There has been a great deal of buzz surrounding Wizards star Bradley Beal lately, from his back-to-back 50-point nights to the comparison of his career track record in relation to James Harden.
And though his longtime teammate John Wall hasn't been a part of that on the court, in a recent interview with The Undefeated’s senior NBA writer Marc Spears, Beal credited Wall with his development as a player and his success.
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“It just really got to the point where I realized I couldn’t develop into the player that I am today without him,” Beal said.
Wall, who suffered from an Achilles injury last February, has been sidelined for the 2019-20 season. His absence has required Beal to take an even bigger leadership role with the team on and off the court.
“And the last two years I got to see what that feels like to be in control of the ball," Beal said. "To be the point guard, basically. To know what it’s like to be in his shoes in a way. So, it’s nothing but respect from us to this day. We both grew up. We’re both grown men. We’re both alpha dominant. And I think that’s what makes us who we are. That’s what honestly drew us closer is the fact that we realized that we needed each other, and we realized that we could be what we wanted to be if we just left all the noise alone.”
The two, he said, went through their toughest experience yet when Wall's mom, Frances Pulley, died late last year after a long battle with cancer. Beal said that it was something bigger than basketball.
"That’s the first thing he told me when she passed," he said. "He was like, ‘Man, I lost my best friend.’ And it’s, like, I couldn’t fathom that. I didn’t really know what to say. I was just there for him. I’ve seen Ms. Frances from the first day I got here and she’s always loved me. She’s always treated me with respect. She’s treated me like family. She got the best sweet tea in the world. And it was just tough to be able to see my brother lose somebody that close to him. I wouldn’t be the man I am and I wouldn’t be able to look at myself the right way if I wasn’t there for him."
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