With the 2018-19 regular season, roughly two months away and LeBron James no longer in the Eastern Conference, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards have to be excited. Without James, in a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey, the Eastern Conference title is up for grabs.
Last season Bradley Beal made his first all-star game appearance. In the past, there have been some rumors about Wizards point guard John Wall and Beal not getting along. After Beal signed a five-year $128 million extension with the Wizards, Wall voiced his concerns about the deal, per NBC Sports Washington.
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However, the two had no choice but to work their differences out after missing the playoffs in the 2015-16 season. After the Wizards and head coach Randy Wittman parted ways in 2016 the team took a new direction by hiring Scott Brooks. The past two seasons under Brooks the team has continued to climb in the east.
Unfortunately, the Wizards failed to make it out of the first round of the playoffs last season. Washingtons last finals appearance was in 1979 against the Seattle Supersonics when they were known as the Washington Bullets.
If the Wizards want to dominate in the east both Beal and Wall need to be on the same page. During last years regular season Wall underwent knee surgery and was sidelined for 6-8 weeks, per The Washington Post. He would go on to miss the all-star game and return right before the postseason.
Without Wall, all seemed lost, but the Wizards managed to come together and pull off some impressive wins. As Washington continued to win fans and critics questioned if the team was better without their star point-guard.
Obviously, the Wizards aren’t better without Wall but the team did learn how to play without him and not to take his talents for granted. Now that the 2018-19 regular season is a couple of months away there are three areas that Beal needs to improve on in order to help the Wizards get out of the east.
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