Wall returns to prepare for upcoming season

Wall returns to prepare for upcoming season
August 20, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) brings the ball down court against Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (5) during the second quarter at the Verizon Center.

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In his last appearance at Verizon Center three weeks ago, John Wall humbly sat and even shed tears when the Wizards announced they'd made him their franchise player with a five-year, $80 million extension.

Tuesday, Wall was all business as he returned for good after spending most of his off-season in Los Angeles. He began with a light workout with Wizards assistant coaches at Verizon. 

Wall, who also spent time in the weight room, will be here until training camp starts Sept. 28 on the campus of George Mason University in nearby Fairfax, Va.

He is expected to be be joined by Nene by month's end. Nene, who has spent the entire summer rehabilitating from various injuries at his homes in Denver and Brazil, told coach Randy Wittman he's doing well and ready to go.

Wittman has been on vacation. 

Wall missed the first 33 games of the 2012-13 season with a stress injury to his left knee. The Wizards opened with a 12-game losing streak and were 5-28.  They went 24-25 with Wall, ending on a six-game losing streak with the roster again decimated by injuries to Nene, Trevor Ariza, Martell Webster and Bradley Beal. 

Wall vowed to not do much different this off-season in preparing, working on strengthening his legs and participating in a USA Basketball mini-camp in late July. 

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