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Wizards won't rush John Wall back from Achilles injury

Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks insisted the team will not rush injured point guard John Wall back after he had surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles last February.

"There's a good chance that he misses most of the season, if not all of the season," Brooks said. "He's not going to play until he's ready 100%. And he understands that. But what I love about John is he's going to fight us over it. He's going to challenge us over it."

Wall also pledged patience.

"Only me can know how my body feels," Wall said. "Everybody has a deadline of, 'OK, at a year point, you're supposed to be playing basketball.' It doesn't always work that way."

With Wall expected to be out for a large portion of another season, the pressure is again on Bradley Beal.

"It's no problem," Beal said Monday at the team's media day of the additional expectations on himself. "I think I would probably say I force myself into that role versus maybe a coach or the team. It's definitely going to be harder. But John's still going to be around. He'll still have a voice. I'll have a voice."

Beal thrived without Wall last season, averaging 25.6 points, 5.5 assists and 5 rebounds while playing all 82 games.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.