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John Wall gives rehab update, uncertain if he'll be ready for opening night

John Wall gives rehab update, uncertain if he'll be ready for opening night

John Wall's annual school backpack giveaway to local kids through his family's foundation came with a new question. Nothing about the smiling faces walking away with gear and the memory of meeting an NBA star. Rather, this question is about the status of the Washington Wizards point guard's surgically repaired knees. 

The basic report: The forecast is sunny, but a cloud remains over whether Wall will be ready for the Oct. 27 regular season opener at Atlanta.

"Everything is going great," the point guard said as he took a break from hosting duties at Malcolm X Elementary School in the Southeast section of Washington. "I just came from the doctor. I'm right where I'm supposed to be. I'm in no rush. I'm just taking it day by day and I hope I'm ready for the opening of the season."

Wall played through pain for large chunk of the 2015-16 season as the Wizards battled for a playoff spot. As that hope faded but the pain did not, the three-time All-Star was shut down. Wall had procedures on both knees following the end of the season. Since then, there's been plenty of rehab. That part of his journey is part of an upcoming documentary about the point guard, Wall said,

"It's all up to me. I'm going two times a day. Tackling it the best way I can. I'm tackling it like the way I play in a basketball game. That's trying to do the best I can, getting stronger, making sure I don't have the same problems down the road in my career," he said. I think I'll be fine."

Wall, who walked without any kind of brace, said he's running and jumping, but still hasn't gotten back on the court. Playing one-on-one is an upcoming goal.

What's truly on deck is a second straight minicamp among the players in Los Angeles from Monday thru Thursday. Wall said he organized the event as he did last year. All teammates are expected except for international centers Marcin Gortat and Ian Mahinmi. 

Wall also played a leading role in organizing his foundation and these events, including one that took place earlier this summer in his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina,

"I don't have to do it. I'm not forced to be here," Wall said. "I do it because I love to be involved and interact with the kids. My mom raised me that way."

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

Instead of visiting the White House when they come to Washington this week to play the Wizards, the defending-champion Golden State Warriors plan to hold an event with D.C.-area kids.

Their invitation was rescinded by president Donald Trump following a back-and-forth between the two sides last year. After the Warriors won the title, they openly questioned whether they should follow the tradition given many of the players and coaches disagree with his policies. Trump took the opportunity away before they came to a final decision.

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The Warriors' event will be closed off to the media and held at an undisclosed location. It is set for Tuesday, the day before they play the Wizards at Capital One Arena. The Warriors had the option of holding a ceremony with other politicians in the Democratic party, but decided that would send the wrong message. 

"It's their championship. They got disinvited to the White House, so it's up to them what they wanted to do. So they made their plans," coach Steve Kerr said. "I want the players to have a good day and to do something positive and to enjoy what they're doing."

The Warriors are the first NBA team to make this choice since Trump was elected president. Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers held their celebration with president Barack Obama in November. They did so just days after Trump was elected and LeBron James questioned at the time whether he would visit the White House with Trump in office.

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Sports teams visiting the White House goes back to the mid-1800s. The first World Series title team to visit was the 1924 Washington Senators. By the 1960s, NBA teams were going and by the 1980s NFL and NHL teams made it a tradition.

Entire teams snubbing the White House is unusual, but many players have turned down the opportunity. In the NBA, some famous cases include Larry Bird in 1984 and Michael Jordan in 1991, according to Rolling Stone.

Perhaps the Warriors start a trend, or maybe it will be a one-off thing. Regardless, the alternative they chose is a respectable one. 

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 122-105 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night...

1. This was a tough one for the Wizards. For the third time this season, they got beaten by the Hornets and for the second straight time it was in a blowout.

They still had their moments, though, including this alley-oop from Tomas Satoransky (11 points) to Markieff Morris (13 points, eight assists, six rebounds). It was the second alley-oop connection for those two in as many games:

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2. This was a play that encapsulated the Wizards' night. Jodie Meeks drew a flagrant foul on Michael Carter-Williams, but took a hard shot to the head:

3. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had a solid game with 11 points, including this big dunk:

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4. Speaking of Oubre, he helped the Wizards close the first half with a late surge. The real highlight was Bradley Beal stealing the ball and hitting a corner three at the buzzer:

5. Beal ended up with 33 points, six assists and six rebounds. Here's an and-1 he got to go down in the second half:

All in all, it was an ugly performance for the Wizards. To cheer you up, we'll leave you with this young fan who had a great time at Capital One Arena despite the result:

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