Say this for Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal: He has an extremely high pain threshold.
The game clock read 9:11 of the first quarter, of the Wizards' first preseason game, and there was Beal draped across the floor in excruciating pain. Did he slam knees with JaKarr Sampson? No, it was much more delicate than that and incredibly painful.
"One, he was out of control. Two, when you have an out-of-control player the first thing is take a charge," Beal explained after Wednesday's practice. "As a man you’re supposed to protect yourself and I didn’t do that. I paid the cost. I’ll wear a cup from here on out.”
Yes, Sampson was going full speed and lifted his knee as he was attacking the rim. He split Beal between his legs and gave him an inadvertent knee lift. If this were a boxing match, the ref could've counted to 100.
Despite how painful it might've been for Beal, everyone here breathe a sigh of relief given his injury history. He was eventually able to get up and stay on the floor. It was last preseason when Beal collided with an opponent and broke his left wrist. He also has had stress reactions in his lower right leg three years in a row.
Going into his fourth NBA season, and hoping to secure an extension from the Wizards by the Oct. 31 deadline, the last thing Beal can afford is another injury.
"The guy kind of ran him over," coach Randy Wittman said. "He couldn't have gotten out of the way of that. He just needs to get a bit tougher in the midsection, a little more sit ups and stuff."