Washington Wizards star guard Bradley Beal admitted that he was frustrated after dropping 47 points on Wednesday night but still losing to the New Orleans Pelicans. For the third time this season it happened that Beal scored 40-plus points but his team ended on the losing side.
"Is the sky blue?" Beal said calmly, when asked if he was frustrated. "It's tough. I am not going to sit here and be naive. ... We want to win, and I want to win. This is why I stayed. I want to win. I figured this is the place I can get it done.
It's tough. Last year was what it was. We had a lot of guys out. John [Wall] was out. It was just a rotten year. COVID hit." After losing to the Pelicans 124-106, the Wizards now own a 3-11 record -- which is the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
"This year it's the same thing. Like in a mini-bubble outside the bubble. No fans, no nothing, no practice time. It's been tough."
Beal admits he has to handle better his emotions
"Yeah, I got to be better with that," Beal said of hiding his emotions.
"I mean, media is going to blow it up. ... I'm mad about losing. If I am sitting over there laughing and smiling, what is the media going to say then? 'Oh, he doesn't take it serious.' "I just hate losing.
I hate losing. And I am going to continue to show pissed-off faces. I try to control them as much as I can, but I don't like losing." Beal acknowledged that he doesn't care about the statistics as he simply wants to get wins.
"I don't come out and say I want to score 50, I want to score 40 tonight," Beal said. "That doesn't happen. A lot of the s--- I am doing, I am in awe half the time too. That is why I credit [God] for everything.
"I feel like I will drive myself bats--- crazy if I [am] consumed in every single problem, like in every single thing that we did wrong or every single loss. I'm taking it a day at a time and constantly focusing on getting better -- how can I help my teammates get better, what more can I do personally to help us win? ... I would be lying if I said it was easy."