PHOENIX — John Wall has progressed to participating in half-court shooting and running drills with team staffers, but will not return to the end of the West Coast portion of the Washington Wizards’ five-game road trip.
The end of the team’s original timeline would be Saturday when the Wizards play the Los Angeles Clippers. The Wizards will then move on to New York for the final stop on the trip to face the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.
On Thursday, before the Wizards played the Phoenix Suns, Wall got on the court for two individual sessions. After teammates went through a morning shoot-around, Wall took shots around the arc at full speed with assistant coach Tony Brown and Steven Smith, the director of sports science, and Jesse Phillips, the director of player performance and rehabilitation, looking on among other medical staffers.
Then, an hour before tip-off, Wall worked on dribble pull-up jumpers and mimicked going around screens to get off shots.
Coach Scott Brooks said Wall could participate in a practice or shootaround “in the near future,” but the slight work on Thursday represented the next step in his recovery.
“Just getting his workout with the coaches. There some conditioning and basketball work. Just the natural progression that we have him going,” Brooks said. “He’s moving in that direction. Every day he goes and we evaluate how he feels the next day. So far, he’s checked off all the boxes. We just have to keep pushing it along.”
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