Kent Bazemore Responds to Bradley Beal Tweets: 'I Guess You Can't Joke Anymore'

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2021

Golden State Warriors forward Kent Bazemore (26) in action during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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Golden State Warriors forward Kent Bazemore said Monday he was just having a little fun while supporting teammate Stephen Curry when he referenced the injured hamstring of the Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal.

"Forty-nine points in 29 minutes, though, that's unreal," Bazemore told reporters about Curry's performance Saturday against the Oklahoma City Thunder during shootaround before Monday's game against the Utah Jazz. "Then we got guys hurting hamstrings, trying to keep up. So, y'all gotta do some research on that."

Beal, who missed the Wizards' game Monday against the Atlanta Hawks because of his hamstring, fired back in a series of Twitter posts:

Bradley Beal @RealDealBeal23

@24Bazemore you don’t know me or shit about me bruh!!! You don’t know why I go out there and play and it damn sure ain’t for another man’s approval!!! You a straight LAME!!! But it don’t surprise me coming from you, thats what’s yo type do!!

Bradley Beal @RealDealBeal23

@24Bazemore it’s funny you say that because ya mans admittedly checked my numbers before the game, but IM CHASING!!! Shut yo ass up!

Bradley Beal @RealDealBeal23

@24Bazemore 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾 https://t.co/deRpNP4xcK

Bazemore was asked about the situation after Monday's 119-116 win over the Jazz.

"I guess you can't joke anymore," Bazemore said. "I don't say things to ruffle feathers, but ... if you want to know where my loyalty is, it's to [Curry]. Anyone out there chasing him, it's gonna be tough."

He added there was "nothing malicious about that comment."

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater

Kent Bazemore on the dust up with Bradley Beal today that erupted online: "I guess you can't joke anymore." Full soundbite https://t.co/531rqdunQC

Curry (31.9 points per game) and Beal (31.4) are locked in a close race for the NBA's scoring title heading into the final games of the regular season. Curry was the league's scoring champion for the 2015-16 season.

Beal, who's seeking his first scoring title, has been ruled out through at least Wednesday because of the hamstring injury, which would leave him just two more contests to improve his scoring average.

Curry, Bazemore and the Warriors are back in action Tuesday night to face the Phoenix Suns in the team's third-last game of the campaign.