Inside the Most Important Summer of Bradley Beal’s Life

September 23rd, 2015 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

LOS ANGELES — Time is more precious than ever for Bradley Beal. Between his professional obligations, personal plans and pursuit of a spot on Team USA for next summer's Olympics, the 22-year-old can't waste a moment, even on the hardwood.

"We were in the gym for maybe three hours a day, and probably an hour of it was efficient," Drew Hanlen, his longtime trainer, told Bleacher Report of his early workouts with a 14-year-old Beal. "The other two hours was just us working our asses off, but that hour paid off, for sure."

Those long sessions helped to turn Beal, a St. Louis native, into a McDonald's All-American at Chaminade College Prep, an All-SEC performer at the University of Florida and the No. 3 pick of the Washington Wizards in the 2012 NBA draft.

Nowadays, his workouts with Hanlen are sharp, focused windows into the world of a budding basketball star. His shooting routines have been burned into his muscle memory. New drills are explained succinctly and executed as if set to the beat of a metronome.

But Beal's workouts, tight though they may be, aren't impervious to outside forces. On a sunny ...

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