How Russell Westbrook has changed Wizards' culture according to Bradley Beal
Beal: Westbrook has already changed the culture that originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
At the start of training camp, Wizards sophomore striker Rui Hachimura was asked about the addition of nine-time All-NBA and former league MVP Russell Westbrook.
"Russell," said Hachimura, "has changed the team's energy."
As the camp progressed, Westbrooks colleague and two-time all-star Bradley Beal seemed to be helping to shape this feeling.
"He [Westbrook] has the résumé, mentally and physically, he's gifted," said Beal.
"Just from a professional standpoint, our work has been great every day. We haven't had what I promise you in my nine years here."
From the day Westbrook arrived in town, he has set a tone of accountability and instilled passionate confidence in his teammates without the fear of stopping an exercise to explain what he is seeing.
Not just correcting a rookie, but also a seasoned veteran like Beal who is aggressive and never misses any shots. Which is music to Brad's ears.
"It's a natural spread, it's a lot contagious," said Beal. "He's forcing that out of you and that's what I love for myself because I don't have to be the vocals all the time."
Beal said it was good to have a new voice and recognized Westbrook as a positive man who wants to get the best out of his teammates and has the necessary qualifications.
One aspect of the team to be monitored is that the young players get used to the competition next to Westbrook and Beal and not just stand around from time to time and watch these takeover games by these dynamic players.
"We're trying to nip that in the bud in the camp," said Beal. "I tell the guys to be aggressive and take this shot. I could yell at you, Russ could yell at you if it's a bad shot. But at the end of the day we want the best shot for the team every time." . "
For more information on Chris Miller's conversation with Bradley Beal, please contact NBC Sports Washington. This week, visit NBC Sports Washington Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday to see Miller welcome back the Wizards season.
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