Bradley Beal was clearly frustrated with not being named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team and he wasn't alone.
His agent, Mark Bartelstein, released a statement ripping the NBA's coaches who did not vote for Beal to make the All-Star game as a reserve.
"The coaches are sending a message: 'If you want to be an all-star in the NBA, don't stay the course on a team that's going to go through some trying times. You need to jump ship and go join a championship contender so you can be an All-Star,'" Bartelstein wrote. "And that to me, is a terrible message. Loyalty is something that should matter, if you're performing at a really high level. Which this guy is doing."
Beal was ninth in fan voting for the All-Star game among East guards, fifth in the media vote and did not get enough love from the league's head coaches to make it as a reserve. But in the player vote, he was second behind only Kemba Walker, which would have made him a starter if the players had all the say.
“We know first hand who's good, we know first hand who's an all-star," Beal said after he found out about the player vote. "We know first hand whose a bitch to deal with night in and night out. For the fans it’s just a popularity contest."
Beal took a lot of frustration out on the Hornets, scoring 34 points to go along with nine rebounds and nine assists, while letting everyone know he couldn't be stopped. Especially Miles Bridges.
“You can’t guard me. You can’t guard me. I’ve got 30.” —Bradley Beal to Miles Bridges before sinking the free throw.— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 31, 2020
On the next play, Beal hit a three and got in his face afterwards. Cold. pic.twitter.com/Zf7gzb3qxB
After hitting a three in Bridges' eye, Beal earned himself a technical foul for getting in the forward's face and taunting him.
Bridges didn't back down and the two had to be separated, but they eventually made amends. Beal had earned Bridges' respect.
One of toughest players to guard its sick he not an all star this year!! I got nothing but respect for this guy ✊🏽✊🏽 https://t.co/1OuSTt25Ug— Miles Bridges (@MilesBridges) January 31, 2020
Bridges wasn't the only player to voice his displeasure. Beal's teammates were irate, and players around the league chimed in on Twitter as well.
6th leading scorer in the league 3rd in the east that is WACK!!!!! The system got to change— Jordan McRae (@JordyMac52) January 31, 2020
Beal is averaging 28.6 points, 6.3 assists and 4.4 rebounds this season. Yes, the Wizards are 16-31, but it's incredibly short-sighted to think Beal has much of anything to do with the losses.
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