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John Wall goes through first practice with Wizards, coach optimistic

Dec 27, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

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After missing 26 games so far this season recovering from a knee injury, John Wall said Wednesday that he hopes to be back on the court next month.

That became a step closer to reality on Thursday when Wall went through his first practice with the team, reports CSNWashington.com. It was a non-contact, no defense practice but still, he was on the court running drills.

Wizards coach Randy Wittman was understandably excited at the idea of getting Wall back in January, a player who might help his moribund offense.

“God, I hope so,” Wittman said Thursday after watching Wall participate in his first “dummy” practice with the Wizards, in which defenders are not used on the court.

“I’m glad he’s thinking that. He did dummy with us today with the group for the first time. That’s a step forward. Obviously, no contact yet, but he did full speed up and down with the dummy stuff we ran and that’s the first time he’s done that with the team. That’s a step in that direction.”

Both Wall and Wittman need to be patient here — this season is lost. At 3-22 they are not making a run to the playoffs. There is no pressure, so make sure he is 100 percent before he steps on the court.

But it would be good to see him back on the court. And the Wizards want that because this summer they want to offer him an extension to his rookie contract or not. His play when he returns this season will have a big say in that.

  1. husky2score - Dec 27, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    I am not a basketball fan, but I have heard enough about the Wizards this year to know that it won’t make a difference if he practices with dummies or not.

  2. dysraw1 - Dec 27, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    best wishes

  3. tomtravis76 - Dec 27, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    The Wiz v Cavs game last night was the most awful live pro game I have ever attended. The score might have been close but the game was terrible, you would have thought it was a NBA summer league game.

    Wall needs to come back, not because he is some savior, but because he needs to play and show he can be a foundation piece for the team.Wall has alot to prove in this league, he might be fast, but can he be a leader? Can he be a tone setter? Can he be a PG that knows how to get guys involved, how to take over a game? He doesn’t deserve a huge contract because the media has built him up. Would any GM right now say, yeah I want to build my team around John Wall? There is too much talent in the league comparable to his skill set as it is now to give him a big deal.

    The scouting department with the Wiz needs to go along with the GM. Vesly is turning into garbage. The guy made Luke Walton look like an All Star player. Vesly is scared of contact. He rolls away from the basket on pick and rolls never wanting the ball. He never looks for a player to box out when a shot goes up, and when he is defending he keeps his hands at his sides never once keeping them up to block the passing lanes.

    The Wizards have tried almost every route in building a team. Management had beter hope KD really wants to come back to DC soon. And they should have got Beasely in the off season, at least he is not afraid to put shots up.

    • dko83 - Dec 28, 2012 at 1:00 AM

      Well said, sir. I echo a lot of these sentiments. Beasley on the Wizards though makes me cringe. Now that I think about it.. It’s just Beasley in general that makes me cringe.

      • tomtravis76 - Dec 28, 2012 at 8:05 AM

        I just think that maybe having Beasley home, he would be a different player. They guy has talent. He has a smooth, fluid game that just comes naturally to him.At 6’10 his court awarness and natural knowledge of the game is excellent. The issue with Beasely really is mental, he still acts childish. The guy jokes too much. He has never had a dominant male figure in his life to set him straight, and would that happen in DC, doubt it, but he would be around the area that he grew up in, and a sense of “home” might create stability in his mind, something that he hasn’t really had since grade school. But DC is “home” for him.

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