Bradley Beal joined Justin Kutcher and Glenn Consor on NBC Sports Washington to help call the Wizards' second bubble game against the Nets Sunday. He covered a wide range of topics from his shoulder rehab, the lack of consideration he's received on All-NBA ballots and his impressions on how the young Wizards have played so far in Orlando.
As former Wizards and current Nets forward Garrett Temple entered the game for the first time, Beal took time to praise how great it was to be his teammate in Washington.
"He's the greatest teammate I've ever had," Beal said. "He's a true brother to me, a true mentor. I always credit him for teaching me how to be a true professional in the game of basketball and in the NBA."
Temple spent four seasons with the Wizards from 2012-16, which just so happen to have been Beal's first four years in the NBA. Whatever Temple did to help Beal along certainly worked, as the latter is now one of the best shooting guards in the NBA.
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But no matter how good Beal has become, Temple still feels pretty good about his chances when his teams face off with the Wizards.
"Just to see his growth in the NBA and what he's taught me is always fun, but one thing I know that when I play against him, I'm gonna get his best," Beal said. "He's one of the greatest defenders in the league, so that's where the fun comes in because he thinks he knows my moves, but he doesn't."
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The 33-year-old Temple experienced a career-year with the Nets in 2019-20. With Kevin Durant out for the year, the team underwent a bit of an offensive overhaul to adjust to the arrival of Kyrie Irving. Some young Brooklyn players struggled with the adjustment, which opened the door for Temple to become a consistent part of the rotation.
He certainly made the most of his opportunity, averaging 10.1 points and 2.5 assists per game on just over 28 minutes a night. His consistent play even earned himself a spot on Irving's controversial list of players in the Nets' championship core.
Based on what Beal's memories of Temple, it's not all that surprising for a player like Irving, who's had quite the number of teammates over the last three years, thinks highly of him too.
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