Washington Wizards star John Wall has missed his fair share of games in his seven-year NBA career, including 33 during his third season.
However, he's been able to stay on the court lately and has only missed a total of 10 games the past four years.
Having missed so much time in his career, Wall knows how special it is to be able to take the court, so he will do absolutely everything he can to get into a game as long as he's not injured.
That's why, according to CSNMidAtlantic.com, Wall was annoyed by last weekend's game between the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, when the Warriors rested four healthy players. Wall, speaking generally and not calling out the Warriors specifically, said he wishes the NBA would do something about teams resting healthy players:
"That’s the difference about our league now. It’s kind of gotten a little softer," Wall said about today's NBA. "Guys sit out and rest. I understand the coach made a decision, you can’t go against what the coach said or the doctor said."
Though Wall may potentially miss Friday night's game against the Chicago Bulls with a sprained foot, if he gets the go-ahead from team doctors, he'll be out on the court.
After all, he said, he owes it to the fans who pay to see him play to give it his best shot if he's healthy:
"I'm not the type of guy who wants to sit down and rest. I think you owe it to the fans," Wall said. "They paid money to come see us play. That's how a professional goes out there and competes. If nothing is hurt, you can play go play.
"I missed games I didn’t want to miss in the past because I was injured. I make up for the time I can make up."
The Wizards will certainly do everything they can to get their star player on the court, too. Despite losing two straight games, Washington is only four games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and only 1.5 games behind the Boston Celtics for the No. 2 spot.
Having an All-Star like Wall on the court will be essential for the Wizards down the stretch. For the season, Wall is averaging 23.2 points, 10.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds a night.
As long as his sprained foot doesn't turn into something that keeps him out for an extended period of time, this Washington team has a real shot to make some noise in the Eastern Conference standings and will be a tough out come playoff time.