About 90 minutes before the Wizards played the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, Bradley Beal was on the court, in a T-shirt and shorts, warming up as he usually does before games. He stepped to the foul line and dropped free throw after free throw, displaying that pure shooting form. Only this time, Beal was knocking down all of his shots with his left hand.
Kevin Seraphin tried to contest him, so Beal stepped back and hit a jumper from about 18 feet, again with his left hand. Beal doesn't claim to be ambidextrous but he isn't exactly new to shooting with his left, after his mother, Besta, challenged him to develop the shot when he first started playing. At times, Beal actually shoots with his left to get a good rhythm and focus before going back to his natural right hand.
But with his right wrist taped up after sustaining a sprain in Denver on Jan. 18, Beal doesn't have much choice but to shoot with the only hand that's working. He's even used it to hustle some money away from doubting teammates. Maybe.
"I actually bet a few guys," Beal said. "I'm going to see if they're going to be pay me, but I definitely won a few bets."
Beal also won another honor earlier in the day after earning Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for the second time after leading all rookies in three-point shooting percentage (50.8) – becoming the first rookie since Stephen Curry in 2010 to connect on 50 percent of his three-pointers in a calendar month – and all rookies in the conference at 15.1 points per game. He had five games with at least 20 points, including a career-high 26 points in Sacramento.
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