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Friday, January 4th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  26 responses

John Wall Practicing Again With the Washington Wizards


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

Washington Wizards star point guard John Wall has vowed to make his season debut this month. He took a step in the right direction yesterday, taking part in his first practice that featured contact since a stress injury to his left knee sidelined him back in September.

Though excited about the third year guard’s progress, Wizards head coach Randy Wittman isn’t about to rush him back.

Per the Washington Times and WaPo:

As he jogged off the court Thursday, Washington Wizards guard John Wall was wearing a jersey, not a T-shirt. It’s a telltale sign that he participated in practice, as opposed to doing what coach Randy Wittman likes to call “dummy” drills. Wall declined to speak with reporters, but Wittman didn’t seem to mind, especially now that he can finally say the words “John Wall” and “practice” in the same sentence. “He did some live contact today, as did Trevor [Ariza],” Wittman said. “You could see the excitement in [Wall‘s] eyes to reach that point. It was good. That’s a positive, trust me. Now we’ve got to get him in shape. That’s the main thing. He’s been out a long time.”

“We’ve got to make sure he’s in good condition,” Wittman said. “He can’t go out there and hurt himself from a calf muscle or a hamstring or something. We don’t want to set ourselves up for that.” [...] Wittman mentioned the need for Wall to regain his conditioning and strength, but Wall’s teammates were much more encouraged by what they saw from the former No. 1 overall pick. “He’s still the same player. Fast. Aggressive. He looked good. Looked like his old self,” said A.J. Price. “He was extremely active. Just talking. You could see that he really wanted it. He wanted it. And that’s always good to see, especially from your franchise player, coming back off injury, to show how enthused he was to be back out there and how aggressive he approached the situation.”

At 4-26, the Washington Wizards are the NBA’s worst team, and going nowhere fast. But with John Wall getting healthier, a very mild sense of optimism among the fanbase would be justified.

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  • Redd

    It’s on him to learn from others. Go to Van Gundy and ask him to try to give pointers, humble himself. Also AI is with Reebok, get help from him too. Idc what Gundy says, he needs to simply mature and every off-season work on something specific.

  • roscoe

    i agree with you, but i think the organization is responsible for surrounding j-dub w/ professionals committed to winning… this past off-season was a start (i.e. Nene), but they have a ways to go.

  • Redd

    Exactly they haven’t surrounded him with those people who both will play hard and teach him so he needs to go out and seek it.

  • KipSmithers

    Good to here.

  • zogs19994

    JOHN WALL = MVP “POTENTIAL”

  • G

    It all starts with the top of the organization. They need it be surrounded with players that are committed to playing hard and winning but the organization as a whole needs to be restructured not just the players on the team. The gm Ernie Grunfield had made move that has set this team back for years and the coach Randy Whitman is not the best possible coach on the market right now. learn from prosperous organizations like the clippers and lakers or even a up n coming team like Brooklyn you have to spend money in this league to be successful. not everyone can be Oklahoma City and luck up and get 3 all stars in the draft which is his plan. But when you waste draft picks on people like jan vesley you lose the team

  • JM

    Sure, but only if … He learns to shoot, he stops being the worst three point shooting guard in the league, he learns to play at more than one speed, he cuts down his turnovers, he stops celebrating dunks in blowout losses and he comes close to making the playoffs.

    Wall will be lucky to be an all star in his career, let alone MVP.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    cmon, he even aint no kyrie irving

  • BigWiz

    http://www.fireerniegrunfeld.com/?m=1. This is a actual website made by fans. Things need to be done to help this organization

  • candlewood jay

    **hear

  • macaroni

    Yesss I can’t wait to see john wall back in action in the summer league!! Lol Nah but really hope he stays healthy.

  • AQWORD

    lol. Never mind Scottie Pippen

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    bazinga!

  • Max

    **

  • Max

    Nah, he’ll be an allstar easily.
    16-8 in his first 2 seasons is good.

  • Datkid

    shut up.

  • Datkid

    he’ll be fine. he just needs to leave the wizards

  • KipSmithers

    Oops, brainfart! Gotta love the edit button!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I don’t know about easily…Remember it’s a point guard dominated league now..in the East alone you got Rose, D-Will, Rondo, Jrue, Kemba, Kyle Lowry, Kyrie, Mario Chalmers…..I was joking about Mario

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    please no

  • Max

    Let me change my statement, He’ll be an allstar easily if, he goes to another team in one of the next few years or the Wizards get some good players. I see him averaging 20-10 with a good team.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    agreed

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    hello troll

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    never ever

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    hello person with terrible taste in comedy

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    ehhhh. makes me laugh

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