Wittman on Bradley Beal: 'Looks like a hockey player'
19-year-old Bradley Beal chipped parts of his two front teeth on Thursday. No, this is not a tooth fairy situation. He's young, but not that young.
Before the Wizards shipped one of their shooting guards out of town, the starting version endured a head-to-head collision with Cartier Martin late in practice.
"[Cartier] got a pretty good laceration," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "He's probably going to have to take a couple of stitches, but he's okay. Bradley is going to have to get some teeth fixed."
As Wittman later described the scenario, the two guarded each other at the end during a scrimmage. One faked one way, one came the other way and "BAM. The hit face-to-face obviously. Bradley's teeth went into his forehead."
As one might imagine, practice petered out after that. Beal did indeed leave for the dentist while the Martin's head sported a wraparound bandage.
"It was a good day, other than that," Wittman said as the team prepared for Friday's home game against the Denver Nuggets. "I told [Beal and Martin] they know how to end a practice. 'You guys definitely dictated when practice would end today.'"
Later in the day Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said he believed both "should be available" to face JaVale McGee and the Nuggets
The accident came hours before the trading deadline - and the NHL game featuring the Washington Capitals, a group Beal's chipped look seemed more befitting.
"We've got a hockey player it looks like now," Wittman said. "We're in the same building with our hockey team so we might as well look like them. I don't know if you guys looked at him. He's got a pretty smile. He could squirt some water out of that mouth now I bet."