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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August 18, 2017 | 8:35 pm EDT Update
Darren Wolfson: Told former #Twolves forward Adreian Payne is close to signing a 1-year, 2-way contract w/ Orlando. @David ‘Dubi’ Pick first to hint at Magic news.
Erik Horne: Morrow, a free agent, is living and training in Charlotte. Still “wait and see” as far as next season and where he’ll be.
Candace Buckner: Some tidbits from John Wall event: the annual team mini-camp is supposed to be next week in LA. Wall has spent many weeks in Miami (every morning riding bikes for at least 18 miles). You’ve seen Sheldon Mac w/ him via Instagram. However I was told Kelly Oubre Jr. also came down to Miami for some of those workouts..
August 18, 2017 | 6:26 pm EDT Update
Michael Beasley: “I’ve always been the quiet, not-stand-up-for-myself-kind-of-guy. Not being disrespectful. But I want my respect. For the last nine years, I’ve been a walking bucket, man. Anytime you want a point, I’ll give you a point, no matter what the circumstances, who the player is defending me.’’
A series of marijuana incidents and being scrutinized under the lens of a No. 2 pick, Beasley suggests, has prevented the 28-year-old old from getting his due on the court. “It’s exactly the reason,’’ Beasley said. “People meet me. First thing they say: “You’re totally different than I thought you are. A large part of my career is due to perception, what people think what I am or should be. My past is my past. They keep harping on it.