The unassuming budding star for the Wizards, meanwhile, actually managed to earn a loving distinction for his aggressive eating habits. Per The Washington Post's Michael Lee:
Garrett Temple said #wizards have given Bradley Beal the nickname, "Big Panda." Why? Beal: "Because I eat a lot, like a Panda bear."— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) December 17, 2013
With a listed height and weight of 6'5", 207 pounds, the 20-year-old sharpshooter definitely qualifies as stocky. He doesn't, however, seem to fit the nickname "Big Panda" in terms of an eye test.
"Whenever we go out to eat, he might get the biggest meal, and he's gonna finish it," the All-Star floor general said. "Sometimes I'm gonna be honest and I'm like, 'Man I can't finish, I've got to take it to go.' He finds a way to be the only one to finish his meal."
To that, Beal responded by saying, "You've got to get your second wind."
Travel Channel's Adam Richman would be proud.
Beal's newly minted nickname has already started circulating around the notorious realms of the Internet:
So what is Beal's favorite food?
"He's a big pizza guy," Wall said, per Steinberg.
"Big pizza guy" might be an understatement, as the former Florida Gator actually received a shipment of pizzas from a St. Louis pizza chain (his hometown) during Washington's first-round series against the Chicago Bulls, per The Washington Post's Scott Allen.
"They sent like five; I ate two. I've still got three left," Beal said, per Steinberg.
So I ask you: What's the difference between Beal, aka "Big Panda," and San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who holds claim to the "Kung Fu Panda" nickname?
The answer? About 40 pounds.