Bradley Beal has some words for an NBA legend heading into All-Star Weekend after he implied the Washington Wizards were on of the “worst teams”.
Do you think Bradley Beal is still pissed off about not making the All-Star Game? If his stat lines are any indication, he most certainly is. Beal was hooping at an All-Star level before January 30 when the All-Star reserved were announced. But since, he’s taken it to another level.
In his 7 games since the snubbing, Beal has averaged 32 points, 5.4 assists, and 4.6 rebounds. The Wizards have gone 5-2 in that span.
Heading into the break, Beal is averaging more points than any non-All-Star in NBA history. If that isn’t the definition of a snub, I don’t know what is.
But some people aren’t convinced. Even before the All-Star reserves were officially announced, the Beal disrespect was already piling up. After the starters were announced, the unofficial gatekeepers (and goofballs) of the NBA, the TNT Tonight crew, released their predictions for the All-Star reserves. Of the five co-hosts, only Shaquille O’Neal listed Bradley Beal as a reserve. Turns out, most of them were right.
But even Beal’s recent scoring streak has not convinced people he deserved to be in Chicago. Most notably, Charles Barkley. When Barkley revealed his All-Star reserve predictions, he reiterated that losing teams shouldn’t be rewarded with All-Stars (despite having Derrick Rose and Andre Drummond among his reserves). That’s why he left Beal off. And now, he’s doubling down.
Just a few days before the All-Star Game, Barkley had some words for the so-called snubs…
When you’re 5-75, you don’t have the right to be snubbed. All the guys who said they were snubbed were on the worst teams.
Now Barkley didn’t mention any names, but it’s pretty clear who he’s talking about. Beal, had an All-Star clap back, though…
And Beal’s right! It’s a bit weird to hear this argument from Charles Barkley.
In 1988 the Philadelphia 76ers were heading into the All-Star Break having lost seven of their last nine games. They had a 20-22 record, and they didn’t turn it around over the back half of the season. They finished 26-46. They missed the playoffs. And somehow, Charles Barkley was still representing the 76ers in the 1988 All-Star Game.
To his credit, Barkley put up some crazy numbers on that losing team. That season, he averaged 23.8 points and 11.9 rebounds per game while shooting 58.7 percent from the field. Seeing how Barkley himself was selected an All-Star while on a losing team, it’s weird for him to come out and double down on this.
And can you even call the Washington Wizards one of the worst teams, anymore? Things were rocky there with the stretch of injuries, but times are better in D.C. The Wizards have won seven of their last twelve games heading into the break and are ninth in the East, firmly in the playoff hunt.
The truth is, Bradley Beal got snubbed and Charles Barkley knows it. Hot take though, Chuck.
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