Wizards’ Bradley Beal’s agent reacts to Washington guard’s All-Star snub
Mark Bartelstein, Bradley’s agent, said that the guard has been playing his heart out. But the coaches have ignored his efforts. For Bartelstein, they took it ‘against’ Beal that he remained with a struggling Wizards squad instead of joining and building a powerhouse team.
“[Beal] has gone & played his heart out every single night to try to make them as competitive…& coaches have held it against him that he decided to stay the course of the team instead of jumping ship & joining someone’s bandwagon & I think that’s a terrible msg.”
He added that there’s a good reason why Beal placed second among player votes. Bartelstein believes that there was a plan to take Beal out of the All-Star selection. The All-Star selections have been pretty controversial as it affects future contract negotiations.
Bradley Beal’s agent Mark Bartelstein rips Eastern Conference coaches for the all-star snub.
Bartelstein: “I think they’ve sent a horrible message.” pic.twitter.com/M0l6SzDiGv
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) January 31, 2020
Beal is averaging 28.6 points (sixth in the NBA), 4.4 rebounds, and 6.3 assists. Like what his agent said, the Wizards are in a rebuilding year as star guard John Wall remains out due to an injury.
The East All-Star reserves are Jimmy Butler, Ben Simmons, Kyle Lowry, Khris Middleton, Domantas Sabonis, Jayson Tatum, Bam Adebayo. While the West All-Star reserves are Nikola Jokic, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Chris Paul, Brandon Ingram, Russell Westbrook.
The starters for the East, which were revealed last week, are Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakam, Kemba Walker, Trae Young, and Giannis Antetokounmpo (captain). While West starters are Anthony Davis, Luka Doncic, James Harden, LeBron James (captain), and Kawhi Leonard.
As captains, James and Antetokounmpo will get to form their own teams for the Feb. 16 game, choosing from a player pool that includes the other eight starters and the 14 reserves, regardless of conference designation.