Wizards’ Bradley Beal admits he’s ‘a little pissed off’ after not making All-Star reserves
Despite averaging 28.6 points (6th in the league) to go along with 4.5 rebounds, and 6.4 assists, Beal’s name was left off the Eastern Conference All-Star reserves list.
Beal, who was named an All-Star the last two seasons, addressed the snub shortly after leading the Wizards to a 121-107 win over the Charlotte Hornets at Capital One Arena.
“A little pissed off about it, but I know I am. I was kind of expecting it honestly. It’s disrespectful, but the real ones know. I’m gonna try and get my team in the playoffs for sure,” he said in a clip from SportsCenter.
"A little pissed off about it … It's disrespectful. … I'm gonna try and get my team in the playoffs for sure."
Strong words from Bradley Beal postgame when he was asked about missing the All-Star game. pic.twitter.com/VxaZ5VieUn
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 31, 2020
Beal went off against the Hornets. He finished a rebound and assist shy of a triple-double with 34 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists in 35 minutes. He shot 7-of-16 from the field and drilled six of his 12 attempts from distance.
The 26-year-old Florida product was unconscious in the second half. He taunted defender Miles Bridges for his inability to guard him. Beal received a technical foul shortly after draining a trey right over Bridges’ defense.
“You can’t guard me. You can’t guard me. I’ve got 30.” —Bradley Beal to Miles Bridges before sinking the free throw.
On the next play, Beal hit a three and got in his face afterwards. Cold. pic.twitter.com/Zf7gzb3qxB
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 31, 2020
Beal has been an efficient first option for the Wizards this year. He has shot a high percentage from the field (45.3 percent) and from downtown (32.5 percent). With fellow All-Star John Wall out for the season, Beal has also evolved into a great playmaker, leading his team in assists.
The Wizards, however, have floundered at 11th place in the East with a 16-31 slate. Washington’s inability to string up wins may have factored into the coaches’ decision to exclude him from the team.