HoopsHype Bradley Beal rumors

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“This loss hurts more than anything . . . just knowing that it all just came to an end,” said Bradley Beal, whose three-pointer gave the Wizards their only lead of the fourth quarter, 74-73, with 8 minutes 31 seconds to play. “At the same time, nobody really thought we would be this far. For us to actually make it here, and for us to believe in ourselves and make Indiana earn it, we should be proud of ourselves. There’s nothing we should hang our heads about.” Washington Post

May 6, 2014 Updates

Blessed to be at both games, I can say with conviction that Beal had Kobe’s supreme confidence Monday night. In yet another stirring performance that makes you forget he’s 20-freakin’ years old , Beal’s stroke may have even been purer than Mamba’s at 21. “Bradley Beal’s a superstar in this league,” Paul George, the Pacers’ all-star guard, said afterward. “He’s on the rise.” “Like, the way I think about it, I’m 20 years old, playing in the playoffs, something I always dreamed about, so why not embrace it?” said Beal, who, let’s be honest, is nearly too good to be real. Washington Post

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John Wall finished with 24 points, Nene scored 20, and the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 75-69 on Tuesday night to clinch their first-round series in five games. Bradley Beal scored 17 points, and the fifth-seeded Wizards advanced in the postseason for just the third time since the 1970s. They will meet Indiana or Atlanta in the Eastern Conference semifinals. It's a huge step for a franchise that hadn't been to the postseason since 2008, but with Wall and Beal leading the way, they won 44 games during the regular season. USA Today Sports

Taj Gibson watched the last 7:51 of the season from the training room after rolling his left ankle. He didn’t like what he saw: The Wizards grabbed five offensive rebounds in the final 1:57 of the Game 5 75-69 loss Tuesday night at United Center. “Just frustrating,” he said. Up three, the Wizards held the ball for 1:18, buoyed by three Marcin Gortat offensive rebounds. With 16.2 seconds left and still up three, Andre Miller missed both free-throw attempts, but Nene got the rebound. When Bradley Beal missed his second free throw, Nene got another rebound. “It symbolized the way the series went,” swingman Mike Dunleavy said. “We just could not secure an offensive rebound. Chicago Sun-Times

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According to one source, though, Thibodeau was concerned about Augustin’s defensive shortcomings being exposed, especially in the playoffs, when opposing coaches smell blood and attack. Sure enough, the Wizards’ guards seemed to go right after him down the stretch, whether it was John Wall, Bradley Beal or even 38-year-old Andre Miller, who scored eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter. Chicago Sun-Times

April 11, 2014 Updates

John Wall and Bradley Beal are both learning about the intensity and challenges of battling for postseason position and Wednesday’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats was a struggle for the duo. Wall, the first-time all-star, and Beal, an invite for Team USA tryouts this summer, combined to miss 23 of 33 shots in the Wizards’ 94-88 overtime loss and Wittman didn’t hold back when asked to critique their performances. “When you don’t put effort in, you’re not going to have good showings. It just filters down,” Wittman said. “You can’t play with no energy or effort at one end of the floor and expect to turn it on at the other end of the floor. It doesn’t work that way. That’s been proven with these guys. It was almost like we were spinning our wheels in mud. We just didn’t come out with any enthusiasm. I don’t even know if they had a sweat broken at the jump ball.” Washington Post

April 8, 2014 Updates

At least one general manager likened Gary Harris to Washington's Bradley Beal, though he has yet to show the shooting range and touch Beal did in his one season at Florida. "I think he has a chance to be a really good pro defender," a Northwest Division executive said. "When you're talking about two guards, he might be the best two-way player in college at his position." Having the Michigan State pedigree does nothing but help Harris as well. "What makes him coveted, at least from my perspective, is that he was with (Michigan State Coach Tom) Izzo all that time," an Eastern Conference general manager said. "That kid comes in as a grown-ass contributor, because all he's tried to do is produce." NBA.com

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A few hows before he hurdled G-Man for his unforgettable reverse dunk to claim the dunk contest, Wall made a peculiar bet with Bradley Beal about last Saturday’s college basketball game between his 18th-ranked Wildcats and Beal’s second-ranked Florida Gators. Wall declared that the loser would have to wear a footed pajama onesie of the opposing school to practice. “He know what’s up with me. He might not want to want to see me,” Wall said on Saturday morning. “You know how that is, you’ve got a big rivalry going on. He got to wear that Kentucky onesie if we win. I have to wear that Florida onesie if they win. He don’t know that yet. That’s what I made. I’m the big brother so I make the rules.” Washington Post

February 16, 2014 Updates

In his first three-point shootout at All-Star Weekend, San Antonio Spurs sharpshooter Marco Belinelli got off to a shaky start. Belinelli threw up not one, but two airballs. He made a strong comeback on his final money ball rack to advance with the best score in the West. Bradley Beal advanced from the East, and the two tied in a frantic final round (where Belinelli found air again), forcing overtime. Belinelli won 24-18 in the tiebreak round. For The Win

Once upon a time, according to the Washington Post, Bradley Beal was just a kid who was a family friend of Cornell Haynes. Haynes, who is older, would occasionally walk him to school. Beal grew up to be an NBA player. Haynes, not long after those walks to school, became a rapper better known as Nelly. The two kept in touch and Nelly even got some courtside seats to the All-Star events on Saturday night (though it’s not clear if they’re from Beal or just from being Nelly). So when Beal did this in the first round of the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, the St. Louis rapper was incredibly excited. For The Win

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NBA All-Stars Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves headline the field of participants for the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest (#FootLockerThree) taking place during State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night (#StateFarmSaturday) at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 15. The Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal, who will also be participating in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars challenge, Marco Belinelli of the San Antonio Spurs and Arron Afflalo of the Orlando Magic complete the field. The NBA's best from behind the arc will take part in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, with the eight players competing in a two-round competition. Each player will have one minute to shoot as many balls as he can. The highest scoring East and highest scoring West competitors from the First Round will advance to the Championship Round. Of the two finalists, the one with the lower individual score from the First Round will go first in the Championship Round. The player scoring the most points in the Championship Round will win the 2014 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest for his conference along with $100,000 for their Conference's charities. NBA.com

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