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Bradley Beal still feels 'disrespected' by referees

Bradley Beal still feels 'disrespected' by referees

Back in December following a tough loss to the Clippers, Bradley Beal's frustration with the referees boiled over. 

"Honestly, [my frustration] is out the roof," Beal said that night. "It really is. It's really unfair and unacceptable that they allow a lot of stuff to go on with me out there and I do not calls. Period. It's just unacceptable."

Everything for the Wizards' offense this season starts and ends with Beal, and while he's averaging career-best scoring numbers, he remains frustrated at how he doesn't get to the foul line enough. 

In a 134-129 loss to the Heat Wednesday night, Beal went off for 38 points on 16-24 shooting to go with nine rebounds and four assists. He only had four free throw attempts, resulting in another postgame riff about how he and his team aren't officiated the same as others. 

“It’s kind of sad the way we get disrespected," he said. "Especially myself getting disrespected like I do because I attack the basket.”

Among 32 players who average at least 20 points, Beal ranks ninth in free throw attempts per game. The Wizards themselves are 14th in the NBA in free throw attempts per game. 

What had Beal particularly upset was not getting the whistle when he aggressively attacked the basket in the game's final moments.

"You can look at my last three drives and I got fouled on all three of them," he said. 

The NBA doesn't typically tolerate players and coaches openly criticizing referees after games. Beal knows he could be fined for his comments, so it shows just how frustrated the two-time All-Star is with how he's being called this season. 

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John Wall played 5-on-5 with 6-time All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire

John Wall played 5-on-5 with 6-time All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire

John Wall appears to have made another big step in his recovery from Achilles surgery.

As the Wizards traveled down to Miami to take on the Heat Wednesday night, Wall took some time to play in 5-on-5 drills with a six-time NBA All-Star. 

Wall told Candace Buckner that he played 5-on-5 with Amar'e Stoudemire at a local hotel Wednesday. Stoudemire, a Miami native who hasn't played in the NBA since 2016, used to be one of the best and fiercest pick and roll finishers in the NBA. 

This is a big step for Wall, who was most recently playing in 4-on-4 drills with his Wizards teammates last week.

While the Wizards have not ruled Wall out from returning this season, the expectation is that his first game back will be in October of 2020. Meanwhile, the Wizards find themselves four games out of the eighth spot in the playoffs despite dealing with an unreal number of injuries for the better part of a month. 

We may never know how Wall looked in those 5-on-5's with Stoudemire or if the two played together. All I know is that Wall playing with a Stoudemire in his prime would be one of the greatest connections in NBA history. 

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Kobe Bryant claims Elena Delle Donne, other WNBA stars could play in NBA

Kobe Bryant claims Elena Delle Donne, other WNBA stars could play in NBA

When Kobe Bryant talks people tend to listen whether they love him or hate him. 

And when a basketball player of his caliber claims that a number of players from the WNBA could play right now in the NBA, it elicits quite the reaction. 

In an interview with CNN, Bryant explained how he feels stars like Elena Delle Donne, Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore could all keep up with current NBA players. 

"I think there are a couple of players who could play in the NBA right now, honestly," Bryant said. "Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore, Elena Delle Donne. There's a lot of great players out there, so they could certainly keep up with them."

Delle Donne is coming off a monster season with the Mystics. She secured her second MVP award in 2019 and won her first championship with Washington after beating the Connecticut Sun in five games. 

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