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Wall Making Progress in Rehab from Knee Surgery, Brooks Says

Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks said John Wall has made significant progress in his recovery from knee surgery, but was noncommittal about when the All-Star point guard would return to action.

Brooks said Wall not only shot around, but also did some alternating work with the starters for at least 30 minutes.

“He looked good. A little winded, but that was expected,” Brooks said to reporters after practice Monday. “He’s unique. He cannot touch a basketball for five straight weeks, [but still] come out and make shots and dribble the ball like he sleeps with it.”

Wall, who had surgeries on both knees last season, has been out since Jan. 31 after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Brooks said Monday there’s still no set timetable for Wall’s return.

“I just want him to just keep doing the work he’s doing,” he said. “Whether it’s eight games, one game, no game. I’m not going to [put] a time on it. When he’s ready to play, he’s ready to play.”

The Wizards play the Minnesota Timberwolves at home Tuesday, looking to sweep the season series after defeating the Timberwolves 92-89 in Minnesota on Nov. 28.

Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi speaks with reporters after practice at Capital One Arena in D.C. on March 12. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)
Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi speaks with reporters after practice at Capital One Arena in D.C. on March 12. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)

Wizards backup center Ian Mahinmi helped slow Timberwolves All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns, who had 20 points and 17 rebounds but also committed four turnovers. Mahinmi logged a season-high 26 minutes off the bench with four points and eight rebounds.

“I remember the bench came in and played well,” Mahinmi said of the November game. “We really didn’t score much, but defensively I was at the right place [and] had active hands.”

Mahinmi, who was a DNP-CD in Saturday’s road loss to the Miami Heat, will play Tuesday, Brooks said.

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I decided I wanted to become a better writer while attending Bowie State University and figured that writing for the school newspaper would help. I’m not sure how much it helped, but I enjoyed it so much I decided to keep on doing it, which I still thoroughly enjoy 20 years later. If I weren’t a journalist, I would coach youth basketball. Actually, I still play basketball, or at least try to play, once a week. My kryptonite is peanut butter. What makes me happy – seeing my son and two godchildren grow up. On the other hand, a bad call made by an official during a football or basketball game makes me throw up my hands and scream. Favorite foods include pancakes and scrambled eggs which I could eat 24-7. The strangest thing that’s ever happened to me, or more accurately the most painful, was when I was hit by a car on Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia. If I had the power or money to change the world, I’d make sure everyone had three meals a day. And while I don’t have a motto or favorite quote, I continue to laugh which keeps me from driving myself crazy. You can reach me several ways: Twitter @jabariwill, Instagram will_iam.ford2281 or e-mail, wford@washingtoninformer.com

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