After the NBA's announcement Wednesday of its all-league teams, most of the focus locally was centered on Bradley Beal and his latest All-NBA snub, but the Washington Wizards guard himself appeared to be focused on his league rivals like Celtics forward Jayson Tatum and what they accomplished this past season.
Tatum earned All-NBA Third Team honors on Wednesday, the first selection of his young career. Beal, who grew up with Tatum in St. Louis, chose to celebrate his friend’s accomplishment rather than complain about being overlooked once again.
“I am beyond proud of you my brother!” Beal wrote to Tatum on social media. “Work not done!”
These two have a long history of supporting each other despite playing for rival teams in the East. Beal recently congratulated the Celtics star on making it to the conference finals, while Tatum told the world that his friend was “the most underrated player in the league.”
Tatum had an impressive year, averaging 23.4 points and 7.0 rebounds a game for Boston. Meanwhile, Beal scored 30.5 points per contest for Washington, which apparently wasn’t impressive enough for All-NBA honors.