According to John Wall, the pain in his surgically-repaired left knee is gone, and he’s targeting January for a return to the court. Per Yahoo! Sports: “My timetable is some time in January,’ Wall said. ‘The way I am feeling with no pain, working out and doing it three [days straight] and it has no pain, I’m feeling good. I feel like I am taking the right steps and I haven’t had no pain the last couple of days after workouts.’ The determining factor for clearance to play? ‘When I feel like I can run and do everything like I used to, cut, jump like I used to, run fast like I used to,’ Wall said. ‘And I feel like I am getting closer and closer to those steps.’ Wall has missed the entire season due to a stress injury to his left patella. He says he has never considered shutting it down this season. He has been living in the weight room, bulking up to 210 pounds while also strengthening his core. He expects to drop 10 pounds before his return. Wall isn’t cleared to fully practice or scrimmage, but he says his workouts have ‘ramped up.’ He added that he also has no problems cutting either. ‘I always love the game, but you respect the game more when you can’t play,’ Wall said. ‘I have never been injured before seriously. I’m watching every point guard that comes in and what they’re doing and how teams are doing against my team and what I can do when I get back.’ [...] ‘There is no reason to force myself back and re-injure myself and have another setback where I don’t start next season or I got to miss next season,” Wall said. “I’m just taking my time. If I play 20 games, I just go out there and play them. I’m not giving up on my team and they’re not giving up on me. They know I’m working hard to try to get back.’”