'Equality': Beal, Westbrook, Wizards make statement in photo

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, left, high-fives teammate Russell Westbrook after Beal was fouled in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 19, 2021, in Washington.

    Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, left, high-fives teammate Russell Westbrook after Beal was fouled in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 19, 2021, in Washington. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 5/4/2021 1:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- Bradley Beal, Russell Westbrook and the rest of the Washington Wizards wore black T-shirts with one word in white capital letters on each -- 'œaccountability,' 'œequality' or 'œjustice' -- for their annual team photo.

'œIt's definitely a statement piece for us,' Beal, who is second in the NBA in scoring average this season, said in a video posted Tuesday by the Wizards on Twitter.

 

'œThis is us just kind of choosing a few words that we kind of live by and we kind of hold ourselves to as men and as teammates,' Beal added.

His shirt said 'œJustice.' Westbrook's said 'œAccountability.'

'œI think it's amazing how we are, as a team, doing something a little different ... having shirts that actually have some substantial meaning behind it,' said Westbrook, who leads the league in assists and is assured of averaging a triple-double over the course of an entire season for the fourth time in his career.

Washington has made a late-season surge to get itself in position to earn a play-in berth.

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