Washington Wizards veteran guard Isaiah Thomas criticized NBA over the All-Star selections. The NBA All-Star reserves were announced on Thursday. Thomas’ teammate Bradley Beal was a notable absentee among the All-Star names.
Thomas was far from impressed on his teammate’s exclusion and condemned the league for
“It’s so political,” Thomas, a two-time NBA All-Star, said. “NBA picks who they want, and that’s just how it’s always gonna be…They always talk about on winning teams, but then you pick and choose who you want on a losing team. It’s like, pick a side.”
In the season, Beal is averaging 28.6 points, 6.3 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. He is third in the Eastern Conference in points per game. Yet, he failed to find a place in the All-Stars line-up.
“I’m a little pissed off about it,” Beal told NBC Sports Washington. “I know how I am, [so] I was kind of expecting it, honestly. It’s disrespectful, but the real ones know [I’m an All-Star]. I’ll just keep competing. I’m going to try to get my team in the playoffs for sure.”
Since being drafted into the side in 2012, Beal has spent his time in Washington. He has shown significant improvements over the last few years. However, unlike many players who tend to move to teams regularly in contention for the playoffs, Beal stuck to the Wizards and has become a leader within the side.
Beal has been an All-Star for the last two years but has been snubbed this year.