Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal is likely not going to win the NBA’s scoring title this season after leading the league in scoring for much of the first half of the season. Since the Wizards are performing at a very high level though, I don’t think Beal is complaining considering how poor the first of the season went.
The player who is likely winning the scoring title at this point is Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, who is averaging 31.9 points per game.
At a Monday press conference, guard Kent Bazemore praised Curry’s recent 49 point performance on May 8 while taking a swipe at Beal, saying that “we got guys hurting hamstrings to keep up.”
“49 points in 29 minutes, that’s unreal. We got guys hurting hamstrings to keep up.”— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 10, 2021
Kent Bazemore on Steph leading the scoring title race
(h/t @MontePooleNBCS) pic.twitter.com/0a5i40mUUN
#SuckaActions seeing the video makes it worse because he knew what he wanted to say without saying it.pic.twitter.com/dwYRQ2CE6e— BEAN (@MGRADS) May 10, 2021
Beal is out through at least Wednesday per a release by the Wizards yesterday.
After the Wizards’ loss to the Atlanta Hawks last night, Beal responded to Bazemore on Twitter.
@24Bazemore I don’t do the subliminal’s !!!!!!!— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) May 11, 2021
@24Bazemore you don’t know me or shit about me bruh!!! You don’t know why I go out there and play and it damn sure ain’t for another man’s approval!!! You a straight LAME!!! But it don’t surprise me coming from you, thats what’s yo type do!!— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) May 11, 2021
@24Bazemore it’s funny you say that because ya mans admittedly checked my numbers before the game, but IM CHASING!!! Shut yo ass up!— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) May 11, 2021
Beal finished his response with a clown GIF,
@24Bazemore pic.twitter.com/deRpNP4xcK— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) May 11, 2021
...and that he ultimately cares more about what’s going on with the Wizards than what’s going on during a press conference for another team.
I stay in my lane!! Focus on BRAD. Idc what another man doing in this league. I’m concerned about me and MY GUYS over here!! Keep that goofy shit over there @24Bazemore !!— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) May 11, 2021
Bazemore hasn’t responded back to Beal or anyone on Twitter. His last tweet as of 1:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, May 11 was a subtweet yesterday afternoon of New Orleans Pelicans assistant coach Teresa Weatherspoon giving a very good piece of motivational advice, going back to her playing days when she was on the 1988 USA Basketball women’s national team in Seoul, Korea that won the Gold Medal.
He doesn’t play for the Pelicans, but Bazemore can certainly take Coach Weatherspoon’s advice on working to get better after his comments went viral. For that matter, I think all of us can use her advice for anything in life, so here’s the original tweet:
“Understand your worth. You can not allow one person to tell you who you are and who you can not become…”— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 10, 2021
Pels assistant Teresa Weatherspoon tells an amazing story how she got the last laugh on a coach
(via @pelicansnba, @AshleyAmoss) pic.twitter.com/k0X1IZ3ckB
And Bazemore was surprised about the response. While Beal was tweeting at him, Bazemore was playing in the Warriors’ 119-116 win over the Utah Jazz last night (or ... earlier this morning in Washington time). So he was trying to say that he’s joking while maintaining that he was trying to be loyal to his teammates, like Curry, who scored 36 points in the game.
Kent Bazemore on the Brad Beal stuff: "I guess you can't joke anymore. Whatever. I feel like I'm a pretty lighthearted guy. Hey man -- my loyalty is to SC30. It kind of got out of hand. I don't get involved with that crap."— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 11, 2021
In closing, let’s draw this full circle and go back to Beal. He also appears to have moved on from Bazemore’s comments, at least openly. He shared a congratulations post on Instagram (which was also posted on Twitter) to Russell Westbrook for becoming the NBA’s career leader in triple-doubles!
Let’s hope Beal heals up and is ready to go by the time the play-in tournament starts!