Wizards release 2013-14 schedule
Although there's not a full complement of players around for Bradley Beal, he’s back to full workouts after sitting out four months with a stress injury to his lower right leg.
Beal has been training at Verizon Center since last week. He sat out summer league play in Las Vegas and didn’t partake in full-contract drills at USA Basketball minicamp last month.
Beal is training with Wizards teammates Garrett Temple and Kevin Seraphin this week.
Temple, a 6-6 combo guard, was re-signed as a free agent during the off-season and Seraphin bypassed on training with the French national team to work individually with coach Randy Wittman and his staff in hopes of being a more consistent option in the low post.
Beal has been moved along slowly by the team’s athletic trainers who were reluctant to let him get back on the court after he was declared done for his rookie season April 3. The initial prognosis for the stress injury was that Beal could return to action by late May.
Fortunately for the Wizards, it didn't turn into a fracture, which would've been much more severe, resulted in surgery and could've put his sophomore season in doubt. Beal still had discomfort with his fibula, the small bone in the leg, on touch in early July.
John Wall has avoided injury so far. He had a similar injury to his left knee that forced him to miss training camp and the first 33 games of 2012-13. Wittman told CSN Washington last week that Nene, who was saddled with various injuries to his foot, knees and shoulders, is on pace to return healthy, too.
Whether or not these key pieces to the Wizards’ success can make it through training camp in one piece is another matter. Wall and Nene will return to train at the end of August. Training camp begins Sept. 28.