John Wall spoke publicly for the first time in more than a month on Monday, giving an update on his injured left knee.

Wall visited with an orthopedic surgeon on Friday, receiving a third Synvisc injection and was told he can begin to increase his basketball-related activity.

“I got more like a smile on my face, a little bit,” Wall said.

Wall admitted Monday he has developed cartilage damage underneath his left patella. 

“I’m not thinking like that,” Wall said, when asked if it would be better for him to sit out the entire season. “Hopefully the time I’ve taken off and the shots I got and the treatment I’ve been getting is helping me get healthy so I can play basketball this season. You don’t want to miss a whole season. If it comes to it, you have to, but I’m trying not to think that far ahead.”

The Wizards have a 3-18 record this season without Wall.