Washington Wizards Call Bradley Beal 'Big Panda' Because He Eats so Much

Ben Leibowitz@BenLeboCorrespondent IIIMay 9, 2014

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Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal may be in the running for best NBA nickname.

New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton took plenty of potshots during the 2013-14 season regarding his weight.

Houston Rockets All-Star center Dwight Howard unveiled in December that he "was consuming the equivalent of 24 Hershey bars a day in the form of candy and soda," per CBS Sports' Ken Berger.

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:

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.

Wizards point guard John Wall explained the moniker after being asked about it by NBC Washington's Dianna Russini (h/t The Washington Post's Dan Steinberg).

"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.


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