Bradley Beal has been playing with USA Basketball for a while. When he got the call from Jerry Colangelo asking if he would join the team for the Summer Olympics, he said it was a no-brainer.
Beal recently talked to Sabreena Merchant of SB Nation about his life, basketball, and the Olympics. The decision for Beal was easy. He's been playing with USA basketball since he was 16 and has been a strong part of the program ever since. Now he's excited to have his first opportunity as an Olympian and potentially help this roster win the USA another gold medal.
Beal has said that the camp has been a great experience so far. He's using it to learn from other players like Damian Lillard, Kevin Durant and the great coaches like Gregg Popovich.
"But more or less, even just shooting more of them is something that I could do better and be better at, too. So those are probably the two things and then, obviously, learning from so many guys on this team, you know their mentality going into the game, their preparation, the same with Pop."Bradley Beal
Looking forward to his next season with the Wizards, Beal is excited to see his team get healthy again. They dealt with injuries and COVID for much of the season, leaving them as the 8 seed in the playoffs.
"Oh man, guys getting healthy. That’s the biggest thing, Deni (Avdija) suffered an injury, I think he broke his foot at the end of the year. Thomas Bryant tore his ACL at the beginning of the year, so those two injuries hurt."Bradley Beal
It will be interesting to see what direction the Wizards take next year. They are currently looking for a new head coach. Beal said he hasn't been too heavily involved in that but does want to be consulted on the options near the end of the search.
If Beal can keep improving, he could be in line for another All-NBA bid and help his Wizards team improve on this past season.