Wizards’ Wall returns to practice

John Wall believes less media attention will be good for the Wizards.

The Washington Wizards are close to getting a big boost in terms of a reinforcement as the regular season winds down.

Five-time All-Star point guard John Wall, who had surgery near the end of January to clean up his left knee, is close to returning to action for the Wizards (40-32).

Wall, 27, was back at full practice with the team Saturday, according to Chris Miller of NBC Sports Washington, who also released video of Wall participating in 5-on-5 action.

“John did everything, he did an entire practice which was great,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks told reporters Saturday. “I thought he did a great job offensively and defensively.”

When reporters asked Brooks about Wall’s weight loss during his recovery, the coach was quick with a joke.

“And I’m heavier,” Brooks quipped. “Whatever he’s lost, I’ve found.”

While no timetable has been established for an exact date for the 6-foot-4, 195-pound former University of Kentucky star returning to game action, Brooks is encouraged.

“He looks great and that’s not easy with time off,” Brooks said. “He will be back in no time.”

Wall has been limited to 37 games this season for the Wizards, averaging 19.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 9.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocked shots in 34.3 minutes per game.