Just a season ago the Washington Wizards were viewed as an up and coming team in the NBA’s Eastern Conference with young anchors John Wall and Bradley Beal along with a long shot chance to lure hometown product Kevin Durant to DC this past summer. With Durant opting to sign with the Golden State Warriors, the Wizards locked up Beal to the tune of a 5 year, $127 million extension.
One of task of new Wizards coach Scott Brook is to ensure that his two star guard can coexist but Wall recently indicated that he and Beal may not see eye to eye while sharing the court.
“I think a lot of times we have a tendency to dislike each other on the court,” said Wall
While going into more detail Wall seemed to change his tune a bit and indicated that the communication needs to be better between he and Beal.
“We got to be able to put that to the side. If you miss somebody on one play or don’t have something… come to each other and talk.
“Now that you have your money you got to go out there and improve your game. I want you to be an All-Star just as much as I’m an All-Star. If we were playing well as a tandem like the other two superstars that play together as a backcourt, play as a tandem, one night it’s going to be his night, one night it’s going to be mine, some nights it might be both of us. Those are nights it’s going to be tough to beat us.”
Beal was able to share his thoughts on the situation as well and indicated that both parties have the ability to be “the guy”.
“It’s tough because we’re both alphas,” Beal said. “It’s always tough when you have two guys who firmly believe in themselves, who are better on themselves than anyone else, and who want to be, you know, that…..But we both can be that guy … and sometimes I think we both lose sight that we need each other.”
The two will indeed need one another if the Wizards are to return to the NBA Playoffs after taking a season off. As currently constructed the Wizards are a couple of pieces away from being a player in the East. Losing Nene was a blow but Markieff Morris and Ian Mahinmi will benefit from the loss. There’s no question that Wall’s and Beal’s relationship will make or break the franchise going forward.