Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – When Bradley Beal has a bad night shooting for the Wizards, he not only has to hear about it from his teammates and coaches, but there’s a higher power he must answer to.
When the 20-year-old shooting guard followed up a 2-for-14 performance against Detroit Saturday with a 22-point, 8-assist, 9-rebound afternoon — falling two assists and a rebound short of a triple-double — on Monday, he had a message waiting for him.
“We had a little birdie chirping on the show earlier that your mom had called you,” Grant Paulsen told Beal on 106.7 The Fan on Tuesday. “She was disappointed in the shot selection. What was her issue?”
“She was upset I wasn’t making any shots,” Beal told Grant and Danny. “I make more shots what I was doing the other night. So she definitely gets in my head. She’s my biggest critic, so whenever she gives me a call I know it’s something serious.”
“Was it just based on the 2-for-14 performance, or was this something where over a few games, she saw something she didn’t like?” Paulsen asked.
“A little bit of both,” Beal said. “I mean she wants me to shoot 30-for-30 every night,” Beal said. “That’s just her expectations, but everyone knows that probably won’t happen. She’s a learner of the game. She’s the one who taught me how to shoot so whenever she’s calling me or whenever she sees something wrong with my shot, she’s quick to correct me and I’m always all ears.”
“First of all, a 90-point game on 30-for-30 shooting would be pretty sweet,” Danny Rouhier said. “
“Man, who you telling?” Beal joked.
There you have it, kids.
You can make millions of dollars playing professional basketball, have fans all over the country, and it may still not be enough to escape the wrath of mom.