John Wall was back laughing, talking smack and having fun with his teammates at the end of Monday's practice on the Verizon Center main court. Camped out in the right corner, Wall elevated a few inches off the ground to shoot three-pointers. The slight lift on his jumper is comparable to the incremental progress that Wall has made with his troublesome left knee. Nearly three months after having a non-traumatic stress injury in his left patella diagnosed, Wall is still unable to practice and has no timetable for his return after his latest visit with New York-based orthopedic specialist David Altchek. After going silent for nearly a month, Wall provided an update on his status but couldn't offer much detail – or hope, for when he will eventually take the floor this season. Watching his teammates stumble to a franchise-worst 3-18 start has made sitting out more painful – "Nothing's been going the right way for us this year," he said – but Wall is determined to get back when he's healthy. Wall also won't know what he can really do on the basketball court until his latest Synvisc injection, received last Friday in New York, settles in the next few days. He said he still needs the swelling and pain in his knee to subside before he goes full tilt.