John Wall, Bradley Beal Comment on On-Court Relationship

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2016

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) and Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) talk during a break in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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The Washington Wizards' hopes of getting back into the playoffs rest heavily on the shoulders of John Wall and Bradley Beal, so it's important the two guards are on the same page. 

In an interview with CSN Mid-Atlantic's Chris Miller (via J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic), Wall revealed he and Beal tend to butt heads on the court:

I think a lot of times we have a tendency to dislike each other on the court. … We got to be able to put that to the side. If you miss somebody on one play or don’t have something go right … as long as you come to each other and talk. If I starting arguing with somebody I'm cool. I'm just playing basketball.

Now that you have your money you got to go out there and improve your game. I want you to be an All-Star just as much as I’m an All-Star.  If we were playing well as a tandem like the other two superstars that play together as a backcourt, play as a tandem, one night it's going to be his night, one night it's going to be mine, some nights it might be both of us. Those are nights it's going to be tough to beat us.

"It's tough because we’re both alphas," Beal said. "It's always tough when you have two guys who firmly believe in themselves, who will bet on themselves against anybody else, who want to be that guy. We both can be that guy."

Wall and Beal don't have to be best friends off the court in order for the Wizards to be successful, but there needs to be a level of cohesion between the two when they step on the court. It's good that they're airing out the issues now, but acknowledging a problem exists doesn't immediately solve it.

Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose had a similar relationship. In October, Butler said he was happy to be teammates with Rose and that they "can be one of the best, if not [the] best, backcourts in [the] NBA," per the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson.

But in June, after the Bulls traded Rose to the New York Knicks, Butler said on ESPN's The Jump that either he or Rose had to be moved this offseason.

Beal and Wall's contract situations could further complicate matters. Beal just signed a max extension, making him the highest-paid player on the Wizards, per Spotrac, which could alter the pecking order on the roster. In the final moments of a game, whether it's Wall or Beal taking the last shot could be telling.

Of course, new head coach Scott Brooks is no stranger to the situation. Under his watch, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook became the most dynamic tandem in the league.

Beal and Wall are the Wizards' cornerstones for the long term. If they go through another season and fail to build any chemistry, that will be a serious problem for Washington.