Christmas Day against the Lakers.
According to Newsday's Al Iannazzone, Felton will likely miss the team's game across the pond in London this month but should return in late January to help lead the New York backcourt once his hand heals:
Once my bone heals, it's probably up to my comfort. Hopefully the bone will heal before we leave for London.
The Knicks are set to travel to London on Jan. 14 for a game against the Detroit Pistons on Jan. 17. Felton expects to be back playing sometime in late January, possibly Jan. 24 at Boston or Jan. 26 at Philadelphia. Both are divisional games for New York, which means a healthy Felton would certainly be a boost.
The veteran floor general is averaging 15.8 points and 6.3 assists this season in his first year back in the Big Apple.
Latest on Dwight Howard's Shoulder
Lakers star Dwight Howard has suffered a torn labrum and will have to miss some time according to ESPNLosAngeles.com Lakers beat writer Dave McMenamin via Twitter on Monday:
Bad news for the Lakers: Dwight suffered a torn labrum; Pau suffered a concussion; Jordan Hill has a hip injury.— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 7, 2013
Dwight Howard (torn labrum) will be out at least a week according to the Lakers. We know that time table is fluid though (think Steve Nash)— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 7, 2013
Howard had the following to say about the injury after L.A.'s loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday (via McMenamin):
I would like to play but I just want to make sure that my shoulder is good to go. I don't want to injure myself to where I'm out for the season.
Lakers fans are anything but thrilled with the team's poor start this season and now have to be even more concerned with Howard's shoulder injury. Surprisingly, things have gone from bad to worse in Hollywood.
Superman is averaging 17.3 points on 57 percent shooting from the field to go along with 12.4 rebounds per game so far this season, so a speedy recovery is the best the Lake Show can hope for at this point.
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