Bradley Beal got a concussion earlier this week and had to sit out practice on Thursday. He returned on Saturday when the Wizards hosted their last day of training camp at VCU in Richmond:
During practice, he was in midseason form according to J. Michael of CSN Mid Atlantic:
After practice, he gave a possible reason as to why he looked like a man possessed to Candace Buckner of The Washington Post. Beal looked at Twitter, and used some negative tweets as bulletin board material to make the haters eat crow:
Bradley Beal asked if he stayed away from Twitter after his concussion. No, he didn't.— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) October 1, 2016
He saw several tweets moaning abt his injury history
Bradley Beal: "People make it seem like I’m trying to get hurt, you know what I’m saying?"— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) October 1, 2016
Beal: "I want to question, do you think I want to get hurt? It’s not on purpose, it just happens. It just naturally happens."— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) October 1, 2016
In fairness to Beal, it’s true that the man himself doesn’t want to be injured. No one does. And it’s a good thing to see that he finished training camp on a high note.
But the unfortunate reality is that Beal has a track record of missing practice and games because of injuries. I’m happy that his lower right leg is fine at the moment.
In regard to his concussion, this wasn’t Beal’s first. It was his second this calendar year since colliding with Celtics guard Marcus Smart last January. Concussions can happen at anytime to anyone. But it’s not fun to see that happen twice to the same player within a year.
All in all, the good news is that Beal is back in action. Let’s hope that the injury bug is fully behind him now so we can put this “Brad is injury prone” narrative to rest.