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John Wall on schedule with knee rehab but makes no promises to be ready by season opener

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Throughout the offseason, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has heard the same question.

How are the knees doing?

So on Saturday at his third annual John Wall Family Foundation Back to School Block Party, he came ready with answers.

However, a cautious Wall opted for preaching patience over making promises as he forecast his return to full health.

“I’m right where I’m supposed to be, but I’m not in no rush,” Wall told reporters at the event at Malcolm X Elementary School in Southeast Washington. “I’m just taking it day by day and just hopeful that I’m ready for the opening of the season.”

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Wall, who underwent surgery on both knees right after the Wizards’ 2015-16 season ended, echoed a similar prognosis from May.

Though Wall had a slight procedure on his right knee — loose particles removed — the surgery on his left knee was far more serious and could have sidelined him for several months had it been done during the season.

With training camp looming in October, Wall said he can now run, jump and endure two-a-day workouts but has not yet been cleared to play one-on-one. The Wizards will open the regular season Oct. 27  on the road against the Atlanta Hawks.

“I’m doing all that right now, working out and doing all that type of things, but I’m not in no rush,” Wall repeated. “I’m very excited to be back on the court because I will tell you sitting on the table all day and doing those boring exercises is no fun. Six hours out of the day, it’s the frustrating part in this.”

Wall plans to travel to Los Angeles on Sunday to meet teammates for an unofficial minicamp. Though it’s unclear what Wall will be physically capable to do during the four-day camp, he will likely continue his careful approach.

“A lot of people keep asking me the same question every day, but I enjoy it. It’s another challenge I have to take, but I’m willing to conquer [it] and do whatever I have to do to prepare myself and come back 100 percent and have a better season than what I had last year,” Wall said. “It’s all up to me. . . . I’m doing two times a day, attacking it the best way I can, and I’m attacking like I’m playing in a basketball game. That’s trying to do the best I can and getting stronger and making sure I don’t have the same problems later down the road in my career. So I think I’ll be fine.”

Also, Wall offered his insight on the Wizards’ offseason moves while emphasizing the importance of staying healthy along with back-court mate Bradley Beal.

“We’re going to be fine. I think the main thing with us is if me and Brad stay healthy, we’ll be all right,” Wall said.

“We dealt with a lot of injuries. That’s the main kick to our team. Your two best players can’t deal with injuries, and the last couple of years, our team has always had injuries,” Wall continued. “We got to come into the season and try to stay healthy. If you stay healthy, you give yourself a better chance to win and not have to switch up lineups. But I think we did a great job of adding some pieces, but I think we have an opportunity to add one more piece.”

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