Bradley Beal is getting candid.
In an exclusive 1-on-1 interview, the 2-time All-Star sits down to talk making the All-Star roster, what the 2018-19 season has been like, becoming a father and much more on the Wizard Talk podcast with NBC Sports Washington Wizards insider Chris Miller.
"They made me a little nervous," Beal said on waiting on the All-Star announcement. "A lot of names going by and that list was getting real scarce. When my name came across the screen, like you said, a big sigh of relief and definitely a huge accomplishment and all that."
But making the All-Star roster hasn't been the only highlight this season for the 25-year-old. Back in July, Beal welcomed his son Bradley Emmanuel Beal II and his arrival has impacted the shooting guard on and off the court.
"It's already motivation in itself," Beal said.
"Having a son, being a role model, being a man, an example for him on and off the court. On the floor, he just turns me into this person that I've developed into, I don't know what it is but ever since I became a father my whole mindset of the game changed and my approach to the game changed. I embrace it. I feel like I have a lot more to play for. I have a lot more to be happy about. A lot more joy, more peace. 'Cause at the end of the game, win lose or draw, I'm gonna go home to my son. That will never change and that's the best feeling in the world in my opinion. It's even better when I'm able to perform and get a win, be able to show him my highlights and show him who he has to be one day."
To listen to Beal's full interview, click the podcast below.
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The Washington Wizards have reportedly offered their vacant general manager position to Tim Connelly. The news was first reported by the Athletic.
Here are five things to know about him...
1. Connelly is a Baltimore native who transferred to Catholic University in D.C. during his junior year in college, graduating from there in 1999.
2. Connelly began his NBA front office career with the Wizards, starting as an intern in 1996. He spent a decade with the organization, holding such roles as assistant video coordinator, head scout, and director of player personnel.
3. After leaving the Wizards, Connelly spent three seasons serving as the assistant general manager of the New Orleans Pelicans.
4. Connelly joined the Nuggets organization in 2013 as the executive vice president of basketball operations. He was promoted to President of Basketball Operations in 2017. Connelly has been part of a Denver front office that has drafted the likes of Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and Gary Harris over the last five years.
5. Connelly has six siblings, including four brothers: Joe, Pat, Dan and Kevin. All four of them have also worked in basketball in some capacity, Joe, Pat, and Dan all following Tim into the NBA ranks.
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The Wizards may have found the successor to longtime team president Ernie Grunfeld. Per multiple reports, Washington offered the vacant head front-office job to Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly.
Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reports that, while Connelly hoped for a five-year deal, he is serious about the Wizards' four-year offer.
The Nuggets president came to Washington to meet with owner Ted Leonsis on Friday.
A Baltimore native, Connelly worked as a member of the Wizards front office, beginning as an intern in 1996 and rising to director of player personnel in his time with the franchise.
After a stop in New Orleans, Connelly was hired as executive vice president of basketball operations and general manager of the Nuggets in 2013. He ascended to president of basketball operations in his six-year tenure.
His notable accomplishments in Denver include drafting star big man Nikola Jokic and building a team that won 54 games in the 2018-19 season.
This is a developing story. Please check back with NBCSportsWashington.com for updates as available.
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