Bradley Beal said the Washington Wizards are “fighting the league” playing against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday with only eight players available and that the six wizards have been sidelined by the NBA’s health and safety protocol.
After nine days of stagnation within the team due to a coronavirus outbreak that postponed five games, the Wizards finally had to return to practice on Wednesday evening. According to coach Scott Brooks, the team had only eight players available and basically light shooting.
“We couldn’t go to the gym for a week,” said Beal, whose team hasn’t played against the Phoenix Suns since January 11. “He changes people’s rhythms, shapes – which is like a recipe for injury, honestly. I think we’re fighting the league over this.”
With a lack of a healthy body and short conditioning, Beal said he and Russell Westbrook planned to talk to Michelle Roberts, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, about Wizards’ options to stay safe.
Beal said that in addition to the Wizards wanting to be free from injuries, players around the league had “mixed feelings” about wanting to play and earn money while keeping themselves and their loved ones safe.
“We’re already out with an injury,” Beal said. “Now we have a big part of our team, like over 50%, now with viruses … We hear from the league tonight, hear from them tomorrow and see what they want to do.”
The Wizards, who are scheduled to start a four-game road trip in Milwaukee on Friday, Davis Bertons, Rui Hachimura, Denny Avadija, Troy Brown Jr., Ish Smith and Morris Wagoner, listed the game against the Bucks due to health and wellness. Security protocol.
Westbrook (Quad) was reevaluated this week and is out and Thomas Bryant (left ACL) is out for the season. Westbrook did some light work on the court on Wednesday night and will travel with the team on an upcoming road trip. But Brooks said he was not sure when Westbrook would be approved to play.
The Wizards are expected to be available to play Beal, Robin Lopez, Raul Neto, Garrison Matthews, Jerome Robinson, Isaac Bonga, Anthony Gill and Cassius Winston.
Brooks said the team was not able to practice until Wednesday evening. The Wizards are scheduled to rehearse on Thursday morning, with approximately 15 to 16 hours between the two seasons before playing the eagle.
“This is putting us in a very difficult situation for a game on Friday night,” Brooks said. “If they let us play the game, obviously we have to play the game. I don’t know how we might be able to play it, but we’re going to do the best we can, whatever it is that tells us what to do. Hai I believe in the league. “
The Memphis Grizzlies-Portland Trail Blazers game on Wednesday night became the 16th game to be postponed by the NBA this season.
“[COVID-19] Everyone is around, “Brooks said.” This is not a hoax. There are over 400,000 americans [who] Has died with this virus. And we take it seriously. You are clearly worried. “