Spencer Dinwiddie is one of the best stories of the league in recent history, as he went from a G-Leaguer to a 20 point per game scorer in a span of just three years.
Bradley Beal is extremely excited to play with Dinwiddie, particularly for the intangibles he brings to the table.
“I like his size, his athletic ability, his ability to score—which takes a lot of pressure off me in having to create new things—and his love for the game,” Beal said in an exclusive interview with NBC Sports Washington Wizards Insider Chris Miller. “I’ve competed against him in Brooklyn. We always usually guard each other, so I know what he’s about. He’s about winning, he’s about competing. I know I can go to war with him.” (h/t Bijan Todd of NBC Sports Washington)
Dinwiddie played just three games last season after going down with a torn ACL injury, but should still find success next to Beal this upcoming season in Washington.
More Wizards Notes
- From his Team USA experience, Beal learned the importance of recruiting, Kevin Brown of NBC Sports Washington relays. “In order to win and compete, you got to pick up that phone. I learned that on Team USA, honestly,” Beal said in a conversation with NBC Sports Washington Wizards Insider Chris Miller. “I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t breathe without someone asking me what I wanted to do this summer. Would I play with that person.”
New Wizards head coach Wes Unseld Jr. says his team will play less switch defense this upcoming season, something the Wizards relied on heavily over these past few seasons with little success. “I think it’s just more schematic choice,” Unseld Jr. said. “I’ve had some great success doing things a certain way. Other teams do it and they’re very good at it. I think there’s a place for it and there are times where we are going to do that. It kind of goes back to making sure we lay the foundation and then adjust accordingly.”
On Wednesday, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz took to Twitter to voice his support of Beal, among other players, not receiving their COVID-19 vaccine shot. Kyrie Irving, one of the players listed in the tweet, wasn’t able to attend the Nets’ media day in Brooklyn because of local health and safety protocols, but has requested to keep his status private when asked about the subject. Beal, however, has confirmed that he’s yet to take the shot, but hasn’t ruled out the possibility of ever getting it.