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Wizards star John Wall puts in work at practice as he recovers from Achilles injury

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Washington Wizards All-Star John Wall is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season as he recovers from a torn Achilles, but the former No. 1 overall pick is already looking good on the practice court.

Wall still has a long way to go before he’s fully recovered, to be sure, and the Wizards will be cautious with their approach to his return. He underwent surgery in February. Despite this, he seemed to be able to run and cut with relative ease during a recent practice session:

“I’m great, man. Just rehabbing, working out and lifting weights. I’m shooting some jump shots, doing some ball-handling and stuff like that,” Wall told NBC Sports last month.

Though he’s looking good on the practice court, Wall — a player who has dealt with injuries in the past — says he won’t rush the process to return.

“I understand because I’ve played through injuries before that if I try to come back too soon or too fast, I could be hurt and have to start all over again. I’m not trying to go through that process again, so I’m finally taking my baby steps,” Wall said.

Wall ruptured his left Achilles’ tendon after he reportedly slipped and fell at his home in February. It was a tough break for the Wizards, as he is a key contributor for the team. Hopefully, he’ll be ready to play again sooner rather than later.