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Scott Brooks: Bradley Beal is one of the NBA's best overall players

Scott Brooks: Bradley Beal is one of the NBA's best overall players

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks always has nice things to say about Bradley Beal, his star shooting guard. But on Thursday night's 'Wizards Greatest Hits' broadcast on NBC Sports Washington, he took it up a notch with his praise.

While speaking with host Chris Miller as they watched back the Wizards' Jan. 2019 win over the Knicks in London, Brooks shared some very high compliments of Beal.

"He is really one of the best players in the league," Brooks said. "All-around, not only at guard, he is one of the best players in the league. His game has improved so much over the past three years. He's getting better every year."

As they watched the fourth quarter of that Wizards-Knicks game, Brooks went on about how Beal can flip a switch during crunch time and how sometimes all it takes is a quick conversation between them.

"There are times where I need him to take over a game. I just say 'Brad, it's time,'" Brooks said.

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The best line from Brooks may have been when Beal not making the 2019-20 All-Star team came up. Brooks' coaching peers vote on the reserves and they famously left Beal out, which made for some history combined with his scoring average at the time.

Brooks wants to know from other NBA coaches: "If you don't think he's an All-Star, then why are you double-teaming every single time we play?"

If you get an answer to that question, Scott, be sure to let us know.

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Here's what the first 24 hours have been like in the Orlando bubble for the Wizards

Here's what the first 24 hours have been like in the Orlando bubble for the Wizards

July 7 at 8:15 p.m. marked the moment when the Washington Wizards stepped foot off their team plane in Orlando to enter into the Walt Disney World bubble -- the home of the NBA's 2019-20 season restart. 

For at least the next 35 days, this is where the Wizards team, minus a few, will call home.

With the help of social media as well as the terrific daily "Wizney World Blog," put together by Wizards Sr. Manager of Digital Content, Zach Rosen, fans across the globe get to get a sneak peek at just what life is like inside of the bubble. 

So what have the first 24 hours of quartine looked like for Washington? Let's dive in.

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Wednesday marked a full day of quartine when the guys had opportunities to spend it just about however they pleased, as long as they logged in for their Zoom meetings and workout sessions. 

Not certain of the intensity level of the workouts, but the boys look properly exhausted.  

The food accommodations have been the main topic of conversation throughout the NBA community, and rightly so. However, Ish Smtih gave fans his own Master Chef review of dinner and seemed to be fairly content with the execution.  

"Don't take this the wrong way but you can't really mess up salad," Smith said. "Now y'all get out of here so I can play Madden."

Here's the full day's menu, courtesy of the Wizney World Blog.

Breakfast menu
• Assorted breakfast breads with pastries, butter, and jellies
• Seasonal fruit with fresh berries
• Southern-style grits with a side of cheddar cheese, butter, and chives
• Cage-free vegetable egg white frittata with a side of tomato compote
• French toast sticks with maple syrup
• Shredded hash brown patties
• Chicken sausage
• Fresh baked bread and butter

Lunch menu
• Mixed green salad with assorted toppings
• Grilled and chilled vegetable salad
• Pita chips and hummus
• Oven-roasted turkey breast, swiss cheese, lettuce, & tomato on an avocado wrap
• Fettucine with chicken and vegetables
• Hamburger with baked sweet potato fries
• Seasonal fresh cut fruit
• Carrot cake

Dinner menu
• Fresh garden greens, arugula, watermelon, pickled red onions, goat cheese, and raspberry vinaigrette
• Kale Caesar salad
• Roasted summer vegetables
• Italian grilled chicken with natural jus
• Grilled salmon and rice
• Spaghetti and meatballs
• Fresh baked bread
• Seasonal fresh berries
• Chocolate cake

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Video games seem to be the most common way Wizards players are getting through the first day of quarantine. 

Forward Admiral Schofield had trouble setting up his gaming system because he left his HDMI cord back home. Luckily, he was able to get his hands on it in no time. 

Forward Troy Brown Jr. has also been playing a lot of Call of Duty Warzone but is looking to start an official Orlando Bubble Vlog, so keep an eye out for that in the coming days. 

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Brooklyn Nets add veterans Jamal Crawford and Michael Beasley ahead of NBA restart

Brooklyn Nets add veterans Jamal Crawford and Michael Beasley ahead of NBA restart

In need of some depth ahead of the NBA restart in Orlando, the Brooklyn Nets have reached an agreement with guard Jamal Crawford and are in the process of striking a deal with forward Michael Beasley, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported.

The signings come at a time in which the Nets are desperate for help as the team tries to hold its playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn will be without Taurean Prince, DeAndre Jordan and Spencer Dinwiddie as all three have tested positive for coronavirus. Additionally, Wilson Chandler has opted to not participate in the resumption of the season, citing that he is more concerned with the health and well-being of his family.

In addition to those four key pieces, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are still on the sidelines as they recover from injuries. Heading into the restart, Brooklyn's roster is depleted.

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Needing all the help they can get, Crawford and Beasley will immediately become a part of the Nets rotation. Crawford has 19 years of experience in the NBA, most recently averaging 7.9 points per game with the Phoenix Suns during the 2018-19 season. Beasley also last appeared during the 2018-19 campaign, playing in 26 games for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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The Nets currently hold the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference and are six games ahead of the Wizards. The lack of star-power available for Brooklyn can only help Washington as it looks to try and sneak into the postseason field.

However, the Wizards will face their own challenges in Orlando. With Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans deciding to not participate in the restart, the Wizards will be without a large portion of their scoring for their eight guaranteed games. 

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