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John Wall on his workout and social media-heavy offseason, viral video in Miami Pro League

John Wall on his workout and social media-heavy offseason, viral video in Miami Pro League

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.”

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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. 

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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.

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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

Point guard John Wall was a notable absence at Friday afternoon's Wizards practice, as he sat out after having an MRI done on his left knee earlier in the day. 

Despite playing well against the Hornets in the team's last game, Wall is still feeling discomfort and now the Wizards wait to hear the test results. Wall may not play against the Blazers on Saturday night.

"John is definitely going to be questionable tomorrow," head coach Scott Brooks said. "We'll see how he feels [Saturday morning] and then make a decision from there."

Wall's knee issue dates back to two weeks ago. He first complained about swelling in his knee after a game against the Sacramento Kings.


Wall has since had his knee drained, but the problems have persisted. Wall says his mobility is affected most.

Wall, 27, has missed two games for the Wizards this season, one due to a sprained left shoulder and another because of his knee. He is averaging 20.3 points and 9.2 assists per game.

Wall had one of his best games against the season in Charlotte on Wednesday. Despite playing through pain, he managed 31 points and 11 assists. He played 41 minutes because the game went to overtime.

If Wall can't go against the Blazers, the Wizards will rely heavily on backup point guard Tim Frazier. Either way, they have a tough assignment at that position with Damian Lillard of Portland.


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Markieff Morris sees a lot of himself in Wizards teammate Mike Scott

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Markieff Morris sees a lot of himself in Wizards teammate Mike Scott

The early returns on backup forward Mike Scott have been quite good for the Wizards. Signed to a one-year deal in free agency, Scott is off to a strong start.

He's averaging 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 53.4 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from three. His 59.7 effective field goal percentage is second on the team behind Otto Porter.

At his best, Scott has proven to be instant offense and an efficient scorer. He's reached double figures in seven out of his last 12 appearances while shooting 59 percent.

Scott is the backup to Markieff Morris and Morris likes what he sees so far.

"He fits perfect. We should have been gotten him," Morris said on the Wizards Tipoff podcast. "I feel like me and him are going to have a couple great years together, if you ask me."


There are some similarities in the games of Morris and Scott. They are close in size and can score both inside and out. They offer a respectable three-point shot with a strong midrange and post game to complement.

Others have pointed it out and Morris sees it, too.

"I think he's trying to steal my game," he joked. "We kind of resemble each other a lot more than what I thought before he got here."

Morris of course has a twin in real life, Marcus who plays for the Celtics. But Scott is like his twin on the Wizards' bench, figuratively speaking.

"It's kind of hard to distinguish between the two sometimes when they're making shots because they play the same way," guard Bradley Beal said. "They can knock down threes, they can give you the post up game, they can handle the ball. They are definitely one in the same, in a sense."

"There's a lot of similarities. They have a lot of the same mannerisms," head coach Scott Brooks said. "They have this real, tough, calming influence on the group. I like guys that have that edge to them."

Morris also discussed his relationship with John Wall and Bradley Beal, how his season has gone so far and who Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons remind him of on the podcast.

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