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Pierce Speaks Truth to Beal’s ‘Big Panda’ Moniker

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Updated: October 1, 2014
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“Where is Panda?” shouted Paul Pierce at Wizards Media Day on Monday, as he and John Wall were looking for the third-year guard to wrap up a group photo shoot.

Whoa! Followers of this site know how much all the writers here have embraced Beal’s “Big Panda” nickname, which was given to him last season by Wall.

But has Beal taken to the moniker? It seems likely: Both he and his girlfriend, Mikala, began using the name, along with panda emojis, on social media. 

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But how does “The Truth” already know about the nickname? “He got the panda chain,” Pierce explained, while Wizards employees continued to search for Beal.

Beal has gone all-in on “Big Panda” with customized jewelry? Double whoa! It was a good run for those media types holding on to the possibility of a “Blue Magic” nickname — zoomorphism has won the day.

I asked Beal to verify Pierce’s claim.

“Yeah, I got a panda necklace,” he said. “I got the nickname ‘Big Panda’ last year because I eat a lot, so it kinda just stuck with me. I figured that I had to get it. A jeweler made it for me — it is pretty cool.”

Beal didn’t have the panda bling with him, but here is a photo of it on Instagram.

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There happens to be another young and famous panda that resides in Washington, D.C.: Bao Bao. The crew at TAI has adopted the baby panda’s given name as an additional nickname for Beal. In July, I sent him an update on Bao Bao’s habits at the National Zoo and Bradley showed his support with a retweet.

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And when Bao Bao turned 1 in August, Bradley made sure to recognize her birthday:

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So, of course, I had to ask Bradley about his thoughts on being called Bao Bao.

“It is not a bad name,” laughed Beal. “It is pretty unique. It has two B’s and those are my initials, so I can feel it.”

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Adam is a bro from the Midwest who's been bopping around the District of Columbia for years. He's down with a range of sports, etc. and has covered the Washington Wizards for TAI since 2010.