The Washington Wizards are one of the ten NBA teams that have signed a new head coach during the off season this summer, appointing the former Oklahoma City Thunder coach, Scott Brooks, who previously worked for 7 years as the head coach of the OKC Thunder.
Even before he took over his new team, the Washington Wizards were having some problems related to their key players, John Wall and Bradley Beal. It is nothing unusual that the coaches and the teams have certain problems and issues on their rosters, before the preseason camps start, but having to deal with the key players on your roster is much more serious and could affect the whole preseason preparations.
Although Brooks recently admitted that he stumbled upon certain issues related to the preseason workouts, he said that the relationship between Wall and Beal was not one of those issues. However, the NBA fans and the media are buzzing about the possibility that Beal and Wall are not on the same page and that the reason for that is most likely the desire of both to be recognized as the leader of the Wizards franchise.
This is something that Brooks is capable of handling, knowing that he had to go through the same situation while working as the head coach of the OKC Thunder. On one side, he had Kevin Durant, who was the go to guy right from his first NBA season, and on the other side, there was Russell Westbrook, who grew into a scoring machine and one of the greatest all-around players in the league. Both players had a mind set to be the leader on the team, but Brooks somehow managed to balance these situations and prevented it to grow into something bigger that could affect the team’s results.
After couple of practices with his new team, Scott Brooks said that both players, Wall and Beal, are extremely competitive, but what he really respects about both of them is that they care about their teammates and their desire to win games.
However, it will be extremely interesting to see how Brooks deals with Beal and Wall in the following weeks and if he can get the two on the same page, but at the same time keep the competitive spirit at a high level that could bring more wins to Washington D.C.
Words By: Admir Aljic