John Wall and Bradley Beal have had a relationship perceived to be strained at various points during their time together with the Washington Wizards.
"It never was bad. But now we spend more time together off the court," said Wall. "He had [former Wizards guard] Garrett Temple [now with the Sacramento Kings]. That was his guy. I had my guy. But now we spend a lot more time together. We’re just building a bond. We always joke and have fun. We play cards on the plane with each other. All that stuff equaled up to us making a better bond.
"We never disliked each other. There are times on the court where you are going to dislike a player. You want the ball. They want the ball."
Wall was asked when times were the toughest between the two of them.
"Basically, us both coming off of injuries. I’d be in a rhythm and he might be coming off of injury," said Wall. "Or he’s in a rhythm and I might be coming off of injury. We try to figure out who is going to get the last shot. Who is going to get the guy [defensively]? Who is going to do this? Who is going to do that? The good thing is we understand this, ‘Go out there and play your game. When you’re in a rhythm, you’re in a rhythm.’
"We understand how to find each other, at the same time play our game. That’s where I excel a lot. I normally have the ball. I’m going to get my shot whenever I want to. But my job is to get him going. That’s where we are a better team."