John Wall

Wizards' plan for John Wall involves fewer minutes, more run for Ish Smith, Cassius Winston

It was not an effusive commitment to Wall — in fairness, Sheppard was speaking to reporters after 3 a.m. — but the Wizards’ top basketball executive was clear.

The laid-back veteran started 23 games for the Wizards last season and became a team leader when Washington played in the NBA bubble in Orlando over the summer.

He played in 139 games (starting 108) in four seasons with the Spartans and continued to lead his team as a junior after his younger brother Zachary died by suicide in 2019.

Winston had 20 points, 10 assists and just one turnover in Michigan State’s 68-67 win over Duke in the regional final that ended Zion Williamson’s college career.

It starts in upping the intensity level in everyday activities such as workouts, pushing himself on his own and paying extra attention to conditioning and nutrition.

“Actually going out there on the floor with some guys I watched on the big screen, that I looked up to ... when it’s my turn, I want to make sure I take full advantage of it.”

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