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Bradley Beal on Kevin Durant and Wizards: 'I didn't think he was going to come here'

Bradley Beal on Kevin Durant and Wizards: 'I didn't think he was going to come here'

Before Kevin Durant chose to sign with the Golden State Warriors over the summer, speculation for years tied him to the Washington Wizards, his hometown team and a franchise that had built itself a playoff roster centered around two young stars in John Wall and Bradley Beal. Durant not only declined the Wizards in free agency, he never even met with them.

The whole process came as a surprise to many fans and media members, but Beal himself said it wasn't surprising at all. The Wizards' star looked back on the KD-to-DC saga after Monday's practice at the Verizon Center, one day before Washington was set to host Durant and his first place Warriors [6:30 p.m. on CSN].

"Me personally, I didn't think he was going to come here. That was just my personal opinion, from the very beginning," Beal explained. "I don't know. I guess, being at home with his family here, he probably has a million family members here, it's probably just like extra stuff on your conscience. Just stuff on his conscience that he doesn't need and a lot of that factored into his decision. It's probably tough to play at home, it probably is. But I don't know, at the end of the day he plays with Golden State. I didn't really view it as they were trying to lure KD by hiring Coach [Scott] Brooks or anything like that. Coach Brooks is one of the best coaches that didn't have a job last year. We took full advantage of it and we love where we're at."

Beal said he paid attention to the Wizards' courtship of Durant in part because he was looking out for himself. Beal earned a five-year, $128 million extension with the Wizards and for years had paid close attention to their salary cap situation.

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"Now I don't because my deal is done. I'm good," he joked.

So, when Beal saw Durant sign with Golden State, he wasn't necessarily surprised that the Wizards were overlooked. But Beal was taken aback by Durant's final decision, to leave Oklahoma City for the Warriors, a team he had just recently lost to in the playoffs.

"I didn't like it because I felt like, as a team they beat you so going back to them was a little weird to me. But it is what it is, he made his decision and at the end of the day nobody can change that. He's comfortable. He's happy, he's a grown man and he can make whatever decision that he wants to. But I don't think it was good," Beal said.

The rumors and speculation tying Durant to the Wizards are no longer, making his return to D.C. on Tuesday night less of an event as it would have been just one year ago. Beal, for one, thinks that is a good thing.

"KD's not with us and I think our fans can finally dead that idea for now," he said.

Durant moved on and so have the Wizards.

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Troubling video of ex-NBA star Delonte West leads to suspension of Prince George's police officer

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Troubling video of ex-NBA star Delonte West leads to suspension of Prince George's police officer

A Prince George's police officer was suspended after a troubling video emerged of his interaction with former NBA player and Eleanor Roosevelt alum Delonte West handcuffed after an alleged altercation.

The disturbing video showed West handcuffed on a sidewalk after getting involved in a physical conflict with a civilian. The off-screen officer was asking West questions on what happened to the events leading to him roughed up on the side of the road. West alleges that he was approached by a man with a gun. 

Prince George's police department announced that the video was filmed by a member of their department, leading to the officer's suspension. 

"Today at 12:15 pm, we learned the video that is currently on social media depicting the male in handcuffs was recorded by a Prince George’s County Police officer. The circumstances surrounding the recording and release of that video are now the subject of an internal investigation. That officer is now suspended pending the outcome of this investigation," the department said in a release.

Another disturbing video from a bystander shows the fight between the presumed West and another unidentified man. One man was standing over the other and continuously stomping on what appears to be West.

Meanwhile, West's former teammates and coaches took to social media to express their concerns.

West played eight years in the NBA across four franchises. He played his college ball at Saint Joseph's where he was teammates with Jameer Nelson and was coached by Phil Martelli. 

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Wizards vs. Heat: TV channel, Time, Live stream, how to watch

Wizards vs. Heat: TV channel, Time, Live stream, how to watch

The Wizards snapped a three-game losing streak with a nice win over the Pistons on Martin Luther King Day. 

They won't be able to celebrate for long though as they hit the road to play an extremely good Miami Heat team just a couple of weeks after the Wizards beat them without Bradley Beal. 

Can Washington shock everyone once again and continue to play their best against great teams? Here's what you need to know to watch and find out. 

WIZARDS vs. HEAT HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Miami, Game 43

Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami FL

When: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Heat will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Heat on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. HEAT TV SCHEDULE

6:30 PM: Wizards Outsiders

7:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live 

7:30 PM: Wizards vs. Heat

10:00 PM: Wizards Postgame Live 

10:30 PM: D.C. Sports Live 

11:00 PM: Wizards Talk 

WIZARDS vs. HEAT INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: Rui Hachimura (OUT, groin), Garrison Mathews (OUT, ankle), Moe Wagner (OUT, ankle),  John Wall (OUT, Achilles)

Heat: Jimmy Butler (Day-to-day, hip), Justise Winslow (OUT, back)

 

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