Bradley Beal expects to be cleared to begin participating in basketball-related activities in “the next week or two” and said that his leg is healing “slowly but surely.” But the Wizards shooting guard admits that the “slowly” part has been most frustrating, since he has been limited for nearly three months with a stress injury in his right fibula.
“Watching the playoffs, watching these games and watching guys scrimmage and play, it makes you want to be out there, but you can’t,” Beal said said Sunday while making an appearance for NBA Nation at the National Capital Barbecue Battle on Pennsylvania Avenue. “At the same time, it’s something you have to be patient with…You can’t really rush it. I’m definitely taking my time, doing what I need to do. Having my trainers working me out and do what I need to do and get healthy.”
Beal is unlikely to play for the Wizards during NBA summer league in Las Vegas. The Wizards will play three games – against Golden State (July 13, at 4 p.m.), New York (July 14, at 4 p.m.) and Denver (July 16, at 10 p.m.) — before entering a single-elimination tournament. The schedule wouldn’t give him much time to recover before engaging in competitive games, but Beal said he still plans on traveling to Las Vegas for Team USA mini-camp.
Beal and backcourt mate John Wall are among the 27 players invited to audition for possible slots on future USA Basketball squads at the 2014 World Cup in Madrid and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.