April 20, 2014

Bradley Beal Named to 2014-16 USA Men’s Basketball Roster

USA Basketball announced today that Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal has been selected to the 2014-16 USA Basketball Men’s National Team. Beal will join 28 other players who have been selected for the 2014-2016 USA Men’s National Team pool, from which the 2014 USA World Championship Team and, if the U.S. qualifies, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team will be selected.

Of the players currently named to the pool, 11 were a part of the 2012 U.S. Olympic basketball team.

“I am thrilled to be able to continue to compete as a member of USA Basketball and I look forward to the chance to represent my country,” Beal said. “Being part of this team is a tremendous honor and a great opportunity for me to learn and develop as a player.”

Beal has prior USA Basketball experience, as he was selected to the USA Basketball Men’s National Team Mini Camp last summer in Las Vegas and was a member of the 2010 U17 World Championship and 2009 U16 Championship teams. Beal also participated in the annual Nike Hoop Summit as part of the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team in 2011.

Additional players accepting invitations included Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Derrick Rose. [Read more...]

Washington Wizards Game 23 Recap: Beal’s game-winner lifts Wiz over Knicks

With two long threes and a follow-up drive to the basket, the Washington Wizards were quickly reminded of what they had missed in Bradley Beal for nine straight contests.

In his return to Washington’s starting five, Beal tallied 21 points and seven rebounds, but his final seven points edged the Wiz Kids past the New York Knicks in a gripping 102-101 win Monday night. The victory marked Washington’s first at Madison Square Garden since 2006.

The Wizards got off to a solid start. John Wall sank the bulk of his jumpers – even from three-point land, Washington’s defense held the Knicks’ lackluster offense at bay and Martell Webster set the pace for his 30-point night with back-to-back threes to end the first quarter.

Beal came to life in the second quarter, drilling a three and a close-up to put Washington up 33-25 with less than eight to go. With little effort, Webster dropped in two more threes before Wall lit up with seven points in the final 90 seconds of the half. [Read more...]

Washington Wizards Game 57 Wrap: Beal posts record-breaking numbers in Wizards’ 96-88 loss to Knicks

Four Washington Wizards (18-39) reached double-digit points Friday night against the New York Knicks (35-20), but Carmelo Anthony took matters into his own hands, contributing 30 points and six rebounds to the Knicks’ 96-88 victory at the Verizon Center.

It was a record-setting night for Bradley Beal as he set a new career single-game high with 29 points and broke the Wizards’ franchise record for most three-pointers in a season by a rookie. With 25 games left to play this season, Beal will likely shatter the previous record of 75, set by Steve Blake in 2003-04.

The Wizards were without Nene – sidelined with a sore right shoulder – and A.J. Price – who sat out with a bruised right thigh. Additionally, they were without a strong home base, as a large percentage of the 20,308 in attendance had transformed the Verizon Center into Madison Square Garden South.  [Read more...]

Washington Wizards Game 48 Wrap: Six Wizards reach double-digit points in win over Knicks

The Washington Wizards (13-35) fought tooth and nail to slow down Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks (31-16) Wednesday night at the Verizon Center, and their efforts paid off with a 106-96 win that snapped New York’s five-game winning streak.

Washington may have fell short of slowing Anthony – he posted 31 points and nine rebounds on the night. But, they did their part to counteract him.

Six Wizards reached double-digit points against the Atlantic Division-leading Knicks. John Wall led the charge with 21 points, five rebounds and nine assists. Martell Webster – who put up 19 points and two boards – contributed five three-pointers, along with Trevor Ariza. [Read more...]

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