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Scott Brooks: Bradley Beal is one of the NBA's best overall players

Scott Brooks: Bradley Beal is one of the NBA's best overall players

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks always has nice things to say about Bradley Beal, his star shooting guard. But on Thursday night's 'Wizards Greatest Hits' broadcast on NBC Sports Washington, he took it up a notch with his praise.

While speaking with host Chris Miller as they watched back the Wizards' Jan. 2019 win over the Knicks in London, Brooks shared some very high compliments of Beal.

"He is really one of the best players in the league," Brooks said. "All-around, not only at guard, he is one of the best players in the league. His game has improved so much over the past three years. He's getting better every year."

As they watched the fourth quarter of that Wizards-Knicks game, Brooks went on about how Beal can flip a switch during crunch time and how sometimes all it takes is a quick conversation between them.

"There are times where I need him to take over a game. I just say 'Brad, it's time,'" Brooks said.

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The best line from Brooks may have been when Beal not making the 2019-20 All-Star team came up. Brooks' coaching peers vote on the reserves and they famously left Beal out, which made for some history combined with his scoring average at the time.

Brooks wants to know from other NBA coaches: "If you don't think he's an All-Star, then why are you double-teaming every single time we play?"

If you get an answer to that question, Scott, be sure to let us know.

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Scott Brooks says Rockets with Hakeem Olajuwon could have taken 90s Bulls

Scott Brooks says Rockets with Hakeem Olajuwon could have taken 90s Bulls

With Michael Jordan leading the way, the Chicago Bulls won the NBA championship six out of eight years from 1991 through 1998. The only two years they didn't win it, Jordan was retired for the first and for most of the second.

The Houston Rockets, led by Hakeem Olajuwon, took advantage by winning those two championships, in 1994 and 1995. And because Jordan wasn't in the picture, many have wondered what would have happened if those Rockets met the Bulls in the NBA Finals with Jordan in his prime.

Well, one guy who has an interesting perspective on the matter is Wizards head coach Scott Brooks, who won a ring with the Rockets in 1994. He also played for the 1994-95 team, but was traded midseason.

Brooks joined the Wizards Talk podcast this week and said he thinks the 1994 Rockets still would have won the title.

"[The Bulls] had no answer for [Olajuwon]. It's easy for me to say this now because it's all hypothetical, but I don't think they would have beat us in '94," Brooks said. 

"Now, the next year it could have been a different story. But that '94 team, 'Dream' was, it was like destiny. He was locked in. I've never seen a guy up close every fourth quarter, I don't even think he missed a shot, let alone make a mistake. He had both ends just covered."

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Brooks also recalled a story from those years involving Jordan and his Rockets teammate Vernon Maxwell talking trash to each other.

"I remember one time they were just going at each other, going at it. You could tell it was getting a little dicey. It was like 'okay, this might be a fight, actually.' They got nose to nose one time," Brooks said.

"[Maxwell] said 'man, I don't care how many blank-blank commercials you're in, I don't care how many Nike commercials, I don't care how many McDonald's commercials; I will blank-blank your butt. I'm not intimidated by all the commercials.' I'm looking at him like 'gosh darn, Vernon, you know you're talking to Jordan, right?' He wasn't afraid."

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Wizards' Greatest Hits: How to watch Wizards 2019 London miracle victory over the New York Knicks

Wizards' Greatest Hits: How to watch Wizards 2019 London miracle victory over the New York Knicks

The next edition of NBC Sports Washington's Wizards' Greatest Hits travels back in time to the first time the Wizards won a regular season game overseas.

Down by 19 in the first half, Knicks' Luke Kornet’s 14 points and Damyean Dotson’s 13 led New York to an early lead. But, the team's competitive fire is the reason they were capable of fighting back and coming within striking distance. 

"We're a competitive team," Beal said. "Win, lose, or draw, we stick together. We keep our heads high, we continue to get better. We're right here in the playoff hunt, which is where we want to be."

Wizards center Thomas Bryant capped off an impressive comeback with a game-winning basket on a goaltend with 0.4 seconds remaining. The Wizards trailed by a point after forcing their ninth turnover of the fourth quarter with 3.3 seconds left. Bradley Beal, who had 26 points in the game, gathered the in-bounds pass out of the timeout and found Bryant cutting to the rim.

You can relive that game (check your channel finder here). Here's everything you need to know. 

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How to Watch: Wizards' Greatest Hits

Who: Washington Wizards @ New York Knicks — January 17, 2019

When: May 28 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: NBC Sports Washington (channel finder), Stream on the NBC Sports MyTeams App

Guest: Scott Brooks

Broadcast Schedule

6:00 PM Wizards Greatest Hits Wizards vs Bulls from April 29, 2014 (R)

7:00 PM Wizards Greatest Hits Wizards vs Knicks from January 17, 2019 (P)

8:00 PM American Ninja Warrior Denver Qualifying Hour 1 (R)

9:00 PM American Ninja Warrior Denver Qualifying Hour 2 (R)

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