Washington Wizards star guard Bradley Beal reveals he won't be studying the film of how Kevin Durant, Paul George and James Harden played alongside 2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook. The Wizards brought Westbrook to Washington after sending John Wall and a draft pick to the Rockets and now they hope Westbrook and Beal will form a strong backcourt duo.
"I'm not KD, I'm not PG, I'm not Vic [Oladipo], I'm not James," Beal said when asked whether he has studied how other scoring wings played alongside Westbrook, as revealed on ESPN. "We all maybe have our similarities, but we are all different in our ways.
I'm not going to judge Russ off of his previous relationships with guys on other teams. I want to be able to put my foot in his shoes and be in the moment. I want to experience these things for myself." Beal expects that Westbrook, who is known as one of the biggest competitors in the league, will push him to the maximum.
"I'm expecting the same thing, for him to push me, get on me and get the best out of me every night too," Beal said.
Beal suggests he and Westbrook won't have problems adapting to each other
"I'm easy to adapt to," Beal claimed.
"I'm not going to come in and say I need this shot, I need the ball here or there. Doesn't matter. As long as we are all incorporated within offense and everybody's eating, we're good." 2010 No. 1 pick Wall is one of the fastest and quickest guards in the league so Beal shouldn't have problems with adjusting to the speed of Westbrook.
"He's a great passer," Beal added of Westbrook. "He can pass the hell out of the ball. His pace is crazy. I don't want to just compare him and John, but he's very fast with the ball ... and he's looking for his shooters.
It's definitely cool to see that. I feel like there is always a false narrative on Russ, but he's looking for guys, he's trying to get guys the ball and he's coaching." When it comes to his relationship with Westbrook, Beal insists so far, so great.
"It's been fun to learn from him, adjusting with him," Beal said. "Playing with him for the past week, it hasn't been too crazy, it hasn't been too big of an adjustment to where it is like, 'Oh man, damn, it's a whirlwind.' "It's been smooth sailing."