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John Wall on his workout and social media-heavy offseason, viral video in Miami Pro League

John Wall on his workout and social media-heavy offseason, viral video in Miami Pro League

It hasn’t been hard to keep tabs on John Wall and his offseason workouts. His Instagram account has been a constantly updated record of his summer and he even has an online documentary called ‘No Offseason’ produced by Ball Is Life in which he spars with a pro boxer and runs with resistance weights. Wall and Wizards trainer Jesse Phillips are interviewed to update his progress and compare what he's doing now to years past.

Wall says his offseason has been entirely different in two specific ways. For one, he is 100 percent healthy after last summer rehabbing from the surgeries he had on both knees in May of 2016. Secondly, he has extra motivation after how the Wizards’ second round playoff series against the Celtics ended.

Boston’s Marcus Smart had the most dramatic take on Game 7, saying Wall’s “legs were gone.” Regardless of what others think, Wall would like to take his endurance to a new level next season with the goal of closing out playoff games in mind.

“It’s the best,” Wall said of being healthy this offseason. “This is the first time in my whole career that I’ve not had to worry about doing rehab for an injury or anything. You have been seeing a lot of videos of me working out because this is what I want to do. I love to do it. But it was kind of tough in the past with so much rehab.”

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Wall has been spending much of his time in Miami where he can bike along the water and even by American Airlines Arena where the Heat play. In one Instagram video he noted “I put in work there every year.”

Biking is part of his goal to have stronger legs so they hold up later in the season.

“I’m just doing a lot of stuff. In the morning I will do treatment before I start weight-lifting. Then I get the basketball. Then after that I will ride the bike for like 20 miles, just so I can get tired and see what it feels like when I’m fatigued, then get over that,” he said.

Wall has been biking all over the place, even next to a freeway in Florida. That caught the attention of fans and bloggers on social media. 

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Wall saw that reaction and assured Wizards fans he was not doing anything dangerous.

“It’s not a main street,” Wall said with a smile. “It’s just the bike lane on the highway right there. It’s the highway in Miami. It’s just a bike lane, that’s all.”

Wall’s time in Miami has also included an video that went viral. Playing in the Miami Pro League, Wall dribbled the ball between an opponent’s legs and then hit a baseline jumper in his face. 

Wall said the invitation to play came from Rockets superstar James Harden.

“I only played that one game. James came down and said do I want to play and I was like ‘alright, I’ll play,’” Wall said. 

As for the nutmeg dribble: “I don’t know. I just be trying different stuff. You know me. I play off of instincts and it was pretty fun.”

The Wizards will not open training camp until late September, so that means another seven weeks for Wall to post videos. Might want to give his Instagram a follow.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 33 - Sneaker special... it's all about the kicks


Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 33 - Sneaker special... it's all about the kicks

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast, we focused entirely on sneakers and how they intersect with the culture of basketball. Chase Hughes and Chris Miller were joined by CSN producers (and sneakerheads) Ajay Atayee and Terrence Stroder in studio.

The four of them brought on two expert guests on the phone. First was Cool Kicks sneaker store owner Daniel Habtemariam. Second was Michael Sykes, a blogger at SB Nation.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!

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Wizards 2017-18 roster outlook: Jason Smith's improvement as a shooter should help Wizards bench

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Wizards 2017-18 roster outlook: Jason Smith's improvement as a shooter should help Wizards bench

As part of CSN's preview for the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we preview Jason Smith's season...

Player: Jason Smith

Position: Power forward/center

Age: 31

2016-17 stats: 74 G, 14.4 mpg, 5.7 ppg, 0.3 apg, 3.5 rpg, 0.3 spg, 0.7 bpg, 52.9 FG%, 47.4 3P%, 68.6 FT%, 58.5 eFG%, 110 ORtg, 108 DRtg

2017-18 storyline: Smith's first season in Washington didn't get off to a great start, much like the team as a whole. He was among several players struggling on the Wizards' bench early on, shooting just 36.7 percent from the field in 11.8 minutes a night through 16 games. Smith ultimately found his niche despite inconsistent minutes as a key player on the bench with Ian Mahinmi out most of the year due to injury.

Smith made his impact as an energy guy off the bench. At his best, he disrupted shots in the lane and spread the floor with an improving three-point shot. Smith hit two threes in October, November and December. From January on, Smith made 35 of them at a 46.7 percent clip. By March he was knocking down multiple threes per night on a regular basis.


Smith's emergence as a three-point threat was unexpected, as it happened in his Age 30 season. But it wasn't just luck and it didn't happen overnight. For years Smith practice threes and he had already developed into a solid midrange shooter. It was last year that his range extended beyond the three-point line.

Whether the Wizards can count on Smith to hit threes at a high rate this season is unclear, but that versatility is what could help him remain in head coach Scott Brooks' rotation. If Mahinmi can stay healthy, that will likely mean less minutes for Smith. But if Smith can spread the floor, he can be a nice complement to Mahinmi or Marcin Gortat as a stretch-4.

For as much continuity as there will be in the Wizards' starting lineup, their bench has many new faces. That group also includes Mahinmi, who played only 31 games last year. Smith have a full season in Brooks' system will help him hit the ground running this season in a second unit that will require an adjustment period.

Potential to improve: Chemistry with other bigs, free throw shooting, rim protection.


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