HoopsHype Bradley Beal rumors

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

February 14, 2014 Updates
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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

Wizards’ sources were fairly adamant yesterday that Beal is a non-starter for them in trade talks, which lines up exactly with what teams talking with Washington have said. As we covered yesterday, the Wizards are unwilling to break up their core to make a deal and while other teams may covet Beal as part of a deal, the Wizards simply are not going to entertain that. They view him as a key and core part of what they are building and anything involving him is being turned away. Basketball Insiders

February 3, 2014 Updates
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Beal has been asked to participate in the Three-Point Shootout but also expects to make a decision by Monday. He is tied for 18th in the NBA in three-point shooting percentage at 41.3 and is leaning toward giving it a go, but admitted that the decision isn’t entirely up to him as he continues to recover from a stress injury in his right fibula. He said it will come down to “me wanting to do it and two, what the doc says.” Beal has been selected for the Rising Star challenge for the second year in a row and stated that concern over his leg could prevent him from participating in the exhibition featuring the best rookies and second-year players. His chances of being in both events appear to be improving. For the first time since he returned from his injury, Beal had his 30-minute time limit lifted when the Wizards played Oklahoma City. Washington Post

February 1, 2014 Updates

Beal also told CSN he'd like to compete in the Three-Point Shootout at NBA All-Star Weekend, which is Feb. 14-16, but a decision has not been made. If he is given the green light that his leg is OK to handle the extra work, Beal said he will accept the offer. CSNWashington.com

January 27, 2014 Updates

In an awkward moment for the Washington Wizards last week, USA Basketball announced Beal was among the 28 players invited to the U.S. men’s national team pool for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Wall was left off. “It’s a blessing and an honor,” Beal said of the selection. “To be a part of history and knowing that they see something in me, I’m definitely going to take advantage of that and show them what I’ve got and represent the country as best as I can.” Washington Post

“I been through it before. The main thing for me is try to be professional. I went out there and played. I did it the right way,” Wall said of his experiences with Team USA minicamp. “I just use it as more motivation. It’s nothing I could do. It’s nothing I can say, and I don’t want nobody to babysit me or try to make it work for me. They made their list, they made their decision and that’s what they’re happy with, and I just have to look past that. It’s more motivation because I didn’t make McDonald’s game. I wasn’t national player of the year. I wasn’t rookie of the year. So those are just tabs I keep to motivate myself to prove people wrong.” Washington Post

January 23, 2014 Updates

There's another effect to giving Wall that kind of deal: The Wizards haven't had much stability over the years, but they now have a true cornerstone to build on. And his partner is encouraged. "It's good for the team," Beal said. "He's the leader. He's the head of the snake. It just makes my decision that much easier, if I want to continue to play with him over the next couple of years." USA Today Sports

The extra five-minute frame meant that his night was essentially over because he had already played 30 minutes 15 seconds — and he remains on a strict 30-minute playing time restriction that has been in place since he returned in December from a stress injury in his right fibula. Beal watched the overtime in disgust and only saw the court for the last three seconds, when John Wall missed a three-pointer as time expired and the Wizards had to accept a 113-111 defeat. “I wish I was out there, no doubt,” Beal said. “I knew it was going to happen. I’m restricted to 30 minutes, I can’t fight it and there’s nothing I can do about it but accept it and cheer my teammates on and encourage them to get a win.” Washington Post

Beal doesn’t know how long this situation will remain but he also realizes that he has to adjust. Before suffering his second serious leg injury in eight months, Beal had led the NBA in minutes played and miles traveled in a game. The constant contributed to him missing nine games and three weeks of action, so he’d rather get some minutes than none at all. “I talked to doc a little bit and hopefully, within these next couple of weeks or so, I’ll be off of it,” Beal said. “Like Witt said, it’s out of his hands, it’s really kind of out of my hands, too. I know how I feel, but we’re also talking about my future here and for the rest of my life. So I just got to take it slow, suck it up and deal with it.” Washington Post

Returning to national team roster after capturing gold at the 2010 FIBA World Championship are Chandler, Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Durant, Iguodala, Love, Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), and Westbrook. Completing the USA National Team roster are NBA standouts LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); David Lee (Golden State Warriors); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors). NBA.com

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