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John Wall supports the Dallas Cowboys from the sideline on Sunday Night Football

John Wall supports the Dallas Cowboys from the sideline on Sunday Night Football

While the road to recovery can be long and grueling, Wizards' point guard John Wall used some free time to visit AT&T Stadium and watch his Dallas Cowboys take on the Kirk Cousins led Minnesota Vikings. 

Wall was courtside four days ago to watch his former squad, the Kentucky Wildcats, upset Michigan State at Madison Square Garden. 

We here in the District love Wall but hopefully, his winning influence doesn't rub off on the Cowboys Sunday night. Just saying. 

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How John Wall is helping D.C. residents in need during COVID-19

How John Wall is helping D.C. residents in need during COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone, some much more than others, and John Wall is ready to help.

The Wizards point guard has set up a charity initiative called '202 Assist' which will provide rent money to people living in the Ward 8 section of Washington, D.C. Ward 8 is where the Wizards' practice facility is located.

Wall understands how the staggering economy has affected those who were already less fortunate and is hoping to raise $300,000 by June 22 to provide help.

"I know Ward 8 is the most devastated place in D.C. They are going through tough times as a less fortunate area," Wall said. "I want to make sure they can pay their rent for the next month or two, or for however long we can make it can happen."

Wall believes Ward 8 is a good place to hone in on because many of the residents live in poverty and may not have the money to make rent, especially if their jobs have been affected directly by the city's stay-at-home order.

"I'm always over there every day constantly seeing what's going on in the community. I think it's a great idea to help them out," he said.

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Wall is partnering with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on this initiative. He has also donated protective masks and meals to hospital workers recently through his charity foundation. The hospitals he focused on were the ones that treated his mother during her battle with cancer.

Wall has a tendency to give back to those in areas that have hit close to home. In the case of '202 Assist,' he is helping out those who are in situations he lived through as a kid in Raleigh, NC.

"I just know at times you might not have a roof over your head or nothing to eat at times. That was a big factor for me," he said.

Wall also recently donated to the 'Pros for Heroes' charity program helmed by Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Wall said he would love if Zimmerman helped out with '202 Assist' to return the favor.

For more information, and to donate to the cause, visit the '202 Assist' website.

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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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