It hasn’t been hard to keep tabs on John Wall and his offseason workouts. His Instagram account has been a constantly updated record of his summer and he even has an online documentary called ‘No Offseason’ produced by Ball Is Life in which he spars with a pro boxer and runs with resistance weights. Wall and Wizards trainer Jesse Phillips are interviewed to update his progress and compare what he's doing now to years past.
Wall says his offseason has been entirely different in two specific ways. For one, he is 100 percent healthy after last summer rehabbing from the surgeries he had on both knees in May of 2016. Secondly, he has extra motivation after how the Wizards’ second round playoff series against the Celtics ended.
Boston’s Marcus Smart had the most dramatic take on Game 7, saying Wall’s “legs were gone.” Regardless of what others think, Wall would like to take his endurance to a new level next season with the goal of closing out playoff games in mind.
“It’s the best,” Wall said of being healthy this offseason. “This is the first time in my whole career that I’ve not had to worry about doing rehab for an injury or anything. You have been seeing a lot of videos of me working out because this is what I want to do. I love to do it. But it was kind of tough in the past with so much rehab.”
Wall has been spending much of his time in Miami where he can bike along the water and even by American Airlines Arena where the Heat play. In one Instagram video he noted “I put in work there every year.”
Biking is part of his goal to have stronger legs so they hold up later in the season.
“I’m just doing a lot of stuff. In the morning I will do treatment before I start weight-lifting. Then I get the basketball. Then after that I will ride the bike for like 20 miles, just so I can get tired and see what it feels like when I’m fatigued, then get over that,” he said.
Wall has been biking all over the place, even next to a freeway in Florida. That caught the attention of fans and bloggers on social media.
Love the helmet John, but can we watch the road my G! pic.twitter.com/6Ctv2jahyX— Wiz of Awes (@WizOfAwes) August 3, 2017
Wall saw that reaction and assured Wizards fans he was not doing anything dangerous.
“It’s not a main street,” Wall said with a smile. “It’s just the bike lane on the highway right there. It’s the highway in Miami. It’s just a bike lane, that’s all.”
Wall’s time in Miami has also included an video that went viral. Playing in the Miami Pro League, Wall dribbled the ball between an opponent’s legs and then hit a baseline jumper in his face.
Wall said the invitation to play came from Rockets superstar James Harden.
“I only played that one game. James came down and said do I want to play and I was like ‘alright, I’ll play,’” Wall said.
As for the nutmeg dribble: “I don’t know. I just be trying different stuff. You know me. I play off of instincts and it was pretty fun.”
The Wizards will not open training camp until late September, so that means another seven weeks for Wall to post videos. Might want to give his Instagram a follow.