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John Wall talks Scott Brooks, Kevin Durant, and recovery from surgery in ESPN interview

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John Wall made an appearance on Face to Face with Hannah Storm on Wednesday morning (you can watch the videos here and here) to talk about his recovery from knee surgery. Here's some of what he had to say:

Wall on Scott Brooks

I was very excited. I heard a lot of great things about him. I didn't really know him as a person, but one thing that stuck out to me was that he seems like a very loyal person. After my surgery, he came to Cleveland and spent two days with me just to talk basketball and try to pick my brain. I was picking his brain because he was a point guard also and figuring out what we could try to do to help this team get back to the playoffs.

Wall on recruiting Kevin Durant

That's one of my older people in the league that I look up to. He's like a big brother to me. We work out together sometimes in the summertime. Right now, I'm just giving him space because he just finished a tough season. I know it didn't go the way he wanted it to. But when the time is right I'll throw my pitch to him and see if we have a chance. If we don't, we have to go another way and have our Plan B.

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I think he understands and knows what it is to play here in D.C. and the DMV area. He's from here. I think the most important thing is going to be probably a lot of people are nervous to come back and play at home. I mean, you never know how much you're going to have to deal with family and all that and the tickets and things like that, but he understands and I think he knows. It's just all about what he feels in his heart and what's best for him.

Wall on his recovery timetable

I'm in no rush, I'm just trying to take my time and go through my rehab process and do what the doctors and trainers tell me. They say it's supposed to be about 4-5 months before I can play again, but if it takes longer, I have to deal with it. I want to come back healthy. I understand I have a lot of basketball left in my career to play.

Wall on the challenge of recovering from surgery

It's a challenge for me, and I'm willing to do whatever it takes to come back stronger, come back a better basketball player, and a better person to lead my team and whatever it takes, I have to do it. I'm in the training room every day and in the weight room trying to get stronger and after this interview, I will go right back to therapy.

It's good to see that Wall isn't getting ahead of himself with his recovery from surgery or trying to be too aggressive with a free agent recruiting. After a season where so many things did not go well, it would be tempting to get impatient and try to force the issue, but it looks like Wall is showing the proper restraint, which is the best approach to getting the Washington back to where they need to be next season.