Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal said it was “shocking” and “a hard pill to swallow” to see John Wall trade the Houston Rockets for Russell Westbrook, but believes He and Westbrook will “mesh well.”
Wall and Beal were teammates for the past eight seasons, but Wall has not played in two years due to an Akilis injury. The pair reached the playoffs four times but could not advance to the second round.
Beal said the business has been “emotional” since day two.
“It was definitely shocking and crazy to see the news the other day,” Beal said. “You understand it’s a basketball business. … It was a tough shot for me as well, but on the flip side you look at it and see which player we are bringing caliber in and juice and what is that A former MVP, capable of running triple-double, he is going to be a spark for our team and an energy in our city. “
Westbrook, 32, wants to win badly for Washington with a reputation for his trademark offensive and attacking nature on the court. Beal, who thrived in Wall’s absence and averaged a career-high 30.5 points and 6.1 assists last season, said he would not buy into any negative narratives about Westbrook having a difficult time playing. Beal said he is excited to see what they can do with Westbrook.
“I think people have a lot of false statements about him,” said Beal, who also called Westbrook a great point guard. “So I’m not going to put any stock in those things, until I get some time with the juice on the floor. I don’t think it’s going to be anything where he comes in and he’s trying to run the show and just everybody. Wants to do something by himself. He feels that it is a group effort. “
“I don’t think that would be a problem,” Beal said. “Just the fact that I like to play on the ball may be a little bit more than in previous years [adjustment]But just to be able to [Paul George], defer to [Kevin Durant]Is safe for james [Harden] Many times, it is going to be the same thing. “
Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard said the franchise’s trading wall, ranked No. 3 overall in 2010, was the toughest decision in his basketball in nearly three decades. But he also said that Westbrook would help Wizard to “hit our stride a little faster” as Wall has not played since December 26, 2018.
“I felt it was my responsibility to get better for the Wizards and to have the opportunity to acquire a player who is a nine-time All-NBA player,” Sheppard said. Franchise and DC Community. “There are 28 people in history who have been All-NBA players at least nine times. There are four active in the NBA: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook. His resume speaks for itself.”
Beal said that he and Wall have interacted several times since the business, including an emotional moment when Wall visited the Wizard facility one last time to say goodbye.
“I’m trying not to get emotional anymore,” Beal said of that moment. “It’s tough because he’s a brother. You realize the relationship was so strong, but it was so crazy because a lot of people tried to separate us, a lot of people tried to separate us, gave us a – Pitted against the other, and it was always crazy because when we came together and had those conversations, it was the opposite of what everyone was making and there was rumors and noise. “