It has been a troublesome year for Phoenix Suns guard Bradley Beal. For the first time in his professional career, he wore colors not associated with the Washington Wizards. After 11 seasons in the DMV, Beal headed out west as he was traded to the Suns.
It’s been tumultuous relative to his health ever since.
He struggled to return from a back injury, missing 19 games. Details haven’t been reached as to the severity, but Beal did state, “It was more mental than anything. A lot of things were out of my control. Nobody is in control of being injured.”
Following a twisted ankle on Friday, he is once again gingerly walking around in the process of recovering. On Monday we were provided with insight as to what the timeline for recovery might be for the three-time All-Star.
Phoenix Suns say Bradley Beal (ankle sprain) to miss next two weeks and will be re-evaluated at the start of January.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) December 18, 2023
Two weeks until Beal will be re-evaluated. In other words, potentially the next eight games. The Suns play the Los Angeles Clippers on January 3, which may be the timetable for re-evaluation, not reinsertion. Beal will miss (at least) games against the Portland Trail Blazers (twice), Sacramento Kings, a Christmas Day battle with the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets, and Orlando Magic as well.
This tells us that this was indeed an ankle sprain with no structural damage, which was previously reported. Swelling surely must have occurred and, as it has gone down, the Suns better understand what needs to occur to get Beal back in playing shape.
Beal was spotted pregame without a walking boot, albeit cautiously, as he engaged with former Wizards’ teammates.
KD with his spinning routine, with Brad Beal in the background with no boot pic.twitter.com/lBjh07Yxfz— Suns JAM Session Podcast (@SunsJAM) December 17, 2023
Upon re-evaluation in 2024, Beal will once again face the task of ramping up to get into playing shape. It is something he has done twice thus far this year. We have yet to see him fully healthy and playing a full load relative to minutes.
In the meantime, get healthy Bradley. The team needs you for the postseason push. Hopefully, your team can hold it down while you recover.