After the Wizards beat the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night, John Wall noted how his team may have had some extra motivation stemming from the previous meeting between the teams on Friday. Wizards players thought the Bucks violated the unwritten rules of basketball by allowing Giannis Antetokounmpo to remain on the court late in the Bucks' blowout win, apparently just to chase a career-high in scoring and pad his stats.
Wall said this:
“We felt like they whooped us badly but also you’re just up 20 or 30 points, keeping your star player in trying to get his numbers we kind of didn’t like that. We took that personal. We didn’t have (anything) written on the board. We didn’t say too much. It was a lot more chippy, a lot more trash-talking than it was in the past. As long as we got the win, we’re fine."
Well, it turns out Wall isn't the only player Giannis has irked recently. Add LeBron James to that list. The Cavaliers superstar was not pleased with Giannis' effort - along with Jabari Parker - for a very different reason, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin:
"Privately, after the Bucks beat the pants off the Cavs 118-101 on Nov. 29, James was less than impressed with how Parker and Antetokounmpo clearly played at a higher level against the Cavs than they normally do. That made James wonder why Parker and Antetokounmpo don’t make that level of play their standard and become true professionals."
It sounds like Giannis is rubbing some opponents the wrong way. But, man, is he fun to watch.
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When John Wall's and Bradley Beal's playing days are over -- whenever that may be -- they both might be well-suited for front office jobs. To a certain extent, they're already acting as high-level scouts, according to Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks.
The Wizards' stars -- who Beal previously said make up the NBA's best backcourt -- aren't just scouting their opponents around the league. Players of all different levels and around the globe are on their radar, which prompted Brooks to ask the obvious question about the two relatively new dads:
"When do they have time?"
Brooks sat down with NBC Sports Washington Wizards Insider Chris Miller on Monday and explained how closely Wall and Beal follow basketball players everywhere.
"The thing I love about John and Brad -- they love the game," Brooks said. "You can call them up. It could be high school players, it could be WNBA players, it could be college players, it could be European players -- they know them. It's like, don't you guys have a life? They know them."
Beal attended the Wizards' pre-draft workout on Monday, while Wall went to at least one similar workout in the past.
Brooks specifically highlighted Beal's ability as a scout and speculated about his potential success in the future, should the guard pursue that avenue when he's done playing.
"Bradley can do it all," Brooks said. "He's not only a great player. He's gonna be a great coach and a great general manager."
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Hungry for more analysis before the 2019 NBA Draft? Were the countless mock drafts and all the trade and free agent articles not enough? Well, we've got you covered.
Analysts from every branch of the NBC Sports Regional Network will break down the possible outcomes of the 2019 NBA Draft on Thursday, just before the draft begins.
NBA insider Tom Haberstroh will host the 2019 NBA Draft preview, with coast-to-coast interactive coverage. The special will stream live on the MyTeams app at noon and 3 p.m. ET.
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The special will be available on the MyTeams by NBC Sports App.
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How to Watch NBC Sports' 2019 NBA Draft Preview
When: Thurs. June 20
Time: 12-12:30 p.m. & 3-3:30 p.m. ET
Who: Tom Haberstroh, NBA insider. NBC Sports Wasington's Wizards Insider Chris Miller, and regional NBC Sports NBA analysts.
Stream: MyTeams App
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