Wall practiced with Wizards Thursday
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
Washington Wizards guard John Wall, out since Sept. 28 with a stress injury in his left knee cap, moved closer to returning by participating in limited contact drills during Thursday’s practice.
Wall, who did not speak with reporters after practice, wore his No. 2 practice jersey and also participated in other running and non-contact drills.
Washington coach Randy Wittman told reporters he was pleased with Wall’s movement.
“He’s still the same player. Fast. Aggressive. He looked good. Looked like his old self,” Wizards guard A.J. Price told The Washington Post.
There is still no precise timetable for his return, but sometime in January has been targeted by Wall and the Wizards. Wittman said Wall still needs to improve his conditioning, an issue that Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowtizki, who had knee surgery in October, is working through in limited minutes the past six games. However, the 4-26 Wizards are anxious for Wall’s return.
Wall finished second to Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin in the 2010-11 rookie of the year voting, but there was not marked improvement in Wall’s second season. Yet, Wall was impressive for the U.S. select team that trained against the U.S. Olympic team in Las Vegas in July, and he looked forward to his third season before the setback discovered in September.