John Wall checked another box in his long recovery back from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Monday, as the five-time All-Star participated in several parts of the Wizards' practice.
Wall did their pre-practice warmup routine and then ran through five-on-zero drills. Afterwards, Wall went through a shooting routine by himself with assistant coaches.
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Wall was on the court during the five-on-zero drills going through plays with the first unit including Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the other starters. He also played alongside Tomas Satoransky at times.
Satoransky is currently his replacement in the starting lineup. Satoransky and Wall played together, switching back between point and shooting guard, and Satoransky also played some at small forward.
There was no defense, no contact and nothing off script. But Wall was out there and by all accounts came out of it fine after 30-35 minutes of work.
"He went hard and looked great," head coach Scott Brooks said. "He was a little winded, but that was expected."
Wall will continue to do on-court work throughout the week away from his teammates, as with a back-to-back set for Tuesday and Wednesday the Wizards will not practice again until Friday. Wall is on track to potentially practice for the first time on Friday if the next few days go okay.
The next steps for Wall to clear include working his way up to five-on-five scrimmages and getting cleared for contact. After that, he will be ready to return to game action once cleared by the Wizards' medical staff.
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On Monday morning, I detailed the different factors in play for after Wall returns, how he may not have a ton of games to play before the postseason begins. Brooks, however, is not worried about a specific number.
"Whatever he can do, we're all going to live with that," he said.
Brooks went on to describe why Wall is not like other NBA players. There is reason to believe he will need less games to work his way into shape than others would.
"A guy that's dynamic like John, not a lot [of games]. He's unique," Brooks said. "He can play through a lot of things. He can not touch a basketball for five straight weeks and come out and make shots and dribble the ball like he sleeps with it. He just has that type of skillset, that type of talent. A lot of players can't do that."
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