Jeremy Hyman - WashingtonWizards.com
Bradley Beal and Randy Wittman both addressed the media on Friday and discussed the latest on Beal's injured right leg. While for much of the year it was believed that he only had an ankle sprain, the most recent MRI revealed that Beal in fact had a stress injury in his right fibula. Both Beal and Wittman explained that it is not a serious injury and rest should be the remedy, which Beal will have plenty of time for as he is shut down for the remainder of the season. He did say that playing through the ankle sprain probably helped cause this stress injury because of the compensation he had to put on his opposite leg, but due to his competitive nature, he was not going to take himself out of the lineup. Beal also indicated that the injury will not cut into his off-season workout plan and he fully expects to be 100% by the start of the 2013-14 season.
Watch Beal's post-practice media session as he discusses his injury and his rookie season:
Randy Wittman also spoke with the media and first discussed the Wizards upcoming stretch of games. The season may be winding down, but the schedule is heating up as this may be the Wizards toughest stretch of the season. They play four games in five nights against four playoff teams including the top three seeds in the Eastern Conference. They start with the Pacers at home on Saturday night, then get the Celtics in Boston on Sunday, then head to New York play the Knicks on Tuesday night, and wrap up the stretch by hosting the defending champion Miami Heat on Wednesday night at Verizon Center. But, as Wittman indicated, this will be a good test for this team and a chance to see how they matchup with the elite.
Watch Wittman's post-practice media session as he talks about this upcoming stretch of games and about Beal's injury:
On Saturday night, the Wizards will be honoring the 1977-78 Bullets NBA Championship team at halftime. The team will celebrate the 1978 team with the unveiling of a banner commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Bullets winning the NBA Championship. Stay tuned to MonumentalNetwork.com and WashingtonWizards.com for all the coverage surrounding the event.