While the Wizards haven't played winning basketball consistently this season, the poor results haven't seemingly hurt the locker room the way they might have last season.
The Wizards have been fun to watch, they appear to like playing for each other and genuinely enjoy it when their teammates do well.
But when Bradley Beal questioned the team's culture after Washington lost an ugly game to the Bulls two weeks ago, it raised some eyebrows.
Since then, Beal's been playing at an All-NBA level. Entering Tuesday, Beal was averaging 30 points, 5.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds, shooting 57 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from three. He called everyone out and responded in a big way.
Ahead of Washington's matchup with the Bucks, Scott Brooks referenced a conversation they had following the Chicago loss that could have helped spark Beal on this run.
"[Beal]just has to continue to lead," Brooks said. "It’s tough. It’s tough when you don’t have all your buddies competing with you and you’re fighting and you don’t know who’s going to be on the court night in and night out.
"He’s handled it pretty good," he continued. "There are times where he hasn’t but for the most part he’s handled it well. He’s competing and he keeps us relevant when we have a lot of guys that probably wouldn’t have played many minutes going into the season.”
The Wizards may be in a rebuild this season, but once John Wall returns from injury, it'll be time to make a playoff push. If this season produces a good draft pick and Beal helps foster a healthy locker room culture that helps young players develop and build on their strengths, it'd be difficult to view this season as anything but a success.
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