Bradley Beal—along with his agent and fiancée—is very upset by his NBA All-Star snub.
Beal told reporters Thursday night that he is “a little pissed off” by not being invited to the midseason showcase, despite averaging 28.7 points and 6.4 assists for a moribund 16-31 Wizards squad.
The 26-year-old finished with a game-high 34 points, along with nine assists and nine rebounds, to lead Washington past the visiting Charlotte Hornets 121-107.
Per The WaPo:
“I’m a little pissed about it, but I know how I am,” Beal said. “I was kind of expecting it, honestly. It’s disrespectful, but the real ones know, so I’m just going to keep competing and I’m going to try to get my team to the playoffs.”
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Beal is the first player in 41 years to average at least 28.6 points and not make the all-star team.
“Hands down, 100 percent,” Thomas Bryant said, sharing his belief that Beal should have been an all-star. “I feel like a lot of people feel that way. I definitely feel that way. It’s just not right.”
In a forgettable matchup between teams occupying the 11th and 12th spots in the Eastern Conference, Beal played like a man fueled by anger.
“He’s played like he has all year. Even though they didn’t name him an all-star, he’s an all-star,” Isaiah Thomas said. “It’s so political. NBA picks who they want, and that’s just how it’s going to be. We have no [national] TV games. All-stars, they always talk about on winning teams, but you pick and choose who you want on the losing team. It’s like, pick a side. It’s frustrating.”