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Beal pledges to channel inner-MJ against Bulls’ Satoranský

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Bradley Beal watched "The Last Dance" closely.

And during this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, the Washington Wizards guard said he plans to channel his inner Michael Jordan when he faces off against former teammate, and current Chicago Bull, Tomáš Satoranský.

“Same thing. Same thing (as 'The Last Dance'),” Beal said during a 1-on-1 interview with NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller when asked about facing off against current and former teammates during the Games. “I got Tomáš.”

That’s a reference to Jordan and Scottie Pippen intentionally teaming up to smother Toni Kukoč during a Preliminary Round game during the 1992 Olympics. With a vendetta against general manager Jerry Krause, who drafted Kukoč, in mind, the two held the Croatian star to 2-for-10 shooting in a 33-point blowout victory.

 

“Toni Kukoč became a great teammate. And I love Toni Kukoč for who he is,” Jordan said in Episode 5 of the documentary. “But the way he was introduced to me and Scottie, I didn’t appreciate it. And it drove my energy.”

Added Pippen: “It wasn’t anything personal about Toni. But we were going to do everything we could to make Jerry look bad.”

Beal’s pledge is more light-hearted. He extended it to Rui Hachimura (Japan), Moe Wagner (Germany) and Isaac Bonga (Germany) as well.

But a matchup against Satoranský and the Czech Republic looms on July 31. The Americans and Czechs both find themselves in Group A of the Preliminary Round after Satoranský led the latter on an unlikely qualifying run earlier this month.

In four qualifying games, Satoranský averaged 16 points 5.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds, earning MVP honors for the tournament. So he’ll be no easy cover.

But Beal’s message to his ex-teammate of three seasons was simple:

“We'll see y'all in Tokyo.”

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