Bradley Beal: “Never change your mindset or your approach to the game,” Coach Brooks said. “Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it.” He made a bet with me at the start of the year that I won’t shoot 20 threes in a game. Like, he actually wants me to shoot 20 or more threes, and if I do, he wins. So that’s just one example of what I mean when I say he believes in us as players.
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“We’ve got to find a way to be able to get stops and to be able to score the ball. We’ve got to do one or the other,” Beal said after the Wizards dropped to 1-4. “The biggest thing we can control is our defense and that’s all about effort and wanting to play. I think coach is pretty fed up with the way we’re playing and I think he’s going to start playing guys who want to play and guys who want to show up.”
“We’ll figure it out one way or another. Coach has talked about it a little bit but he doesn’t want to exert me too much or exert any of the other guys too much,” Beal said, “but we may have to.” “We just got to work with what we got,” Beal continued. “Guys just have to start stepping up and playing. If they want to play, coach is going to play you and if you don’t, he’s going to sit you down so it’s just a matter of us just being disciplined in the second group and everybody being on the same page. I don’t think we’re always on the same page all the time … but at the end of the day I am prepared if (Brooks) does go that route.”
Candace Buckner: Scott Brooks on Bradley Beal: “He’s going to have a breakout game sooner or later, hopefully it’s tonight… I have to do a better job of putting him in positions where he’s moving and being able to catch the ball on the fly.”
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April 28, 2017 | 1:24 pm EDT Update
For now, Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin remains the top candidate in the Magic’s search, but Orlando hasn’t yet asked for permission to speak with Griffin, largely because of the Cavaliers’ playoff status, sources said.
Bird leaves the franchise at a crucial crossroads, with possible free agency looming for franchise star Paul George in the summer of 2018. The Pacers will have to decide on whether to continue to work on selling George on a future with the franchise, or consider the possibility of trading him to extract maximum value before George can leave in free agency.