Bradley Beal keen to take ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity at NBA London

Bradley Beal is hoping to grab his NBA London chance

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal is eager to impress on British shores this winter, and hopes the NBA London fans are loud and proud regardless of which franchise they’re supporting at the O2 Arena.

The Washington Wizards take on the New York Knicks on January 17th, with tickets going on sale tomorrow at 9am.

NBA All-Star Bradley Beal is excited to have the chance to take part in the annual occasion, labelling it a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to showcase the league on British shores.

“I feel like this is almost a once in a lifetime type thing.” he said.

“Teams don’t get to travel every year and not everybody gets to play at this level. For us to be able to do it and be able to take it overseas to where they don’t have a team, I think it’s amazing on both parts.

“It will be my first time in London, in the UK. I’m definitely looking forward to that. I’m excited about that.

“I think I’m more happy that they speak English, I don’t have to worry about any barriers!

“I heard the fan base is awesome, whether it is basketball are even football over there. I’m definitely looking forward to it.”

This season will see London host its ninth regular season game, with last year’s marquee match-up between the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics showcasing two of the best teams seen at the event in recent history.

The 25-year-old, like teammate John Wall, is hopeful that the crowd in London will once again prove themselves to be as loud and proud as ever – and he’s hopeful of impressing them too with his skills on the hardwood.

“[I want the fans] to be loud. Be loud and energetic.” he said.

“I feel like basketball and the NBA is global now and it’s taking over the world. I feel like it’s the best sport on the planet. I’m looking forward to it.

“I know the fan base over there is crazy. Whether they’re Knicks fans or Wizards fans, we’re appreciative of their support.

“Whenever I step onto the floor, I always play hard because there’s somebody who’s never seen me play before. Or maybe it’s their first time in person.

“I always try to leave a great impression on people and come into the gym and give it my all. I feel like our team tries to do the same thing.”

Tickets for the NBA London Game 2019 will go on general sale Friday, Oct. 19 at 9am (BST) at www.axs.com/nbalondon

Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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