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John Wall meets fans, plays video games

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall plays Kinect Sports 2 for the XBox 360 with customers and fans during a grand opening event at the Microsoft Store in the Pentagon City Mall. (Matt Breen/THE WASHINGTON POST)

The Washington Wizards guard heeded the caution and connected on a series of alley-oops as he played Xbox Kinect with fans for nearly 40 minutes at the new Microsoft Store in the Pentagon City Mall.

Earlier this summer, Wall said he was working on improving his jumper. It looked fine on Thursday, at least in the Kinect Sports 2 game. He jumped up and down and moved his hands in a shooting motion as his character hit shots from the opposite end of the court. In between shots, Wall refueled with ice cream from Dippin Dots.

Wall was not made available for comment.

After playing, Wall signed autographs and posed for photographs with the remaining people in line. He posed with a family, a man who had just bought an engagement ring at a nearby jewelry store and even a group of mall security guards.

Last season with the Wizards, the 21-year-old Wall averaged 16.3 points and eight assists per game. Earlier this week, he told Jim Rome that Washington is a playoff team after the acquisitions of Trevor Ariza, Bradley Beal, Emeka Okafor and Nene.

“I just want to be the savior, somebody that the whole city can lean on to make the playoffs and hopefully bring a championship there,” Wall told Rome.

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