Wizards guard Bradley Beal’s bold plan when season resumes
Beal, who has firmly established himself as one of the best players in the NBA, says his new aggressive mindset on the court has opened up his game. He said to Fred Katz of The Athletic:
“I feel like something else clicked for me,” Bradley Beal told Fred Katz of The Athletic. “I honestly changed my way of thinking in the game. Playing the game, I was honestly just more aggressive. I just had the mindset that I’m the best player on the floor, and I’m gonna go showcase that.”
Beal was on a roll before the NBA season was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and thinks that it can continue post-hiatus:
“I think it’s sustainable. I think it’s just, I changed [my] way of playing the game, because it’s not so much me running around all over the floor anymore. It’s getting straight to the point, getting right to the money. Another thing for me was getting to the free-throw line. And I feel like that opens my game up so much more.”
And what does opening the game up mean for Beal? He continued,
“Me attacking the rim, me actually dunking the ball, it gives me more opportunities to be able to score, to be able to create.”
The only way the Wizards are going to shock the world and reach the 2020 playoffs is if Beal plays at a superstar level every night in Disney World. His backcourt star, John Wall, isn’t expected to play as he’s still recovering from Achilles surgery.
Prior to games getting suspended in March, Beal was averaging 30.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.1 assists for the Wizards in 57 games. The 26-year-old was also shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 84.2 percent from the free-throw line.
The Wizards racked up only 24 wins before Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. However, Washington has a puncher’s chance of reaching the 2020 playoffs because the NBA allowed them to come to Disney World.