One constant over the last couple of years of Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal has been his struggles with injuries. Beal has been sidelined with major ailments that kept him out for extended periods of time. In light of his recent hamstring injury, Beal didn’t sound too optimistic about his healthy moving forward.
“It’s more of a mental thing, just being able to take some type of pain, some type of soreness,” Beal told Candace Buckner of the Washington Post. “It’s tough with a hamstring because it’s not going to all the way clear up on you. You’re not going to go back to 100 percent, you’re going to have to work through some things. I was able to tolerate some soreness and stiffness and it actually feels a little bit better too.”
Beal has been unable to get past injuries in each of his last two seasons playing 63 and 55 games respectfully. He appears to be headed down that same path this season. This comes after an offseason where Wizards committed a max contract worth $128 million over five years
That said, Beal is just 23 years old and has plenty of productive years ahead of him. If he can shed the injury-proven label, he has shown to be a talented scorer and effective shooter from beyond the arc. However, if this trend continues to persist it could prevent him from ever living up to his massive contract.