Bulls’ Ayo Dosunmu uses Bradley Beal in-game advice against him

Ayo Dosunmu enjoyed his personal NBA first when the Chicago Bulls won Friday against the Washington Wizards at United Center.

He received in-game advice from an opposing player.

That player was Bradley Beal, whom Dosunmu kept during stretches and called “hands down the best” he has faced to change direction “on a dime” – which made the Wizards star the perfect outfitter of wisdom after Dosunmu was hissed for two trips for mixing his feet on the records.

“They called two trips on me,” Dosunmu said. “After the trip – the game before I scored – he (Beal) was like, ‘Go for it on purpose. Go deliberately one way, then start your shot. Don’t think about it, take it and drive and meet for you.

Good advice, of course. Unfortunately for the Beal, it immediately backfired.

“The next piece, I did it on him,” Dosunmu said. “And then he said to me, ‘I didn’t say do it on me, I just said do it in the future.'”

Beal corroborated the story in his own post-game interview, claiming to have seen Bulls head coach Billy Donovan, who coached Beal at the University of Florida, give Dosunmu the same advice.

“He was traveling, he was called on two trips around the area because he was so undecided,” Beal said. “As a young player you kind of have to know what you’re about to do before you get the ball. I looked at Coach Donovan and he was telling him to grab and go. And it’s funny, I told him the same thing. I was like, ‘You just gotta grab and rip, don’t drag your feet. You grab and pull or you grab and go.

“Her ass grabbed and went over me for a pull-up dribble.”

Dosunmu has a reputation for being a voracious questioner and quick learner in the Bulls’ locker room. Rightfully so, he enjoyed Beal’s frankness, as evidenced by his instant reprogramming.

“This was probably the first time a vet had done this,” Dosunmu said. “But it also shows what kind of player and person he is. He saw something that could have been fixed, and he saw something in me that he could help me correct, and he gave me advice. So I think that’s just cool of him, and I appreciate that because he’s one of the top scorers in this league, getting some advice from him is how the trend continues.

Beal returned the favor by praising the Bulls rookie.

“He’s a really talented young player,” said Beal. “He just retired his jersey with Illinois. Not many people have that, you know? It’s a huge accomplishment, it’s a blessing. What he meant to Champaign and everyone there, that meant a lot. Seeing his run and seeing the love he received from it was pretty cool. I am a fan of him. I hope he is doing well.

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