Shortly after he and Wizards teammate John Wall were cut from the Team USA basketball roster for the upcoming FIBA World Cup in Spain, Bradley Beal was back in D.C. making his Goodman League debut Monday at Barry Farm in Southeast.
Beal, who was guarded by Goodman League veteran Dele Ojo, scored 33 points and helped his team of amateurs overcome a 12-point deficit in the final six minutes.
“I told the crowd before the game he had to get something off his chest,” Goodman League commissioner and MC Miles Rawls said. “I said this could be a 50-point game, but he ended up with 33. I think he liked the atmosphere.”
Beal, who told Rawls he loved his experience trying out for Team USA in Las Vegas, attended Sunday’s games at Barry Farms as a spectator. Rawls said the Wizards guard lost a game of H-O-R-S-E, which may have provided additional motivation for him on Monday.
“I think he probably knew he was going to play [Monday] after that,” Rawls said. “He was just getting used to the rims and he came back with a vengeance.”
Beal was the only big name at Barry Farms on Monday, but the Goodman League regularly features current and former NBA and college players. Rawls said Beal was headed to Florida on Tuesday, but that he might return during the Goodman League playoffs, which start Saturday.
Rawls is also hoping to recruit Wall back to the Barry Farms courts and didn’t rule out Kevin Durant making an appearance as well, his Team USA practice schedule permitting. (For the record, Rawls isn’t optimistic about the Wizards’ chances of landing Durant in 2016.)