Bradley Beal Gave Bulls Rookie Ayo Dosunmu Advice During Game and It Instantly Backfired on Him: ‘I Didn’t Say Do It on Me, I Just Said Do It in the Future’
When NBA veterans see a rookie player they like, they often go up to the youngster and give them advice. That’s precisely what Washington Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal did to Chicago Bulls rookie Ayo Dosunmu during the Wizards-Bulls game on January 8.
Unfortunately for Beal, his act of kindness backfired on him instantly.
Ayo Dosunmu used Bradley Beal’s advice on him
Dosunmu was whistled for two travels for shuffling his feet on drives against the Wizards at the United Center. Beal, one of the best scorers in the league, gave the rookie advice on how to correct the mistake. It was a great gesture by Beal, but it also came back to bite him.
“They called two travels on me,” Dosunmu said after the game, via NBC Sports Chicago. “After the travel – the play before I scored – he (Beal) was like, ‘Just go deliberately. Deliberately go one way and then just get into your shot. Don’t think about it. Just take it and drive and get to your spot.’ The next play, I did it on him, and then he was like, ‘I didn’t say do it on me, I just said do it in the future.'”
This is a hilarious story. Beal was trying to be a good veteran by helping the young Dosunmu out, but he probably didn’t expect the Bulls forward to use his advice on him. Chicago defeated Washington by a final score of 130-122. Dosunmu finished with 18 points while shooting 7-of-9 from the field, while Beal put up 26 points and six assists.
Beal and Dosunmu may be Eastern Conference rivals, but they respect one another. The Bulls should be proud of themselves for drafting Dosunmu since he’s already turning heads and impressing superstars.
Bradley Beal on Ayo Dosunmu: “He’s a really talented young player”
Dosunmu is averaging 6.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.3 assists on the season while shooting 54.2% from the field and 44.0% from beyond the arc. While those numbers don’t jump off the page, Beal sees star potential in the Chicago native.
“He’s a really talented young player,” Beal said. “He just had his jersey retired with Illinois. Not a lot of people have that, you know? That’s a huge accomplishment. That’s a blessing. What he meant to Champaign and everybody down there, that meant a lot. To see his run and see the love he received from there, that was pretty cool. I’m a fan of his. I hope he does well.”
Beal and Bulls head coach Billy Donovan have a close relationship. The former played for the latter at Florida, so the two will always be connected. When Beal saw Donovan give Dosunmu tips on fixing his traveling issue, he found it funny that he was thinking the same thing as his former coach.
Real Deal: I told Ayo the same thing as Billy Donovan
Both Beal and Donovan saw that Dosunmu was indecisive with the ball in his hands, so they told the Illinois product to “catch and go.”
“He was traveling. He got called for two travels in the corner because he was very indecisive,” Beal said. “As a young player, you’ve got to kind of know what you’re about to do before you receive the ball. I looked at Coach Donovan, and he was telling him to just catch and go. And it’s funny, I told him the same thing. I was like, ‘You just gotta catch and rip, don’t shuffle your feet. You catch and shoot, or you catch and go.’ His a** caught and went on me to a one-dribble pull-up.”
Dosunmu said he appreciated Beal helping him during the heat of battle and will never forget the moment. The Bulls certainly have a keeper with their 2021 draft pick.