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John Wall says he's shooting jumpers, another milestone in his recovery from Achilles surgery

John Wall says he's shooting jumpers, another milestone in his recovery from Achilles surgery

WASHINGTON -- The Mystics' Game 1 win vs. the Las Vegas Aces on Tuesday night brought nearly the entire Wizards roster out to St. Elizabeth's to sit courtside and cheer on their Monumental Basketball comrades. That included an appearance from John Wall, who caught up with NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller to give the latest update on his long recovery from a ruptured left Achilles tendon.

Wall says the latest milestone has been shooting jumpers.

"I'm great, man. Just rehabbing, working out and lifting weights. I'm shooting some jumpshots, doing some ball-handling and stuff like that," he said.

Wall didn't go into detail about how strenuous those jumpshots are. Given he still has months to go before he returns to game action, it's probably very light on-court work. He's likely not shooting stepbacks and runners in the lane.

But still, that's a significant step in the right direction for Wall, who had surgery on Feb. 12, just over seven months ago. He is considered likely to be out at least 12 months and could miss all of next season. Wizards managing partner Ted Leonsis said in July that Wall would "probably" be sidelined for all of the 2019-20 campaign.

Wall reiterated to NBC Sports Washington that he won't rush back, even if that means sitting out the entire year when the usual rehab timeline for his injury would have him back on the floor sometime between mid-January and the end of the season.

"I understand because I've played through injuries before that if I try to come back too soon or too fast, I could be hurt and have to start all over again. I'm not trying to go through that process again, so I'm finally taking my baby steps," he said.

Some other highlights of Wall's check-in included his plans to mentor rookie Rui Hachimura and his detailed thoughts on the Mystics' title hopes. On Hachimura, he said he wants to take the ninth overall pick under his wing.

"I'm gonna help him a lot. I just kind of got a flow going with him because he got back yesterday. He was over [in China] playing in the World Cup. It was great to see him get that experience and have some fun. Now, I'm here so I can be around him a lot and be in the locker room with him and talk to him. I'm gonna take him to a couple of dinner spots he doesn't know about yet. Just try to pick his brain and help him along the way as much as possible," Wall said.

When discussing the Mystics, Wall showed he has been following their success closely over the past calendar year.

"I think they have the best chance to win [the WNBA title]," he said.

"You've gotta give a lot of credit to players like Natasha Cloud and [Ariel] Atkins. I think those two girls really developed their game and improved from last year, being in the position that they were in. Then, I think they added Emma [Meesseman]. She is a big key of their team with all the other pieces they already had. [Elena] Delle Donne, the MVP, and [LaToya] Sanders and those other [players] do their roles, but I think having Emma will really be able to help."

Wall said Meesseman would be an X-factor midway through the game. She ended up with a game-high 27 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.

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Giannis vs. Moe Wagner incident recalls most famous headbutts in sports history

Giannis vs. Moe Wagner incident recalls most famous headbutts in sports history

Headbutts happen in sports, as sometimes players lose their cool. But when it involves the MVP of a sport, that will certainly draw some attention.

A quick Google search of the name 'Giannis Antetokounmpo' shows how outlets all over the world and from all corners of the internet covered his headbutt of Wizards big man Moe Wagner on Tuesday night. Everyone from FOX News to local papers in Michigan, where Wagner went to college, wrote something on the matter.

So, by that measure it has a chance to become one of the more memorable headbutts in sports history. But it has a long lineage of headbutts to follow. Here are a few of the most notable ones:

Zinedine Zidane in the 2006 World Cup

As far as headbutts go, this one is the G.O.A.T. Zidane lost his composure during extra time in the World Cup final, which earned him a red card and an ejection from the game. He was a star on the French national team and they went on to lose the match in penalty kicks. Zidane had a legendary soccer career, but this incident has helped define him because it was the last time he played on the sport's biggest stage.

Gus Frerotte vs. the end zone wall

D.C. fans will remember this one. Frerotte had just scored a touchdown for the Washington Football Team on Sunday night football against the rival Giants in 1996. So, he headbutted the wall in celebration. Unfortunately, he hurt his neck in the process.

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John Starks and Reggie Miller

Getting Antetokounmpo ejected on Tuesday night gave the Wizards an advantage, though they still lost the game. It also wasn't a high stakes game at all for the Bucks. Getting ejected from a playoff game would be a much more costly mistake and that's exactly what happened to Starks in 1993 when he headbutted Reggie Miller in Game 3 between the Knicks and Pacers.

Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield

Everyone remembers the epic Tyson vs. Holyfield rivalry for Tyson biting off part of Holyfield's ear. But that wasn't the only dirty move done in one of their fights. Tyson also headbutted Holyfield pretty blatantly.

Kevin Garnett loves to headbutt people and things

Garnett was known for a pregame ritual in which he would headbutt the stanchion under the basket to pump himself up. But on one night in 2015, that practice came in handy when he decided to lunge towards Dwight Howard during an argument while he was on the Nets and Howard was on the Rockets. Garnett made contact for the headbutt and was promptly ejected.

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NBA will award an MVP, All-Bubble Team for seeding games

NBA will award an MVP, All-Bubble Team for seeding games

There will be an NBA Bubble MVP.

The league announced that there will be an All-Seeding Games Team and a Player of the Seeding Games, honoring the best performers from the seeding games that started July 30 and will conclude Friday.

The awards will be announced Saturday afternoon, prior to Game 1 of the Western Conference play-in series.

A panel of sportswriters and broadcasters who have been on-site at the Walt Disney World resort covering the season restart will vote for the award winners. There will be a five-player first team and a five-player second team, with no breakdowns by position.

Top candidates would likely include Phoenix's Devin Booker, Dallas' Luka Doncic, Portland's Damian Lillard, Houston's James Harden, Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo and Indiana's T.J. Warren.

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