NBA All-Star Weekend: Wizards' Bradley Beal Criticizes Process Of Choosing Replacements
The NBA All-Star Weekend is here but the Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal was left asking why he was not selected to replace Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love on the roster for the Eastern Conference All-Stars. Love's spot was given to New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.
When Love was ruled out for at least six weeks following knee surgery, Beal was one of the options as a replacement. His name joined a group that also featured Anthony, Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), Hassan Whiteside (Miami Heat), Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks), and Dwyane Wade (Chicago Bulls).
In the end, it was Anthony who was selected to take Love's spot. Speaking to The Washington Post, Beal praised Anthony even calling him an "offensive threat." However, the young Wizards guard questioned the decision saying, "But the process of it does not make sense. If they reward winning, then I don't understand how the decision was made. It was kind of weird to me."
Beal's agent, Mark Bartelstein, also had the same sentiment. Some of the players that supported the 23-year-old are his teammate Markieff Morris, who expressed dismay through Twitter, and All-Star guard Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors.
Beal is having his best NBA season so far and that is why it is understandable why many believe he deserves to be included in this year's All-Star Game. He is averaging 22.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and one steal, in 34.4 minutes of action per game.
The Wizards had a poor start to the 2016-17 NBA season but in December, they started to find their rhythm. They opened that month with a loss to the San Antonio Spurs which gave them a 6-12 record. Now, they are at 34-21, enough to take the third spot in the East. They are just five games away from conference leaders and reigning champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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