WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – After missing 26 games of his 2012 rookie campaign due to various injuries to his wrist, back and ankles, Bradley Beal of the Wizards admits there were times when he probably rushed back a bit too soon.
“There was times where I probably came back a little too early,” Beal told 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny on Thursday.
“Just me being hardheaded and always want to compete and not take care of my body,” he continued. “That’s just my mentality, but I think I did definitely a little too early, maybe like a week or two too early. So for future references, I’m definitely not going to do that anymore.”
The point guard is still recovering from a stress fracture in his right fibula that ended his 2012 season early, which will likely cause him to miss Washington’s summer league games, as well as Team USA qualifiers, which he was invited to attend with John Wall for a chance to make the 2014 World Cup team, and 2016 Olympic team.
He talked about when he first heard about Otto Porter in high school, whom the Wizards took with the 3rd pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, and how he tried to recruit him for his AAU team.
“He came out of nowhere in the state of Missouri,” Beal said.
“He was averaging like 30 points and like 20-plus rebounds a game. So I’m like ‘Who is this kid?’ And eventually I talked to him, and talked to his dad, and they just weren’t going for it. His dad didn’t want him to play AAU ball.”
“It’s amazing that he never played a lick of AAU ball and still was able to make it to the pros,” he added.
Beal’s still holding out hope for a quick recovery but likely won’t be able to do much with Team USA.
“Coack K and the rest of USA basketball still want me to come out and just show support, and just show that I’m interested,” Beal said.
“I probably won’t be able to do anything,” he added. “But hopefully I’ll be able to heal up quick and be able to participate in some drills or something like that, and just try to do as much as I can.”