Bradley Beal didn’t travel with the Wizards when they left this morning to start a three-game road trip that begins Tuesday vs. the Portland Trail Blazers, a team official told CSNmidatlantic.com.
Beal, 22, was diagnosed with a sprained pelvis and didn’t return. He declined to speak to the media after the game and the team didn’t have an update on his status. Beal has missed 21 games this season because a shoulder injury, a stress reaction in his right fibula and a concussion. Washington’s second-leading scorer, Beal is expected to travel with the team to Portland Monday for Washington’s three-game road trip, but whether he will play Tuesday against the Trail Blazers is uncertain. Garrett Temple would return to the starting lineup if Beal is ruled out. Temple tallied 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting in 26 minutes Saturday, shooting 24.6 percent from the field and 24.1 percent from three-point range. He has also shot 58.3 percent from the free throw line in his 10 starts since the break.
J. Michael Falgoust: Beal being helped to the locker room. This doesnt look good #WizardsTalk #WizPacers @CSNWizards https://t.co/XMWaxrHlqM
Teams with an eye on Beal, a restricted free agent this summer, have expressed caution. “He’s one of the best pure shooters in the league,” a general manager told The Vertical, “but I’m scared of him.”
Porter’s ailment comes after the Wizards welcomed Bradley Beal back Wednesday from a 16-game because of a stress reaction in his right fibula. Beal scored 11 points in 23 minutes against the Bucks. He said he will play against the Pacers, but probably won’t suit up to face the Celtics on Saturday.
David Aldridge: Moving forward, Beal acknowledges he may have to watch his minutes thru the balance of his career.
J. Michael: Beal on the idea of capping his minutes: "Probably ... moving forward through the rest of my career" #WizardsTalk @CSNWizards #NBA
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, sidelined since Dec. 11 because of a stress reaction in his right fibula, said Monday that he hopes to return either Friday against the Indiana Pacers or Saturday against the Boston Celtics. Beal joined the Wizards on their two-game road trip to Orlando and Chicago to rev up his workload and said he could begin contact activity Tuesday when the Wizards return to Washington.
Beal joined the Wizards on their two-game road trip to Orlando and Chicago to rev up his workload and said he could begin contact activity Tuesday when the Wizards return to Washington. “Maybe tomorrow when we get back,” Beal said as he walked off the United Center floor after Washington’s shoot-around Monday morning.
Brock Bennett: Anything on Brad? Or is he not starting basketball activities yet! Jorge Castillo: Randy Wittman said he began doing some things over the weekend, but he's not practicing.
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, sidelined for the Wizards’ last eight games with a stress reaction in his lower right fibula, is expected to resume non-basketball activities this week for the first time since being diagnosed with the injury on Dec. 6. “Everything looks good,” Wizards Coach Randy Wittman said Sunday. “He feels good.”
Jorge Castillo: Bradley Beal was with the team this morning but has since gone back to DC. And Humphries is available again.
Marc Stein: Wizards just announced that Bradley Beal is out for at least two weeks with the "beginnings of a stress fracture" in his lower right leg
September 17, 2021 | 12:31 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Former Lakers forward Devontae Cacok will sign with the Brooklyn Nets, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. The 6-foot-7 forward will go to training camp and compete for an open two-way spot.
It speaks to both the Lakers’ historical relevance and standard of excellence as well as their current level of talent that Anthony feels this way. He clearly knows how good of a shot they have, no matter how “old” the veteran-laden roster is: “You’ve got to change your way of thinking, you’ve got to change your perspective… Being out there at this point in time of my career, we hear all of it. We hear that ‘they old’ and ‘the senior citizen home for basketball,’ but we just know what we bring to the game and what we bring to the table. And I say we’re wiser. Like we’re wise. We’re not old. 37 is young, 36 is young, it’s only old in the sports world, the basketball world. So like LeBron said, like other guys said, just watch and see. And I think people will enjoy the show.”
Now, with his real and best shot at a title in front of him, he’s putting the pressure back on himself and his talented cast of teammates to get it done (via “The Daily Show”): “There’s nothing that I’m trying to prove. If I hadn’t picked L.A., I would have been at peace walking away from the game, knowing that I gave everything I could and I still couldn’t win a championship. I would have been at peace with that. I would have been good. But now that I’m with the Lakers, I can’t be at peace with not winning a championship (laughs).”
When asked, Barnes said his favourite thing to do on the floor is applying defensive pressure, which should be no 20-year-old’s favourite thing to do on the floor. As is normal for a kid whose size and athleticism were obvious from an early age, Barnes got involved in the AAU system early, with all the attendant skill development that comes with it. That is not what defined his basketball infancy, though. “I was always playing with older guys. Me growing up, I loved playing,” Barnes said. “I’d just go to the Salvation Army, LA Fitness. And when you go to LA Fitness, it’s a bunch of 40-year-olds, 30-year-olds. I was probably like 13, 14, 12, going to LA Fitness, going to hoop, being a little kid and having fun playing those sorts of people. But it teaches you the game, seeing their knowledge, seeing how they play, seeing their patience, how they read the floor, because those players have played a long time ago. They’ve got a little bit of knowledge about basketball. … It would be so packed that if you lose, you’re not getting (back) on for two or three games.”
Moses Moody, who Golden State selected with the 14th pick in this past draft, went on to team up with Barnes (and top pick Cade Cunningham, among other future NBAers and top college players) and Montverde. His first experience with Barnes was as an opponent. “On the court, you just think he’s crazy,” Moody said. “My first time really playing against him, he did a close out, he was on the other team, I’m shooting a 3. He had his hair going everywhere — that’s when he had his dreads and stuff. He’s coming out screaming. I missed the shot. It’s crazy. I was like, ‘What’s wrong with this dude?’”
“I can predict the future, at least when it comes to basketball. Scottie Barnes is gonna be a big-time player in the NBA,” Young said, interrupting. “I think some of the knocks on him are that he doesn’t shoot it well. He’s not a polished offensive player. He does have to improve offensively. His jump shot has improved from when he got to us to, where it is now, and he’s gonna improve it more because he’s a high-character gym rat. “I get frustrated because a lot of people say he’s Draymond Green. He ain’t Draymond Green. He’s Scottie Pippen. That’s what I first saw when I saw him in the ninth grade. I saw Scottie Pippen.”
The newest Grizzlies big man recently spoke candidly about his possible tarnished reputation in the area. Via Drew Hill of the Daily Memphian: “My reputation here is actually not that great I don’t think,” Adams said. “Because Z-Bo (Zach Randolph) punched me in the face as a rookie, and then you guys lost Game 7 because of it — just to bring up some old stuff.”
A clearly agitated Randolph straight up socked a fresh-faced Steven Adams. The hilarious part is that the Kiwi big man barely even flinched, and didn’t look at all like he wanted to retaliate against his Grizzlies rival. “I definitely remember the type of battles (in Memphis), because they had a real gritty team,” he said. “(Oklahoma City) had a gritty team. Memphis had a gritty team. But Memphis has always been known as the Grindhouse, you know what I mean? “I think I have a good idea (what the culture is like), from playing against it. But I’ll just have to see what it is like when you are a part of it.”