ESPN and former local DC reporter Britt McHenry got some one-on-two time with John Wall and Bradley Beal for an exclusive SportsCenter conversation this week. Beal, arm sling and all, sat alongside his backcourt mate as the tandem discussed Beal’s wrist injury, the playoff series win over Chicago, their thoughts on the new-look Cavs, and also to reiterate the idea that they are the best backcourt in the NBA.
Beal, on the wrist injury:
“It’s kind of frustrating because it’s like three years in a row for me. It’s like ‘dang, when am I gonna catch a break?’ It’s frustrating [to watch and not play] because I was really looking forward to this year especially with the guys we have and all you can do is sit there and clap with your knee. At the same time I’m trying to stay positive and trying to be a leader as much as I can.”
Wall, on beating the Bulls and bringing excitement back to DC:
“It was great. I think we were all humble. We were hungry going into that series. Nobody even expected us to win. We just went in there with a chip on our shoulder.”
Wall, on whether he still has to prove anything to people:
“I’m the 31 best player in the NBA.”
Wall, on being the best backcourt in the league:
“I feel like we’re the best in the league. I think we’ve proven of getting better every year. It’s tough to start the season with out [Beal], but there’s no reason for us not to keep winning as a team.”
Beal, on the Cavs’ new big 3 and the motivation they take from that:
“On paper they look unbeatable. But at the same time they put on their pants the same way we do, they lace up like we do so we feel as though we’re going to come into the season not backing down from anybody and we’re going to accept each and every challenge and do whatever it takes to win.”
Wall, on having the Cavs circled on his calendar:
Definitely. Biggest game of the year to me.