Bradley Beal explains why Kent Bazemore's comments angered him

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Beal explains why Bazemore's comments angered him so much originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The undercooked beef between Warriors wing Kent Bazemore and Washington Wizards star guard Bradley Beal continued into Tuesday morning when Beal joined ESPN's "First Take." 

"I didn't like that. I didn't like the last part of the comment," Beal said. "The first half of it about what Steph was doin' was -- I'm with you ... 49 in 29 minutes is ... I think everyone here can agree that's remarkable and truly amazing. So nobody's arguing that. But I didn't mention you, my hamstrings have nothing to do with how I go out there and play the game. For me to injure my hamstring and for you to kind of make a joke about it, I don't take that too fondly, honestly. Because I take pride in being somebody who my first four years I was always labeled as an injury-prone guy. I was labeled as somebody who couldn't stay on the floor.

"So I take pride in my body, I take pride in being on the floor and available for my team and giving my team that best chance to win. My main focus is getting us to the playoffs, and that's all I'm focused on. So that was all I was just trying to get my point across. Just keep your situation over there. Let's keep it hoops.

"Don't make fun of something that's not funny."

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This all began Monday after Warriors shootaround when Bazemore was talking about his teammate and close friend, Steph Curry. But within his comments, Bazemore also took what he thought was a joke about Beal. 

“Forty-nine points in 29 minutes, that’s unreal,” Bazemore said after the team’s Monday morning shootaround. “We got guys hurting hamstrings to keep up.”

Bazemore was referencing Beal injuring his left hamstring during Washington's overtime win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. Beal scored 50 points in the win, but he left early to the injury. 

What Bazemore felt was a good-natured joke resulted in a Twitter storm from Kamiah Adams-Beal, Bradley's wife, and then the Wizards star himself.

Following the Warriors' win Monday night over the Utah Jazz, Bazemore did his best to tell his side of the story.

"I guess you can't joke anymore," Bazemore told reporters on a video conference call. "Whatever. I don't know man, I feel like I'm a pretty lighthearted guy. I stay in my own lane. I don't say things to ruffle feathers. Hey man, if you want to know where my loyalty is, it's to [Steph Curry]. Anybody out there chasing him, it's going to be tough. Whatever.

"It kind of got out of hand. I didn't check my phone all day, so it's kind of blowing up I don't get involved with that crap. Gonna go home, love my wife, watch some 'Peaky Blinders' and go to bed. I got work to do tomorrow."

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When asked if he'll reach out to Beal, it appears Bazemore doesn't have any plans to do so.

"There's nothing really to explain," Bazemore said. "I was laughing, jokingly, half-heartedly said it. It's not like I said I hope he does it. He's already out. I ain't wish anything bad on him. It was just a comment. It's the kind of world we're living in right now, little bit sensitive, little sore palm calling me out. Whatever.

"Roll with the punches, keep your head down, keep going. It'll pass probably tomorrow. Gonna wake up and everything will be the same. I ain't got time for all that Twitter trash."

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