The wizard Bradley Beal slips into the tarp to recover the relaxed ball

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Modern NBA teams reward versatility. If you can’t defend, you get hunted, if you can’t shoot, they ignore you, and if you don’t crowd, you have no place in professional basketball. Bradley Beal is the epitome of that feeling, far surpassing the description of his job in Monday’s game against the Houston Rockets.

Early in the third quarter, a loose ball managed to slip under the tarp covering the stands at the baseline. Who managed to recover it? He is not an employee of a lower level team. Not even a bench heater. No, Bradley Beal, the All-Star team with the maximum salary took it upon themselves to crawl under the tarp and bring the ball back.

I know what you’re thinking: why is this Bradley Beal’s job? Sure, wizards have to have someone else do things like that, right? Well, I would refer you to every other element of Operation Washington. Beal is already doing everything for the Wizards on the field. If no one there is going to help the NBA’s top scorer, why would he help him?

It’s not like this is the first time a player has been pressured on duty to recover the ball. If the ball is ever caught at a particularly high spot, senior players will be forced to catch it. For example, in a game between the Lakers and the Bucks in 2019, Brook Lopez had to drop the ball with a broom after it got stuck above the basket.

But the ball in Washington was available to anyone who wanted to sneak under the tarp and take it. It’s Beal. It’s really all about the Wizards.

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The wizard Bradley Beal slips into the tarp to recover the relaxed ball

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Modern NBA teams reward versatility. If you can’t defend, you get hunted, if you can’t shoot, they ignore you, and if you don’t crowd, you have no place in professional basketball. Bradley Beal is the epitome of that sentiment, which goes beyond his job description in Monday’s game against the Houston Rockets.

Early in the third quarter, a loose ball managed to slip under the tarp covering the stands at the baseline. Who managed to recover it? He is not an employee of a lower level team. Not even a bench heater. No, Bradley Beal, the All-Star team with the maximum salary took it upon themselves to crawl under the tarp and bring the ball back.

I know what you’re thinking: why is this Bradley Beal’s job? Sure, wizards have to have someone else do things like that, right? Well, I would refer you to every other element of Operation Washington. Beal is already doing everything for the Wizards on the field. If no one there is going to help the NBA’s top scorer, why would he help him?

It’s not like this is the first time a player has been pressured on duty to recover the ball. If the ball is ever caught at a particularly high spot, senior players will be forced to catch it. For example, in a game between the Lakers and the Bucks in 2019, Brook Lopez had to drop the ball with a broom after it got stuck above the basket.

But the ball in Washington was available to anyone who wanted to crawl under the tarp and take it. It’s Beal. It’s really all about the Wizards.

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