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John Wall says sitting out season was always the plan, but Wizards can make playoffs

John Wall says sitting out season was always the plan, but Wizards can make playoffs

WASHINGTON -- Several of John Wall's favorite things collided on Thursday night at the Lucky Strike bowling alley in Northwest D.C. as the Wizards hosted a charity event for local kids.

Wall likes giving back, behind around his teammates and he absolutely loves to bowl. Wall, in fact, bowls "at least three times a week" and is having a lane built inside his house. He said one of the most "miserable" parts of his injury rehab was the early going when he wasn't allowed to bowl.

Now Wall can bowl all he wants and he can even practice with the team. But his return is still expected to be months away, at the start of next season.

Wall addressed the media and explained how he has not struggled with that decision, to take a year off, despite having now not played in an NBA game for almost 14 months.

"That was my plan from the start," he said. "Just going through the whole process and seeing what my friend DeMarcus [Cousins] had gone through coming back early. They say after a year you're clear, but it takes almost a year-and-a-half to get full strength and everything back."

Wall is pleased with his progress so far. He has been seen doing all sorts of basketball activities in social media videos from dunking to running, to playing in scrimmages. But he insists he isn't all the way back yet, despite how healthy he may look in those clips.

"I'll find my way when the time is right," he said. "The power and the strength and the adrenaline and the stamina; I don't have that yet. That's what I'm trying to get to."

Wall had surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon on Feb. 12 of last year. He has not played in an NBA game since Dec. 26 of 2018, having first had a procedure to remove bone spurs in his heel.

He's had a lot of time to sit and watch and he doesn't seem to be in too much of a rush to change that, which is good news for the Wizards and their medical staff. Wall believes the Wizards may even be able to make the playoffs without him this season.

"They have a shot, maybe not an easy shot. But they have a chance," he said.

The Wizards are currently ninth in the East and three games back of the final playoff spot. They won't have Wall to help them, but he thinks they can close the gap.

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NBA reportedly close to televising a HORSE competition while players are in isolation

NBA reportedly close to televising a HORSE competition while players are in isolation

While we wait for the 2019-20 NBA season to return from suspension, the league may have found another way to entertain us. 

Last week, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the NBA was working on televising a H-O-R-S-E competition featuring several high-profile players. 

In this case, players would shoot by themselves, presumably at their homes, and go shot-for-shot with other players remotely. The great thing about H-O-R-S-E is all you need to be able to do is shoot, leaving the door open for former players like Paul Pierce to get in on the fun. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, the NBA and ESPN's deal to televise H-O-R-S-E is nearing completion with a number of NBA stars on board to compete, per Wojnarowski. Chris Paul, Trae Young and Zach LaVine are expected to participate while the competition will also include WNBA players and a few recent NBA alumni. 

This wouldn't be the first time we've seen NBA players playing H-O-R-S-E on television. Back in 2010, Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo and Omri Casspi played each other in H-O-R-S-E as a part of All-Star weekend. As you'd expect, Durant won. 

This follows the NBA kickstarting the first-ever NBA 2K Players Tournament Friday, where 16 NBA stars play each other in an NBA 2K20 tournament for charity. Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell, Trae Young and Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura headline the event that is expected to run until April 11. 

According to Woj, the details on the H-O-R-S-E competition are still being finalized with the league and ESPN, who'd ultimately air the event. 

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Jerry Stackhouse says he regrets time with Wizards, playing with Michael Jordan

Jerry Stackhouse says he regrets time with Wizards, playing with Michael Jordan

From an outside perspective, it seems like Jerry Stackhouse would have cherished his time with the Washington Wizards, as he was given the opportunity to share the floor with Michael Jordan, an admitted idol whom he was at times compared to as a 6-foot-6 star guard from the University of North Carolina.

But Stackhouse, now the head coach at Vanderbilt, views that time with deep regret. He looked back on those days on the latest episode of the 'Woj Pod' hosted by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and explained why he still isn't over the frustration he felt at the time.

"Honestly, I wish I never played in Washington and for a number of reasons," Stackhouse said. "I felt we were on our way in Detroit before I got traded there. It was really challenging to be able to be in a situation with an idol who at this particular point, I felt like I was a better player.

"Things were still being run through Michael Jordan," he continued. "[Head coach] Doug Collins, I love Doug, but I think that was an opportunity for him to make up for some ill moments that they may have had back in Chicago. So, pretty much everything that Michael wanted to do [we did]. We got off to a pretty good start and he didn't like the way the offense was running because it was running a little bit more through me. He wanted to get a little more isolations for him on the post, of course, so we had more isolations for him on the post. And it just kind of spiraled in a way that I didn't enjoy that season at all. The kind of picture I had in my mind of Michael Jordan and the reverence I had for him, I lost a little bit of it during the course of that year."

What made matters worse for Stackhouse is that his previous team, the Detroit Pistons, won a title in 2004, just two years after he left in a trade. The Wizards sent promising young guard Richard Hamilton to Detroit for Stackhouse in a six-player deal. Hamilton was the leading scorer on that Finals-winning team while playing the same position Stackhouse did.

"[Jordan] had a young guard there in Rip Hamilton, who I was traded for to Detroit, that he didn't feel like he could get it done with. So he was like, 'Let's go get Stackhouse, I know he's tougher and he can score, let's go bring him in here,'" Stackhouse said.

"Watching a team I helped kind of build a foundation for in Detroit go on to win a championship a couple years later, it left a bad taste in my mouth, so I was pretty happy to get out of Washington and get on to Dallas."

Stackhouse was traded by the Wizards in 2004 to the Mavericks in the deal that brought Antawn Jamison to D.C. Stackhouse would play five years in Dallas, only to see them win a title two years after he left. Two years later, he played for the Miami Heat, who would win a championship the year after he left there.

That's some bad timing on multiple accounts. Stackhouse feels like he missed out on a ring, but you could argue he missed out on several.

You can listen to the full interview with Stackhouse right here.

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