Bradley Beal Update: Taking His Time, Should Be Ready By August
Q: What type of progression have you been able to make on your leg while you’ve been out in Las Vegas?
BEAL: “Just gradually working my way back into it. Doing my rehab, doing what the trainers need me to do. And just taking it slow and doing the best that I can.”
Q: Anything you want to do that they’re not letting you do yet?
BEAL: “Yea, I can’t do anything live. No one-on-one stuff. No contact stuff. So it’s all just [by myself] and just trying to get into the rhythm of things.”
Q: When it comes to your jumper, you’re able to get normal lift on it when you practice? There are no restrictions?
BEAL: “Yea, there’s nothing like that. I’m jumping fine. I feel fine jumping up and down and the impact of me landing. So there’s really no effect on that area.”
Q: What’s your status for Team USA mini-camp? Obviously you’ll be out here, but will you be able to participate in any way?
BEAL: “Oh, I’ll participate, but I’m not sure if I’ll do anything live, or one-on-one, or anything like that. It’s definitely going to be a while before I actually will be able to do any of that. I’m just ready to take my time.”
[NOTE: On April 6, the Wizards announced that Beal would miss the remainder of the season with a “stress injury in his right fibula” and that he was “expected to resume basketball-related activities in approximately six weeks.” There has been no official update since, but the Wizards expect him to participate in all non-contact stuff at the Team USA mini-camp and that by August, Beal should be all-systems-go. The team is, understandably, being patient over this summer, so people should not get wrapped up in the vagueness of the time-table.]
Q: What does it mean to have Martell Webster out here with you guys?
BEAL: “It’s pretty cool, it means a lot. His leadership and his passion and his will to want to get better just pushes me to want to get better as well. Having a vet like that who wants to get better and teach me some things as well is always the best.”
Q: What has stood out to you when watching the Wizards’ summer leaguers?
BEAL: “Just how well they’re playing together. The only thing that we’re really having trouble with is just making shots. If we make shots, we’re going to be pretty good. As long as we just keep moving the ball and keep defending well and rebounding, and make shots, we’ll be fine.”
Q: Otto is obviously struggling to find his comfort zone, and you faced similar struggles, not necessarily in summer league, but at the beginning of the regular season. Have you given him any specific advice on what he needs to do?
BEAL: “Just have fun. I told him maybe he’s pressing a little bit too much, trying to impress everybody, but you can’t always impress everybody. So just play the game and just have fun, that’s the most important.”
Q: Sam Cassell said he’s experimenting with Porter at different positions—the 2, 3, and might even play him some at the 4—so how do you see him ultimately fitting in?
BEAL: “He’ll do well, because he’s versatile. We can put him at the 2, 3, or the 4, so he’ll definitely be a huge asset for us.”
Otherwise, let’s check some Bradley Beal made jumpers (in flip-flops), via Vine/Twitter: