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John Wall says he's '110 percent' healthy in rehab from Achilles surgery

John Wall says he's '110 percent' healthy in rehab from Achilles surgery

Now more than 15 months removed from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon, Wizards point guard John Wall says he is all the way back to normal from a physical health standpoint.

"I'm 110 percent. I'm healthy," he said on Tuesday.

Wall, who was meeting with reporters on a conference call to discuss his rent assistance charity effort in Ward 8, added he is still "taking [his] time with the rehab." There are, of course, other boxes to check off besides simply the recovery of his leg. He needs to be in peak physical conditioning and get back into basketball rhythm before he can return to games.

Those are some of the reasons why he and other members of the organization have pumped the brakes on him potentially returning soon, like by the end of the regular season whenever it resumes. The NBA remains on hiatus due to the coronavirus, which has afforded him more time to recover.

Wall added on the call he is still able to work out every day at home with a basketball gym and exercise equipment. He is also taking long bike rides around the D.C. area.

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Until determined otherwise, the expectation is for Wall to return at the beginning of the 2020-21 season. He said he isn't even sure he will be with the Wizards if the team resumes play at a remote location with the rest of the league, like in Orlando, FL, as it has been discussed.

"I don't know what the protocal the organization or the coaching staff want me to be on. I will kind of just let them make that decision, them and my agent," he said.

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NBA draft lottery 2020 to be held virtually amid coronavirus pandemic

NBA draft lottery 2020 to be held virtually amid coronavirus pandemic

The NBA offseason arrives later this week and will speed up soon not long after with the Aug. 20 draft lottery, which will be held virtually this year.

The news it is being held virtually, which was first reported by the Athletic, was a fairly obvious expectation. All 14 teams participating will do so remotely via a video feed. That's the way many events are being held amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Wizards have the ninth-best odds in this year's lottery. That gives them a 4.5 percent chance at the No. 1 overall pick and a 20.2 chance to select in the top four.

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The top eight teams in the lottery are the Warriors, Cavs, Timberwolves, Hawks, Pistons, Knicks, Bulls and Hornets. The Warriors, Cavs and Timberwolves are tied for the best odds to get the No. 1 pick.

There is no consensus top player in this draft. Mock drafts have rotated through a few players at the top. The big names include James Wiseman, Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball.

The Wizards will need some luck to move up and have a chance to get one of them.

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Michael Jordan competes in White Marlin Open in Ocean City for second consecutive year

Michael Jordan competes in White Marlin Open in Ocean City for second consecutive year

Michael Jordan has proven time and time again that no opponent is too challenging for him.

Even in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and Hurricane Isaias, Jordan’s love for competition prevailed as he was spotted in Ocean City, Md. this past weekend competing in the White Marlin Open, a deep-sea fishing competition, for the second consecutive year. 

If basketball, football, baseball and golf weren’t enough, the six-time NBA champion has now become a regular competitor in the world’s largest billfish tournament. After he entered the competition in 2019, he was the weekend’s star even without the winning catch.

In the weeks leading up to the 2020 competition, rumors began to circulate about whether the sports icon would appear on the eastern shore again. When his plane was spotted at Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport last week and his boat Catch 23 was registered, excitement began to grow from fans and fellow anglers.

In the competition’s 47th year, Jordan’s boat was spotted as one of 433 to enter the competition. His is an 80-foot Viking, which displays the print matching his Air Jordan 3 sneakers that he wore during the 1998 NBA All-Star game.

The tournament features competitions in fishing for tuna, dolphins, blue marlins, wahoos, sharks and white marlins. Due to the effects of the hurricane, the competition spanned from Aug. 3-9, an extension from its normal five days. This year, the White Marlin Open set a record for the most money ever awarded with a collective $6.8 million distributed to the winners.

The top $1.85 million prize went to Brandon Golueke from Ocean City for a 97-pound white marlin. The fish was the third largest white marlin in competition history.

While Jordan and his Catch 23 crew were unable to bring home the top prize again this year, he has proven he has a promising future in angling. Back in June, his boat brought in a 442.3-pound marlin on the second day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City, N.C., which earned fifth place that day and ninth place in the tournament overall. 

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