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Wizards Wrap: The Bradley Beal Blues

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In this week's Wrap, we're all a little depressed that Bradley Beal's sparkling rookie season has come to a premature end.

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We got the Bradley Beal Blues for this week's Wizards Wrap:

  • We're all a bit bummed out by the early end to Beal's excellent rookie season, but there's also some sense of relief that his stress injury appears to have been caught early and that it won't be long before Beal is able to start working out with John Wall with an eye towards leading the Wiz to the playoffs in 2014. #positivethoughts [Wizards Insider | Truth About It | Hardwood Paroxysm | CSN Washington | Wiz of Awes | Official team blog]
  • The Wizards have won exactly one Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy in franchise history, so obviously it's been immaculately preserved and prominently displayed ever since, yes? Nope. Dave Sheinin, as always, does an incredible job telling the story of how the team's lone championship trophy had to be rescued from ex-employee's closet. [Washington Post]
  • Here's a video tribute to the 1978 championship team, and a excellent FanPost on their enduring legacy.
  • Ted gives a shout out to the Pollins. [Ted's Take]
  • Officially eliminated from the playoffs, the Wizards have their sights set on their highest achievable goal -- remaining the 9th-best team in the Eastern Conference. [Washington Examiner]
  • Mike Wise thinks the Wizards are right to be playing hard down the stretch rather than tanking for more lottery balls. [Washington Post]
  • Some Wizards spent April Fools Day at the White House for the 135th annual Easter Egg Roll. [Wizards Insider |Goofy photos]
  • While at the White House, Beal got his lobby on and made sure to sneak in a request for lower taxes. [CSN Washington]
  • If you missed Wall's recent interview with David Aldridge, it's a must read. [NBA.com]
  • Also, go read Zach Lowe's interview with Beal if you haven't already. [Grantland]
  • Guess who is now being mentioned in same breath as some of the best shooters in the NBA? [The Point Forward]
  • But should the Wizards be careful to not overspend on Martell Webster this offseason? [Blog So Hard Sports]
  • More national props for Wall and the Wizards' turnaround. [NY Times]
  • Neither Emeka Okafor nor Trevor Ariza plan on opting out of the final year of their contracts. [Wizards Insider |CSN Washington]
  • Speaking of Okafor, he underwent something of a transformation this season. [Truth About It]
  • A.J. Price is also hoping to be back next season with the Wiz. [Washington Examiner]
  • BNIE writes that Ernie Grunfeld has done his job and deserves to return next season as Wizards GM. Let me get out of the way before you throw those tomatoes.
  • Jan Vesely seems intent on representing the Czech Republic in EuroBasket 2013 rather than playing in the Las Vegas Summer League for the third time. [Truth About It | Washington Examiner]
  • Kyle Weidie asks the Wizards the eternal questions: Nas or Jay-Z, and Wale or Drake? [Truth About It]
  • Does Nene hold Wall back? [NBC Sports | Wiz of Awes]
  • The Wizards like them some gum. [DC Sports Bog]
  • John Wall cleans up good. [Modern Luxury]
  • Wall would like to see Derrick Rose sit out the rest of the season. [ESPN Chicago]
  • JaVale McGee and his mom are getting their own reality show on the Oprah Winfrey Network. In other news, there is no justice. [CSN Washington | Washington Examiner]
  • How good does Flip Saunders have it at ESPN? He turned down the head coaching gig at the University of Minnesota, his alma mater. [St. Paul Pioneer Press]
  • The latest chapter in the Jarvaris Crittenton Saga ended with the former Wizard being charged with murder Tuesday. [AP | Wizards Extreme]