Bradley Beal on finally getting All-Star vote respect, previously being a snub

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Chase Hughes
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What Beal says about (finally) getting All-Star vote respect originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Bradley Beal had developed a reputation for being one of the most underrated players in the NBA following a series of high-profile snubs from the All-Star Game and All-NBA teams. All of that, however, changed very quickly two weeks ago when the NBA released its first round of All-Star fan voting. Beal was not only getting more respect, but he was also leading all Eastern Conference guards and by a lot.

That lead grew when the second round of results came out and now Beal looks ahead to Thursday night as he is expected to be named an All-Star starter for the first time in his career. Head coach Scott Brooks even sort of spilled the beans on Wednesday night.

After Wednesday's win over the Nuggets, Beal shared some thoughts on why he thinks the narrative with him has shifted so dramatically among fans.

"I think it's a little bit of everything. I definitely think the snub has a little bit to do with it," Beal said. "I wouldn't say all the way to the point where I [will] start. I think it was just gaining the recognition of last year and it just carried over to this year. Me just constantly working on my game and playing the way I've been playing."

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It could be a combination of factors why Beal is suddenly so much more popular. Being widely recognized as a snub may have shifted fans' opinions about him. He also raised his profile with a 60-point game, by signing with Jordan Brand, by becoming a nightly source of memes and probably by being the subject of rampant trade rumors as well. All of those things have kept Beal's name in the headlines and on social media timelines consistently over the last year.

Now, by beating out his peers like Kyrie Irving and James Harden in All-Star votes, Beal is shedding the label as a 'snub.' But after wearing that distinction for as long as he did, he feels like it may have shaped his perspective in a positive way.

"It's tough at times, but ultimately it brings you back to why you play the game. When I first picked up a basketball, it wasn't to win a trophy. It wasn't to win someone's approval, it wasn't to win someone's vote. It always brings me back," Beal said.

"At the end of the day, accolades is not what I want to be remembered by. I want to be remembered by the impact I leave on people... I just want to be a dominant player and leave a lasting impact on people."