Beal, who has had been an All-Star in the last two seasons, was having one of the best seasons of his career. He was leading the Wizards’ fight for a place in the playoffs before the NBA suspended its league.
Beal talked about his omission in a recent appearance on The Lowe podcast with Zach Lowe. Lowe being one of those who didn’t vote in favour of Beal, started the podcast with the subject of Beal’s omission from the All-Stars this season.
“I was angry, but I wouldn’t say I played angry because of that,” Beal said. “At the end of the day, I wanted to make the playoffs. The All-Star game was what it was. I’m not mad at you for your votes. For me, I will never take that moment away from the other 24 guys. Because that was me two years ago and a year ago. I can’t sit here and take that moment away from Jayson Tatum and Donovan Mitchell and guys who got their first one. I can’t sit here and do that.
“But for sure, I feel like I deserved it, my numbers and the way I was playing and the impact I had on my team showed that I should have been an All-Star. I think the players around the league showed that. The fact that the players voted me to actually start in the game was a sign in and of itself that I should have been one. I didn’t let it break me. I just continued to work.”