Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal mentioned it was “surprising” and a “powerful tablet to swallow” to see John Wall traded to the Houston Rockets for Russell Westbrook however believes he and Westbrook will “mesh effectively.”
Wall and Beal had been teammates for the previous eight seasons, however Wall has not performed in two years because of an Achilles harm. The pair reached the playoffs 4 instances however had been unable to get previous the second spherical.
Beal mentioned the 2 days for the reason that commerce have been “emotional.”
“It was undoubtedly type of surprising and loopy to see the information the opposite day,” Beal mentioned. “You perceive it is the enterprise of basketball. … It was a troublesome tablet for me to swallow too, however on the flip aspect you take a look at it and see who we’re bringing in and the caliber of participant in Russ and what he is ready to do, former MVP, strolling triple-double, he’s going to deliver a spark to our crew and an power to our metropolis.”
Westbrook, 32, involves Washington with a popularity for desirous to win badly in addition to his trademark aggressive and attacking nature on the courtroom. Beal, who flourished in Wall’s absence and averaged a career-high 30.5 factors and 6.1 assists final season, mentioned he will not purchase into any damaging narratives about Westbrook being tough to play with. Beal mentioned he’s excited to see what he can do with Westbrook.
“I feel there may be plenty of false narratives that folks have on him,” mentioned Beal, who additionally referred to as Westbrook an incredible level guard. “So I will not put any inventory into these issues till I get a while with Russ on the ground. I do not suppose will probably be something the place he is available in and he is like making an attempt to run the present and simply do every part by himself. He realizes it is a group effort.”
“I do not suppose will probably be any points,” Beal added. “Simply the truth that I like to play on the ball slightly bit greater than in years previous will be the solely [adjustment], however simply him with the ability to defer to [Paul George], defer to [Kevin Durant], defer to James [Harden] at instances, that’s going to be the identical factor.”
Wizards common supervisor Tommy Sheppard mentioned buying and selling Wall, the franchise’s decide at No. 1 general in 2010, was essentially the most tough choice he has made in his practically three a long time in basketball. However he additionally mentioned that Westbrook will assist the Wizards “hit our stride slightly faster” since Wall hasn’t performed since Dec. 26, 2018.
“I felt it was my duty for the Wizards to get higher and to have the chance to accumulate a participant who’s a nine-time All-NBA participant,” mentioned Sheppard, who began the digital convention by saluting Wall for his influence on the franchise and the D.C. neighborhood. “There’s 28 individuals in historical past which have been an All-NBA participant a minimum of 9 instances. There’s 4 lively within the NBA: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook. His résumé speaks for itself.”
Beal mentioned he and Wall have had a number of conversations for the reason that commerce, together with an emotional second when Wall visited the Wizards facility one remaining time to say goodbye.
“I am making an attempt to not get emotional now,” Beal mentioned of that second. “It is powerful as a result of he is a brother. You notice that relationship was so robust, nevertheless it was so loopy as a result of lots of people tried to interrupt us aside, lots of people tried to place us aside, put us towards one another, and it was at all times loopy as a result of after we got here collectively and had these conversations, it was the whole reverse of what everyone was making and the rumors and the noise.”