John Wall responds to rumored bad blood with Bradley Beal
The 29-year-old playmaker, who has yet to suit up in the 2019-20 season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon, denied allegations of bad blood between him and Beal in an appearance on ESPN’s Game Time on Monday.
“I have no problems with Brad. I want to win as much as he do. I won’t be myself if I didn’t have him. I don’t feel like he’ll be himself if he didn’t have me,” Wall said.
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Playing without John Wall in the 2019-20 campaign, Bradley Beal has gone bananas and tallied career-highs across the board.
In 57 games before the season was suspended, Beal averaged 30.5 points (second in the league behind James Harden) while shooting at a high clip of 45.5 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from 3-point territory.
Pundits argue that Beal’s ascent has somehow made Wall expendable, as the 26-year-old sharpshooter is also averaging a career-best 6.1 assists this year.
Wall, meanwhile, acknowledged Beal’s massive improvements and expressed his excitement about getting the chance to play alongside him with the Wizards once more.
“He got an opportunity to be on the court by himself. When the other star player that you play without, you’re supposed to step into another level. That’s what he had developed his game and evolved. I can’t wait to get to play with a person like that. Cause when I played with him he wasn’t on this level. The way he’s playing now it makes him more dangerous the way he can create for people and create for himself even more,” the Wizards floor general furthered.
Beal’s improvement has been duly noted by other teams in the league, as he was involved in several trade talks prior to the deadline.
The Wizards, on the other hand, were on right in the thick of the playoff hunt prior to the suspension of the season. They hold a 24-40 slate and are currently 9th in the East.