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Candace Buckner: Scott Brooks won't commit to John Wall appearing in a game this October: "To early to say if he’ll play in any preseason games."
During a lunch with Washington Post editors and reporters on Wednesday, Brooks addressed a wide range of topics including John Wall’s health. When asked if Wall would be available for the Wizards’ first training camp practice, Tuesday on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Brooks expressed uncertainty, though he didn’t appear too concerned at this point. “Don’t know that but he’s doing some one-on-one, he’s doing some three-on-three. Not really worried about that,” Brooks said. “Like all of our athletes, I want them to be ready but he’s definitely moving towards that direction.”
“I don’t like to put a timetable [on it] because if he doesn’t meet it [then] we’re saying, ‘Oh, he’s still hurt,’ ” Brooks said. “He’s improving. His body looks great [but] his conditioning is going to be behind. Once you step into an NBA practice, the level goes way up,” Brooks continued. “Especially in a training camp situation where you have guys trying to make it, guys trying to fight for minutes, trying to fight for starting jobs, but we have to make sure [about Wall] because that’s when things can go sideways. I saw him this morning for an hour, he looked great, but I don’t know -– we’ll find out soon.”
John Wall is progressing following two knee procedures this offseason, but it remains uncertain whether the Washington Wizards point guard will be ready for the regular season opener on Oct. 27. "He's working hard. Every day he's in the gym, getting his rehab on his body," coach Scott Brooks told CSN's Chris Miller Tuesday. "He's on the court, he's playing. One-on-one right now."
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