Wes Unseld Jr Rumors
Quinton Mayo: There’s a strong possibility Rui Hachimura doesn’t travel on the upcoming road trip, Wes Unseld Jr. says. WUJ says that Rui is still in “phase 1” of his return to play plan, and hasn’t started 5v5 contact. As I’ve mentioned before, Rui may not return until end of year/January.
As Wes Unseld Jr. typically does after victories, he checked in with each player in the locker room. Often Unseld merely bumps fists with a player at that player’s locker, pats him on the back or says something along the lines of “good job.” But after the Wizards beat the Dallas Mavericks 120-114, with Bradley Beal playing a decisive role, Unseld had a specific message for his star.
Unseld wanted Beal to know Beal outdid himself this time — putting the team first by consistently making the “right” basketball play instead of trying to win the game all on his own. The scene illustrated the difficult adjustment Beal is trying to make, and it also showed how much Unseld appreciates his star’s efforts to make that adjustment.