Bradley Beal spoke his mind in the Wizards’ locker room after Washington lost a game it needed to win on Wednesday in Sacramento.
“To me, it felt like we gave up,” said Beal, who led the Wizards with 24 points in a 120-111 loss to the lowly Kings. “I guess we kind of figured we’re already in the playoffs some reason. It’s either that or we want to get to the offseason. But as far as why, I have no idea. If guys don’t want to play, they need to sit down.”
The Wizards are not already in the playoffs, of course. They’re 3.5 games out of the eighth spot with seven games remaining, which equals a 2.2 percent chance of making the postseason, according to one measure.
“We bark too much,” Beal continued. “We say what we need to do. We scream at one another. We can even try to blame [Coach Randy Wittman] if we want to, but at the end of the day we’re still the ones playing and we still beat ourselves. We do dumb stuff on the floor. Just not having a man in transition or not knowing where a guy is in half court or not knowing personnel. We just do dumb mental lapses that just messes up your game and ends up hurting us in the long run. … I guess [it’s] mentality. Everybody’s a grown-a– man. Either you want to play or you don’t. It’s plain and simple. Either you want to win or you don’t. If you don’t want to win then you need to sit down.”
Beal didn’t name names, but he also wasn’t pointing the finger entirely at himself. HoopDistrict.net posted a poll on Twitter on Thursday asking if Beal was right to call out his teammates. One of Beal’s teammates, Marcin Gortat, was among those who responded. “No…” Gortat replied in a tweet that he later deleted.
Was Bradley Beal right to call out teammates after loss to Kings?
— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) March 31, 2016
Gortat, who could have meant, “No…don’t make a poll about this,” has never been shy about sharing his thoughts on Twitter; it’s just a lot more fun when he’s responding to haters from other fan bases. In November, he made it clear that he doesn’t appreciate being called out after Wittman called the Wizards soft and alluded to Gortat’s poor rebounding effort in a loss to Orlando. Two weeks later, Gortat said the Wizards needed to “cut the negativity” after a four-game losing streak.
“It’s not even fun coming here anymore,” Gortat said. “There’s so much negativity. I understand we’re losing games but, damn, we just got to cut that right now, man. It’s not fun at all.”
If the Wizards don’t stop doing “dumb stuff” on the floor, the rest of their road trip won’t be much fun either. Washington plays at Phoenix on Friday.
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— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) March 31, 2016