Harrell’s production this season may be to blame for the Lakers. He averages 17.5 points and 9 rebounds on 65.3 percent shooting, which is on pace to reach a career-high. And he’s mostly been doing so from off the bench, playing the most minutes of his career. By some metrics, Harrell hasn’t just been the best player on the Wizards, he’s also been one of the most productive players in the NBA.
Seasons has felt, Harrell said, “the weight is coming off my shoulders.”
If anyone is familiar with the trials and tribulations of basketball, it is Unseld, the rookie head coach of the Wizards. His father, Wes Unseld, played for the franchise from 1968, when it was known as the Baltimore Bullets, until his retirement in 1981. The elder Unseld won the Most Valuable Player award, and is one of the most famous players in team history. , He was also the team’s head coach for seven seasons, and was one of its front office officials for years. He passed away last year.
Asked what advice his father gave him about coaching, Unseld Jr. said, “‘Don’t do that.'”
“I saw its effect on him,” said Anseld, who was an assistant coach for the NBA for 16 years. He added: “I think his competitive spirit and his approach was different from the players he coached.”
Unseld said he is trying to be more equal.
“Maybe it’s my personality,” he said. “Maybe it’s just my nature. I never get too high. I never want to be low. It doesn’t mean you’re devoid of emotion and you don’t care, but try to keep things in perspective. “
What is clear is that the franchise still revolves around Beale. It is the 28-year-old Beale’s 10th season with the Washington, which saw him draft third overall in 2012. A three-time All-Star, he could become a free agent this summer, in the era of player-engineered SuperTeams. Shepard said the Wizards are committed to persuading Beale to stay and a recent roster overhaul was part of that effort.
“He has been a big catalyst and a huge supporter for everything we have done,” Shepard said, adding, “Our whole intention is to build around Bradley Beal and Bradley Beal.