The encouraging signs for the Washington Wizards and guard John Wall continue as he travels the injury-rehab trail.
Wall, who has been out since Jan. 31 after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, took part in several parts of the team's practice yesterday. According to Chase Hughes of NBCSportsWashington.com, Wall participated in pre-practice warmups and ran through five-on-zero drills. After that, Wall went through a shooting routine by himself with Wizards assistant coaches:
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.
Last week, Wall worked out on the floor in Miami about a half-hour before the Wizards visited the Heat on Saturday night. He's done some courtwork in the past as part of his ongoing recovery from knee surgery, and this session was a continuation of the process. Wall took some jumpers and free throws, plus some layup drills that required him jumping off of both feet.
Wall also went through some low-impact shooting drill workouts last week, too.