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FAIRFAX, Va. -- The wait will be a long one for John Wall. He's still a ways from being able to return to his normal workouts as he prepares for the 2016-17 season. Saturday and Sunday he hosted his basketball camp before returning to his offseason home in Los Angeles. 

He has spent more time in D.C. than usual because of the surgery he had May 5 to fix both knees. The right one needed a minor procedure to clean it out and appears to be fine. The left one still has a fresh scar well over an inch long for a bone spur that had been ailing him for three years. Repeated pregame and postgame treatments with acupuncture were no longer working as well.  

"This week I can start doing a little bit of running, like jogging and stuff like that," said Wall, who also will hold camps in Lexington, Ky., where he played college and his hometown of Raleigh, N.C., to CSNmidatlantic.com. "Probably not until the end of July I can really start having full out sprints and stuff. Start really working out. I can start doing basketball drills and stuff like that. I can stand up now. I just can’t change directions and cut."

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Wall wasn't the same player when he made second-team the NBA's All-Defense after 2014-15 season. He still managed to post career high offensive numbers in points (19.9), assists (10.2), rebounds (4.9) and steals (1.9). 

 

“I’m doing great. Still in no rush even though I’m ahead of schedule. Just taking my time and making sure I’m getting stronger to prepare myself for a long 82 games and not have to deal with the same problems all over again," said Wall, who has been an All-Star three years in a row. "I've had a bone spur for the last three years that’s just been building up and got worse and worse by the year. I’ve been doing a lot of stuff trying to prepare myself for games. Some games I was like, ‘No way in hell I’m going to play tonight.' I’d find a way just becaue of my will and loving the game so much. I just find a way to fight through it and try to do the best to help my team win.”

Wall has been busy despite his surgery. He recently received the NBA's yearlong Community Assist Award at Bright Beginnings, a charity for homeless children that he put on the map with his $400,000 donation via the John Wall Family Foundation last year. Wall also allocated his $25,000 from the league for his award to Bright Beginnings, which Wizards majority owner Ted Leonsis also matched.

Wall has a good shot at being ready for training camp that begins Sept. 27, though he has made it clear previously that he's not going to force it. 

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