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Bradley Beal sorry for getting ejected vs. Warriors, but Wizards won't change identity as tough team

Bradley Beal sorry for getting ejected vs. Warriors, but Wizards won't change identity as tough team

The Wizards have built an identity led by John Wall, Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris as a team that will never back down to conflict and often be the instigators in a war of words. Usually, they know how to toe that line and use it to their advantage. On Friday, they succumbed to the other side of that sword.

It was an extreme case, to be fair. Beal and Draymond Green earned ejections after a fight in the final minute of the first half of the Wizards' loss to the Warriors. In most games, an eye for an eye would leave things relatively equal. But with Morris already out due to injury and the Warriors still having three All-NBA players on their roster, a close loss resulted in the Wizards kicking themselves for losing their composure. Beal's departure cost his team and he knows it.

Beal apologized to his teammates not once, but twice; at halftime and after the game was over. He felt that Green pushed him over the edge, but did not consider than an acceptable excuse.

"I told my teammates that I can’t put myself in a situation like that to leave them out there to battle it out against a tough team without me out there," he said. "It’s unacceptable by me. I have to show better leadership and control as well."

The chaos began with Beal and Green jockeying for position on a rebound. Green was in front of Beal, but quickly turned around and the two engaged in a double headlock.


But that moment was a culmination of two quarters of chatter between the teams including Beal and Green, who exchanged words after a first quarter play when Stephen Curry took a charge from Wall. The Wizards thought it was a flop.

"The refs didn’t really do too much early on. So, when you let it go on it kind of gets to a certain point where it gets like that," Wall said.

The incident could lead to suspensions for Beal, Green and others who either left the bench or found themselves in the middle of the melee. The Wizards aren't sure how the league will respond, but Wall couldn't fully blame Beal for his actions.

"He needs to protect himself as a grown man. You never want somebody to get into a fight or get ejected but I’ve been in that situation before where I was ejected and we had a chance to win where I apologized," Wall said.

And Wall can speak as well as anyone on the Wizards' mindset as a feisty team. They like to talk and don't shy from confrontation. That plays into the motto they stated last season as 'Death Row D.C.' They want to be the team that no one wants to mess with, the team that can win with physical play and tell you all about it afterwards.

On this particular night, it may have come back to bite them, but Wall doesn't expect them to soften up.

"We’re a team that no matter who you are, the defending champs or not, that’s how we play. That’s how we were brought up to compete. We know they’re the defending champs, they’ve been to three straight Finals and they’re a great team, but we’re trying to get what they’ve got. We’re not going to back down from anything they say or anything they do," Wall said.

Their style of play has earned the Wizards a growing list of rivals and the Warriors are on it. Last season they had a dispute at Oracle Arena after the Warriors ran up the score late in a blowout. Then-Wizards guard Brandon Jennings pushed Warriors center JaVale McGee when he took a three in the final minute. There was the Wall-Curry incident in this game and also a game back in 2013 when Wall was ejected for getting in the face of Klay Thompson.

All in the last calendar year, the Wizards have had beef with the Warriors, Suns, Bucks, Hawks, Magic and of course the Boston Celtics. You can add the Lakers to that list now, too, with what happened this week with LaVar Ball. The common theme: the Wizards aren't afraid of confrontation, whether verbal or physical, in the media or on the court itself.

Though the Wizards and Warriors only see each other two times per season, it has become a rivalry. The next time they see each other is on Feb. 28 at Capital One Arena, and surely the Wizards will keep all of this in mind, but also know they can't let it affect their chances to win.


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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

The NBA officially announced a list of 20 players invited to the Green Room at the 2018 NBA Draft. Provided that all attend, here's a list of who'll be there.

  • Miles Bridges, Michigan State
  • Mikal Bridges, Villanova
  • Marvin Bagley III, Duke
  • Mohamed Bamba, Texas
  • Collin Sexton, Alabama
  • Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
  • Lonnie Walker IV, Miami
  • Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova
  • Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech
  • Aaron Holiday, UCLA
  • Deandre Ayton, Arizona
  • Wendell Carter Jr., Duke
  • Luka Doncic, Slovenia
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky
  • Kevin Knox, Kentucky
  • Michael Porter Jr., Missouri
  • Robert Williams, Texas A&M
  • Trae Young, Oklahoma
  • Chandler Hutchison, Boise State
  • Jerome Robinson, Boston College

There are two players each invited from Villanova, Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky.

The 2018 NBA Draft will be Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be broadcast on ESPN and streamed live on WatchESPN. The Wizards have Nos. 15 and 44 picks.


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The 2018 NBA Doomsday Mock Draft: A comical look at every team's worst-case scenario


The 2018 NBA Doomsday Mock Draft: A comical look at every team's worst-case scenario

The 2018 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 21 and once again provides a glimmer of hope for even the most downtrodden franchises.

The NBA Draft is where teams can prepare for the future; where teams can rebuild and reload.

But the NBA Draft is often a crapshoot. Teams waffle on taking the best fit versus the best available player. Teams often panic and rest on laurels of draft years past. Fans like to build draft stereotypes for individual franchises, and while a lot of that is stupid Internet conjecture, it's fun to talk about and is often some actual truth to it.

So what follows is a look at the Doomsday Mock Draft. What your favorite team is likely to do if all else fails, which it often does.

1. Phoenix Suns: A franchise center who spends his first contract working with the Suns' medical staff more than his teammates.

2. Sacramento Kings: Someone who won't be a member of the Kings by the time 2022 rolls around.

3. Atlanta Hawks: Someone that will make Dennis Schroder unhappy.

4. Memphis Grizzlies: A Mike Conley Jr. repair kit.

5. Dallas Mavericks: Not the heir apparent to Dirk Nowitzki.

6. Orlando Magic: A reach that won't pan out.

7. Chicago Bulls: Someone from Iowa State, probably.


9. New York Knicks: /inserts .GIF of Spike Lee looking disappointed/

10. Philadelphia 76ers: Another big man because HINKIE 4 LYFE.

11. Charlotte Hornets: A North Carolina Tar Heel.

12. Los Angeles Clippers: A playmate for the head coach's son.

13. Los Angeles Clippers: DeAndre Jordan 2.0.

14. Denver Nuggets: Yet another athletic guard.

15. Washington Wizards: Nope. Not touching this one.

16. Phoenix Suns: Someone to pass Devon Booker the ball.

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Wingspan. Nothing but wingspan.

18. San Antonio Spurs: One of the Space Jam villains who conveniently falls to the Spurs (See: Leonard, Kawhi. Anderson, Kyle. Murray, Dejounte)

19. Atlanta Hawks: Someone to replace Dennis Schroder.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Someone who Tom Thibideau can play 60 minutes of a 48-minute game.

21. Utah Jazz: A real glue guy. A gym rat. A high-motor guy. Intangibles. Grit. Moxie. 

22. Chicago Bulls: A two-way player who will ultimately get punched in the face by Bobby Portis.



25. Los Angeles Lakers: The subject of Lonzo Ball's next diss track.

26. Philadelphia 76ers: A pallet of knockoff burner phones.

27. Boston Celtics: A draft night trade for more draft picks they probably won't use.

28. Golden State Warriors: An unfairly good player.

29. Brooklyn Nets: An unfairly bad player.

30. Atlanta Hawks: We ran out of Dennis Schroder jokes.