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Brian Scalabrine compares Bradley Beal to Kobe Bryant

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Brian Scalabrine compares Bradley Beal to Kobe Bryant

Eric Gordon? Dwayne Wade? Ray Allen? Try Kobe Bryant, according to Brian Scalabrine.

Former member of the Boston Celtics and current NBC Sports Boston analyst Brian Scalabrine stopped by the NBC Sports Washington broadcast during the Wizards-Celtics game. In the interview, Scalabrine told Chris Miller that he thinks Bradley Beal is a lot like Kobe Bryant.

Yes, you read that right. Need to hear it to believe it?

White Mamba really said that Beal’s game is “very similar” to Black Mamba’s. Let’s break that down.

“A lot of people thought he was like Ray Allen when he was playing with John Wall,” Scalabrine said. Allen's quick perimeter shooting and rebounding at UConn made this an easy comparison early in Beal’s basketball career. After Beal’s first four seasons, even Allen saw himself in the young Wizard.

“But now that John Wall is out and he’s just having the ball in his hands, he’s a lot more like Kobe Bryant to me,” Scalabrine continued. “He’s got the shifting, he’s got the elevated, the tough shot-making, so he looks more like Kobe. I know Kobe’s a monster in the competitive pool but to me, their game is very similar.”

Here’s the obvious: Beal has played seven seasons compared to Bryant’s 20. Beal has had four playoff runs compared to Bryant’s 15. Beal is a two-time All-Star while Bryant held that honor 18 times (90% of his playing career).

Kobe Bryant averaged 30 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game in his seventh season (2002-03).

Beal had an incredible February, averaging 30.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game. He was the first Wizards player to average more than 30 points in a calendar month since Gilbert Arenas did 13 seasons ago.

If Scal is running this train, we’ll gladly hop on board.



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After setbacks in rehab, John Wall is appreciating the little things in life

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After setbacks in rehab, John Wall is appreciating the little things in life

WASHINGTON -- John Wall has been all smiles in public when discussing his rehab from Achilles surgery. He has even remarked how smoothly this recovery has gone compared to others he's underwent in the past.

But his road back from a ruptured left Achilles has not been entirely free of obstacles. He revealed to NBC Sports Washington on the Wizards Talk podcast recently that he dealt with an infection that delayed him getting out of his walking boot.

That was already weeks after he first had surgery to remove bone spurs from his heel in January. He had a series of infections following that procedure, one of which helped doctors discover his Achilles had torn during a fall in his home.

Wall can admit now after the fact it was a difficult time for him.

"I've just put in a lot of hard work," he said. "For me to be where I'm at right now, with all the setbacks and infections and then finding out my Achilles was ruptured and then going through another infection, it was like 'man, when can I ever get past that point of just getting out of the boot and walking?'"

What made that last part particularly frustrating was where Wall makes his offseason home. He summers in Miami, a place notorious for its humidity.

"I was in Miami during the summertime in a boot. Like, man, I don't want to be in hot Miami in a boot, sweating," he said.

Nowadays, things are much better for Wall. He is doing on-court work at the Wizards' practice facility. He can shoot jumpers and do individual ball-handling and passing drills. He can jog and lift weights.

After months of waiting to just have his walking boot come off, Wall is very appreciative to simply be able to do anything on the basketball court.

"Just to do the ball-handling and be able to shoot and do the weight-lifting, that's a great aspect [of my progress]. It makes it easier for me because I'm in a great space where it's fun," he said. 

"I'm able to do what I'm able to do, even if I'm not playing at a high speed and running up and down, I'm able to shoot and do ball-handling. That's what I love to do."

Wall continues to make progress, now nine months removed from the Achilles surgery he had on Feb. 12. He is likely to be out at least three more months, and he could miss all of the 2019-20 season.

At some point, Wall may get restless, but he continues to preach patience towards his return. When asked by Chris Miller if he will start bothering the coaches soon to play, he said he's just happy to be back on the court in practice.


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Moe Wagner isn't the only Wizards with a questionable golf swing

Moe Wagner isn't the only Wizards with a questionable golf swing

With the grind of the NBA season preparing to get underway, the Washington Wizards are spending some time off the court as a way to relax and have some fun. On Monday, the team headed to Top Golf to take some hacks, and we were treated to a breakdown of each player's swing.

As you can see, some like head coach Scott Brooks have a pretty smooth swing. However, the same cannot be said about others.

Take for example Moe Wagner. 

The newly acquired Wizard started off promising with a solid stance, bent knees and all. But, the wind up showed that there were clearly some quirks in his mechanics. Then, the worst thing possible happened: a missed ball. No one will really judge if the swing isn't the prettiest, considering his job is to play basketball, but to come up empty hurts.

Wagner wasn't alone in his misfortunes, however. Jordan McRae also had some trouble getting his club to connect with the ball. But, as they say, third times the charm.

As for other poor swings, Davis Bertans and Thomas Bryant had success hitting the ball, it just didn't look all too pretty.

For Bryant, he may be taking the concept of getting a low, solid base, quite too literally. With Bertans, the movement on his back leg followed by a quick swing is, well, interesting to say the least.

But, fear not, Washington does have a few players who at least look like they've picked up a golf club before. 

Even rookie Rui Hachimura showed off a pretty decent stroke.

While the videos did provide a good laugh, it's safe to say that most of these guys shouldn't quit their day jobs.