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Most know him as Nelly, platinum-selling rapper and part owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. Bradley Beal also knows him as Cornell Haynes, the family friend who would occasionally walk him to elementary school before hitting it big. Nelly was a former star athlete at University City High in suburban St. Louis, where Beal’s mother, Besta, was a physical education teacher and athletic director. So, Beal can’t remember the first time he met Nelly, only that it was “ages ago.” Washington Post

Nelly won’t be around sitting courtside, but Beal was thrilled to have someone he has long admired watching him play for the first time. The two posed for a picture together after the game. “It’s awesome, because he’s basically the first one to do something big from St. Louis and just everything that he’s done for the city and he gives back and everything he went through in his life and how he supports the youth. He’s definitely been a big impact on everybody,” Beal said. “He supports sports to the fullest and everybody that comes out of St. Louis. So I have to show my appreciation and my love to him as well.” Washington Post

Most know him as Nelly, platinum-selling rapper and part owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. Bradley Beal also knows him as Cornell Haynes, the family friend who would occasionally walk him to elementary school before hitting it big. Nelly was a former star athlete at University City High in suburban St. Louis, where Beal’s mother, Besta, was a physical education teacher and athletic director. So, Beal can’t remember the first time he met Nelly, only that it was “ages ago.” “I knew who we was, but I didn’t know,” Beal said of the now 39-year-old Nelly. “He wasn’t as big as he is now, but he was an up-and-coming rapper and eventually ‘Country Grammar’ came out” in 2000. Washington Post

“Yeah, I needed him to be able to show up to games,” Beal said with a laugh, when asked about Nelly, “but nah, I just stayed with it. My teammates did a great job of setting me up. And I was shooting the ball with a lot of confidence and was fortunate to get a couple to fall.” Beal was playing so well that Nelly started heckling him to let up a bit. “He was telling me, ‘Don’t do ‘em like that.’ It was cool,” Beal said with a smile. “He owns a little bit of the Bobcats, so I was like, I couldn’t really say too much. Couldn’t shake his hand, but it was definitely cool.” Washington Post

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John Wall had 26 points and seven assists for the Wizards, who missed a chance to win their fourth straight road game for the first time since March 2008. Nene added 13 points and five rebounds, but Bradley Beal had to be helped off the floor in the fourth quarter with a left leg injury. Beal scored 14 points in 26 minutes, but got tangled up on a screen by Wolves forward Luc Mbah a Moute with 4:25 to go. Beal was knocked to the ground and couldn’t put any pressure on his left leg as Jan Vesely and Trevor Ariza helped him to the locker room. “With the knee injuries going on this year in the NBA, you just hope (Beal‘s) isn’t one of those ones that (is) devastating,” Wall said. Washington Times

Preliminary X-rays were negative on Beal’s left knee and he will have an MRI on Saturday. “I was just trying to really get up and I really couldn’t get up,” Beal said. “Was hoping it wasn’t anything too serious or too crazy. I mean, I was able to put a little weight on it afterwards. Just have to see with the MRI tomorrow.” Washington Times

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Forget the Knicks taking a foul. They weren’t even watching what was unfolding as Beal, in his first game in three weeks, showed that his right leg has fully recovered from a stress fracture. “There was absolutely nobody even paying attention," said Beal, who had 14 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter. “So I just drove it and I had a wide-open layup." New York Daily News

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The Wizards announced on Monday that leading scorer Bradley Beal has been cleared to increase basketball-related activities, while reserve big man Al Harrington will miss at least four weeks after having surgery on his troublesome right knee. Washington Post

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After missing 26 games as a rookie, Beal told himself that he would “stop being hard-headed” and speak up at the first sign of trouble. That proactive approach is the primary reason that the Washington Wizards will be without their leading scorer for at least two weeks with a stress injury in his proximal right fibula. Once Beal felt the pain in his leg was unmanageable, he complained, got the necessary examinations and discovered the problem was more serious than he originally thought. “Kind of just popped up out of nowhere,” Beal said. “It’s been lingering for a week. I thought it was just calf soreness. Then it kind of escalated a little bit more.” Washington Post

A source close to Beal speculated that the recent leg injuries could also be a result of the 20-year-old still physically maturing. Beal actually grew an inch last summer, but doesn’t expect the problems with his leg to become chronic. “I’m not afraid of it escalating any higher than it is, or just recurring after this, but at the same time, I have to be prepared for it because injuries like this do happen to a lot of athletes and a lot of people,” Beal said. “If that happens, I am prepared for it mentally and if that happens, I’ll deal with it but for right now, I’m really not concerned about it.” Washington Post

The Washington Wizards suffered another possible blow to their rotation with starting shooting guard Bradley Beal getting an MRI on his right leg Monday. The Wizards said results of the MRI won't be known until Tuesday. Beal, who leads the team in scoring with 20.6 points per game and the league in minutes played at 40.2 per game, had been experiencing soreness in his lower right leg -- the same leg in which he suffered a stress injury last year that prematurely ended his rookie season. ESPN.com

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