Wall organizing 'mini-camp' for Wizards

Wall organizing 'mini-camp' for Wizards
August 26, 2013, 2:30 am
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John Wall showed, but passed on playing in Sunday's Goodman League Roundball Classic at DeMatha.

The Wizards' point guard has been getting his basketball fix at the Verizon Center.

Wall returned to D.C. earlier this month for his youth basketball camp - and in preparation for late September's training camp and the upcoming season.

"Working out with the coaches and stuff," Wall said about his schedule since re-joining teammates for training sessions." Getting everybody organized, to have like a mini-camp before we start training camp."

Wall expects the entire roster together following Labor Day. He also anticipates training with former NBA All-Star point guard Gary Payton at some point before the start of camp on September 28.

The face of the Wizards' franchise kept busy Sunday despite not donning a jersey and joining Kevin Durant, Victor Oladipo and other NBA players on the court. While Wall interacted with fans, autographs were signed, pictures taken and high-fives exchanged.

"I feel like it's a good opportunity to give back to the community," Wall said. "Interacting with the kids and the fans. Just enjoy yourself. The Goodman League has done a great job."

It also marked an opportunity for the NBA's newest maximum contract player to catch up with his peers, some of who had not yet congratulated - or ribbed the $80 million man.

"They always have their jokes," Wall said. 'You can play in any shoes you want, or 'do stuff you want.' The main thing is to be happy. I'm where I want to be. I want to be in D.C. I want to try to change the organization, make the city more exciting for basketball again."