- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Martell Webster’s jump shot elevation was slight Wednesday night. Though, he was still knocking down NBA-range 3-pointers during pregame in Verizon Center with Wizards owner Ted Leonsis looking on.

Webster is working through the third back surgery of his career. Yet another rehabilitation has not changed his outlook, and he says his back is steadily healing.

“It’s good,” Webster said. “As good as it can be after three back surgeries. My spirits are high. It can be tedious at times; it’s beneficial nonetheless.”

Webster did not want to specify a timeline for his return to the Wizards. However, it’s clear he is making significant progress.

“I just kind of want to keep that under wraps,” Webster said. “I don’t want to lead anybody on and get any false hopes with that. But, I’m doing good. I’m a little ahead of schedule. Hopefully, sooner than later.”

Webster said he is doing a lot of shooting to make sure he does not develop tendonitis in his knees while the nerve in his back heals. He uses a VersaClimber for cardiovascular exercise since he is still avoiding any “pounding” exercise.

When the Wizards are on the road, Webster works with Scott Epsley, who is in charge of all physical therapy for Georgetown University athletes. When the team is back in D.C., Webster works with Winston Gandy, the Wizards’ player development coordinator.

The next step for Webster is to be cleared for practice. He needs the strength on both sides of his body to level out and make sure he can move laterally without trouble.

The swingman averaged a career-high 11.4 points in 2012-13, his first with the Wizards. Webster averaged 9.7 off the bench last season.

Webster, who has been in the league for nine years, had back surgery in 2010 and 2011. He’s managing this one with caution.

“Just because it’s the third time,” Webster said. “You don’t want your whole life to be predicated around having surgery every offseason. Taking my time and really enjoying it and doing the things that are necessary to make sure the back is strong and healthy again is the most important thing that I can possibly be doing right now. And being cognizant of the fact that it is the third back surgery, so not rushing into things, but doing very efficient work. Which I’ve been doing with all the staff here.”

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