Beal not 100 percent sure he will play in All-Star game originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Bradley Beal was named an NBA All-Star starter on Thursday night, but that doesn't mean for sure he will play in the game.
Beal didn't say he won't, either, just that he isn't 100 percent certain as he looks ahead to the annual showcase, set for March 7 this year in Atlanta.
"I’m very curious. I know a lot of the other guys don’t want to play. I’m kind of in that boat, too," Beal said.
"In my opinion, [with] the pandemic and what’s going on in the world and us trying to be safe – granted, I know we have protocols and I’m not saying we won’t be safe – but the ultimate experience of the weekend isn’t there. It’s mainly for the fans, for entertainment. That’s kind of [gone]. I think it will be crazy, but us as players will have to decide what it is we’re going to do. As of now, we’re playing."
Beal, 27, is an All-Star for the third time but is a first-time starter. He got more votes than any other Eastern Conference guard and is leading the NBA in scoring.
Beal considers being part of the game a "huge honor," but clearly wants to hear more about what the 2021 All-Star experience will be like. The NBA made official their All-Star plans on Thursday, including a wide range of protocols to keep everyone safe in what will be a bubble in Atlanta.
Will that be enough for Beal? It sounds like he needs more time to decide.