Bradley Beal Reveals His ‘Welcome to the League’ Moment Featuring LeBron James and Miami Heat Big 3

Published 07/06/2021, 7:34 AM EDT
Dec 29, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) gestures during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports


Washington Wizards Bradley Beal had a remarkable 2020-21 season on an individual level. Even though his team didn’t make it that far this year, his potential was unlocked in an appropriate sense.

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The young sophomore from Florida was drafted into the league by the Wizards back in 2012. And since that time, Beal has been a loyal team member of his franchise. It was a matter of pride for the star guard back then to become the third-overall pick of that year. Beal also went on to be selected as part of the NBA All-Rookie First Team of 2013.

Bradley Beal sinks in his first steps into NBA

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To add to his moment of awe, Beal got welcomed into the league surrounded by an entire trail of stars. The Wizards star reminisces the ‘filmy’ moment of stepping in the league when he met the Miami Big 3. “My first welcome to the league (moment) was LeBron [James], D Wade, and Chris Bosh, and the Miami Heat team. So it was the preseason game, but I still considered it as my welcome.”

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“I couldn’t get nothing going. D Wade, I’m reading the scout reports, it says stay down on pump fakes. The first thing he does, spin, pump fake, right into my ribs..,” Beal narrated on an episode of Knuckleheads. “They were stealing the ball, throwing lobs left or right. And I’m like okay, yeah, this is real. So that was my welcome.”

Well, that must be a memorable entry to the NBA world! Stars as impactful as the Miami trio is the aptest celebration for any newbie of the league. Moreover, that time around LeBron James and the Heat were a talking point all across.

Apr 25, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) dribbles the ball as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland (10) defends in the first quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Wizards star guard was a boon this year

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Bradley Beal has been in the NBA business for 9 years now and this season was by far his most notable one. The 3-time All-star averaged 31.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.4 assists this year. Alongside the talented Russell Westbrook, the duo shared tremendous chemistry on the court.

Unfortunately, the Wizards were out early in the postseason. But Beal surely proved a point that he is one of the talented ones out there.

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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