At an appearance at Simon Elementary School in Southeast D.C. Friday morning, Wizards point guard John Wall made it clear how important the upcoming season was going to be for him.

"The third year is your key year," Wall said. "It makes or breaks you, what you're going to be in this league. It's a big year for me."

Year three of Wall's career is off to a disappointing start. He'll miss at least the next eight weeks with a stress injury to his left patella, the team announced Friday. Wall will not require surgery and is already undergoing rehabilitation, which will include swimming, running in the pool and bicycling.

He'll miss all of training camp, the preseason and the first three weeks of the regular season.