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The 2019-20 Wizards have been equal parts fun and absurd, but the general understanding is that this team is building for the future. 

And one of the biggest question marks moving forward is the long-term health of John Wall, who will most likely miss the entire season to fully recover from Achilles surgery.

When you see videos of him, it's hard to see why Wall is so far away from a return to the floor. However, Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard talked to Chris Miller before the Wizards' loss to the Jazz Sunday to update us on his progress and what the organization's mindset is regarding the five-time All-Star's return. 

"We're not going to skip steps, we're not going to get excited about 3-on-3," Sheppard said. "Down the road, I think we'll start to add more players to the court and make it feel more like home, but we're not in a rush to see John come back unless he's 100 percent healthy."

Chase Hughes reported earlier this week how Wall participated in 3-on-3 drills with the Wizards' player development staff. It was a major milestone in his recovery as he reached the 11-month anniversary of his surgery. 

Brooks told reporters Friday how Wall -- and assistant coach/Mystics star Kristi Toliver -- looked great in those drills. 

When you more than an entire season to injury, it's hard to get your feel back on the floor. Your timing is off, simple reads you used to make are a temporarily more difficult and it may take a while before Wall gets back to his former self. 

 

Gordon Hayward dealt with it last season and Isaiah Thomas is suffering from similar issues with the Wizards this year. Playing against other people is the best form of recovery, especially for Wall when he progresses to playing 5-on-5. 

"The best thing about the 3-on-3 is that he realizes how much more he has to do," he said. "The rust is there, but I tell you what, it warms the heart to see him out there between the lines."

As the Wizards navigate this season with a hilariously unpredictable bunch that has been dubbed "The most fun bad team in basketball," Wall's recovery remains the linchpin for this team's contention window. 

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