By Shawn Dennis
Whenever your wife gets into your work affairs, you know something isn’t right. After coming off another game with 40-plus points and scoring 24 of those in the third quarter against the Pelicans on Wednesday night, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards lost once again.
Beal’s wife Kamiah Adams-Beal had this to say in defense of her husbands performance in spite of another loss:
Sick of it
— Kamiah Adams-Beal (@KamiahAdams) January 28, 2021
A reporter asked Beal postgame what it’s like knowing that whatever facial expression he makes on the bench or in the game while losing, it’s going to turn into a meme or tweet to which Beal responded:
“I’m mad about losing, if I’m sitting over there laughing and smiling what is the media going to say at the end of the night? I just hate losing… And I’m going to continue showing pissed off faces.”
A naïve question followed by a legitimate and respectable answer by Beal, who has continued to keep his cool and determination to not let out his frustration on reporters who are waiting for him to make that “James Harden-esque” move of crying out that he’s had enough.
Beal’s average of 35.4 points per game is a league best, with Kevin Durant sitting nearly 5 points behind him in second (30.5). The 27-year-old shooting guard has yet to score less than 25 points once this season through 14 games and also has a 60 point game against the Sun’s under his belt, a game they still barely won against the Phoenix Suns.
The Wizard’s have had a losing record for the past two seasons mainly because of the absence of John Wall and losing players in free agency/trades like Dwight Howard, Markieff Morris, Jeff Green, and others. With teams that had losing records last season like the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, and some may even argue the Cleveland Cavaliers or the New York Knicks only getting better and showing the potential to win more games down the stretch, the Wizards have to realize that this isn’t their season to go after the playoffs.
Another wild stat to add to the Wizards troubles is the fact that Russell Westbrook has as many shots taken as points scored (163). Yes, there are 58 more games to be played this season, but the Wizards don’t have the right spell or enough magic to dig themselves out of this deep of a hole and they need to rebuild before anything else.
Stephen A. Smith showed his frustrations of the Wizards holding onto Bradley Beal on his show “First Take” stating: “Bradley Beal is a star. He deserves better than what he is getting in the nation’s capital. The Washington Wizards, at this moment in time, are atrocious.”
Nothing of what Stephen A. said is blasphemous whatsoever. Beal has been living up to his 5-year, $127 million contract that expires after this season. That is the most important factor in this equation. Why on earth would Beal stay after this year and why wouldn’t the Wizards be seeking any trade they can get while they have the opportunity to get something in return for the all-star?
Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard has less than two months to make calls and seek out his options for the potential scoring title champion this season. Sheppard needs to do his franchise, fans, and the player, who just broke a record for losing 10 straight games while scoring 40 or more points, a favor by trading him. Tweets have broke left and right from Wizards fans begging to see Beal on a winning team like he deserves.
I wonder if Beal’s mindset has altered from his previous quotes made to reporter Marc Spears in March of 2020 when he told the media: “I hate change. If it happens, it happens. But if I can control it, I will finish in D.C.” That grind it out and be the Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki-type player as Beal also mentioned is a rare mentality to have in this league, but being on a team that has the best chance to win it all should be his main priority for his foreseeable future.
Regardless of Beal’s aspirations and hopes to stick it out in D.C. the trade rumors are going to swirl until the deadline in March and I truly hope one of them comes true.