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Wizards star John Wall reveals what he’s ‘trying to get to’ before playing again

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Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall won’t play this season as he recovers from his Achilles tear.

Speaking to Wizards reporters on Thursday, Wall said there’s a few things he has to get to before he can play at full speed again, via Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington.

John Wall is pleased with his progress so far. He has been seen doing all sorts of basketball activities in social media videos from dunking to running, to playing in scrimmages. But he insists he isn’t all the way back yet, despite how healthy he may look in those clips.

“I’ll find my way when the time is right,” he said. “The power and the strength and the adrenaline and the stamina; I don’t have that yet. That’s what I’m trying to get to.”

No one inside the Wizards organization has an issue with Wall sitting out the season. In fact, they preferred it from the beginning.

Wall played in 32 games in 2018-19 before undergoing his season-ending heel surgery. He then fell at his house and tore his Achilles tendon.

The former No. 1 overall pick out of Kentucky averaged 20.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game in 2018-19, all while shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 30.2 percent from beyond the arc and 69.7 percent from the free throw line.

Wall signed a four-year, $170 million contract extension (Designated Veteran Player Extension) with the Wizards in the summer of 2017. That contract kicked in this season.

John Wall has career averages of 19.0 points and 9.2 assists in 573 games with the Wizards. Washington signed Wall’s backcourt running mate Bradley Beal to an extension before this season started.