Washington Wizards rookie Bradley Beal took another important step in his development last week at the end of a 96-88 loss to the Toronto Raptors, when with his team down six with 21 seconds to play, Beal found himself all alone trying to trap a Raptors inbounds pass.
As reported by Michael Lee of The Washington Post, the rook was none too pleased with his teammates during an ensuring timeout, and he let them know it.
"I'm not saying my teammates quit, but we still had an opportunity to win," Beal said, explaining the situation a few days later. "If we had that trap, who knows what's going to happen? The game is never over. That's what I was kind of upset about."
Beal's frustration, and his willingness to call out his teammates and hold them accountable, did not go unnoticed, particularly given his heretofore quiet nature, per Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner:
"The last two months, I've just been seeing him grow as a player and as a person each and every day -- a 19-year-old came in and didn't really talk that much to a couple games ago leading a timeout," Wizards guard A.J. Price said. "That's just huge growth from him."
"It was a huge step for him, I think," Price said. "That was the first time. I told his brother, actually, 'I think he grew up a lot tonight.' For him to do that, that was big because he's so quiet by nature."
Bradley Beal beginning to assume leadership role
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