After two seasons of sustained health, the Wizards took a step back last year. A major reason for the decline was injuries to three players signed prior to the start of the season. Veterans Alan Anderson, Gary Neal, and Drew Gooden were signed or re-signed to bolster the Washington bench. Unfortunately the trio carried a number of medical red flags and eventually accounted for 54 percent of Washington’s games lost to injury. A flare up of Bradley Beal’s problematic lower leg added to the problem and a myriad of injuries finally caught up to John Wall prematurely ending his season.
As a result of the lofty total, the Wizards opted not to bring back head athletic trainer Eric Waters over the summer. The team will now turn to long-time assistant Corey Bennett to manage player health on a day-to-day while they continue to restructure their medical team.
The new régime is showing promise as Wall, who underwent a debridement on his left knee and an arthroscopic lavage on his right knee, successfully completed his rehab before the start of the regular season. A partial meniscus tear for center Ian Mahinmi was the only real setback of the preseason, though the team is confident they will have renewed success with a reinvigorated coaching and training staff.