Beal itching to start training again

Beal itching to start training again
May 2, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Bradley Beal is starting to get the urge to work out.

The Wizards' starting shooting guard, coming off a rookie season when he missed 26 games because of various injuries, is on the shelf for a few more weeks until he’s able to train again.

Beal’s season ended April 3 when he was diagnosed with a stress injury to his right fibula, the small bone in his lower leg. He'd just returned from a left ankle sprain and had been playing through a high right ankle sprain that caused the season-ending leg ailment.

“Having this injury really sucks !! I wanna hit the GYM !!” Beal posted on his Twitter page Wednesday night.

Once Beal is able to train, he’ll link up with point guard John Wall during the off-season. Wall will spend most of his time in Los Angeles. He’ll also work with Rob McClanaghan, a noted basketball trainer.  

Wall shot a career-high 44.1% from the field in his third season and averaged a career-high 18.5 points. He had a career-high 47 points in a win vs. the Memphis Grizzlies.

His offensive improvement can be credited to his jump shot, but it took Wall a while to come around. He missed the first 33 games while sitting out with a stress injury to his left knee.

“I finally got there when I got in shape. Missing three-and-a-half months you’re not going to come back in shape right away because you couldn't run or anything,” Wall said after the season ended. “So it took me a while. It was good to see what I worked on (last) summer paid off. Just got to keep doing it again this summer.”

Small forward Martell Webster, who went into the off-season with an abdominal strain, wants to train with Wall, too. Webster plans to spend most of his time in his hometown of Seattle.

"I told him I was going to come down to L.A. and work out with him so he can definitely work on that jump shot. That’s going to be fun. I’m looking forward to that," Webster said. "And Brad, that kid’s future is very bright. He’s just got to keep that weak-ass ankle under control. Do not edit that. Exact words.

"If he keeps that ankle healthy, that kid’s going to be scary. He’s super athletic, has a very, very high basketball IQ and an understanding of the game and a change of pace that you can’t teach. It kind of reminds me of Brandon Roy. I think he is fully capable of being a high caliber player like that. It’s just going to take some time."