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Bradley Beal won’t play in this weekend’s summer league for the Wizards due to a leg injury, and it is looking doubtful he’ll be able to suit up for the USA Basketball mini-camp later this month, too.
Beal, who was in attendance Monday to watch 2013 draft picks Otto Porter and Glen Rice Jr. work out for the Wizards at Verizon Center, still has some discomfort in his right fibula, the smaller of the two bones in his lower leg.
While he only watched the first day of mini-camp, Beal has been cleared for some basketball activities by the team’s doctors. He last had an X-Ray almost a month ago. Beal’s season ended April 2 when tests showed he had a stress injury -– but not a fracture.
“They cleared me to start running doing some light things. It’s definitely going to be a slow progression. There’s still a little pain on touch,” Beal said. “As far as hurting when I'm running its not hurting at all, or (when) jumping at all. I’m still going to take my time because it might come back on me.”
That's a change of pace for Beal, who repeatedly played through injuries to both ankles in his rookie season, a sprained right shooting wrist and a bruised tailbone. He also had to have dental work done to repair his front tooth after a collision with a teammate in practice.
Beal will be there when the Wizards open summer league Saturday vs. the Golden State Warriors in Las Vegas (CSN, 4 p.m. ET). Twenty-one NBA teams and one D-League select team will compete in the tournament that runs until July 22. USA Basketball, led by Duke coach Mike Krzyzweski, has a mini-camp scheduled July 22-25, also in Las Vegas.
“I’m not sure yet,” Beal said of participating with Team USA. “I’m hoping. I wish I could play in summer league. If I don’t, I don’t. For USA I want to play, but if I’m not 100% I’m not going to force it.
“Coach K wants me to still go. … (They) want me to attend even if I’m not participating.”
Beal averaged 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a 19-year-old rookie. He’s now 20. He held a basketball camp in his hometown of St. Louis which gave him the itch to get on the court. He also has been watching film of himself play. Beal has a laundry list of things to do.
“I know a lot of times my balance isn't right. Just certain little things I’m not doing right,” he said. “(I've been) working on my ball-handling, pick-and-roll, helping John (Wall) out, being able to create in iso situations.”