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Wizards' Wall can only wait to return to lineup

Wizards' Wall can only wait to return to lineup

Shirtless, John Wall crouched and dribbled a basketball above his head with his right hand and another low to the ground with his left hand. Unable to keep the routine together as he reached half-court, Wall grunted as he lost control, started over, and tried the exercise once again.

With Washington Wizards assistant coach Ryan Saunders looking on, Wall has concluded nearly every practice with ballhandling drills, something he had never done before a stress injury to his left knee produced his longest absence from playing the game he loves dearly.

His shimmying crossover dribble and other deceptive, tricky moves all came naturally and instinctually for Wall, with no prior...