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Bradley Beal’s 2016-17 Season in Review

Jae Alan



Bradley Beal worked tirelessly in the summer of 2016 to get his body and game ready for his fifth NBA season. After signing a long-term contract before the offseason, Beal knew expectations would be higher for him entering the 2016-17 season.

His preparation and his determination to stay healthy led to a career season. Beal scored 23.1 points per game, up 5.7 points per game from his previous career-high. He would end the season shooting career-highs 48.2% from the field and 82.5% from the free throw line, as well as 40.4% from 3-point, his second-best 3-point clip of his career. Beal joined Kevin Durant and Vince Carter to be one of three players in NBA history 23 years old or younger to average 23.0 points or better and shoot above 40 percent from 3-point range.

Beal also elevated his playmaking in 2016-17, increasing his assists per game to a career-high 3.5 while continuing to control the ball with only two turnovers per game. His 3-point shooting was still elite, as he set the franchise single-season 3-pointer record by making 223 triples in the season, passing Gilbert Arenas’ mark of 205 (done twice, 2004-05 and 2006-07). Beal was one of 11 Washington players in team history to have four 40+ point efforts in a season, the first since Arenas had nine in 2006-07. He was one of 12 players this season to have four 40+ point efforts (one of four in the East). He had 52 games of 20+ points this season, the most he has had in his career (22 in 2013-14 and 2015-16).

The Panda not only became an elite shooter but also one of the East’s top scorers, finishing tied for eighth with John Wall in the East at 23.1 points per game. Beal continued to grow his midrange and 3-point shooting game, but also demonstrated an impressive bounce when he put the ball on the floor. He became a solid finisher around the rim and a creative scorer when his team needed him most.

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Lewis museum photo exhibit ‘Reflections’ looks into lives of prominent black Americans

Jae Alan



Given the barrage of criticism he faced, it seems natural that David Dinkins, the first black mayor of New York, would literally erect a barrier between himself and the visitor sitting on the opposite side of his desk.

The artist Terrence A. Reese shot a black-and-white photograph of Dinkins’ office that’s included in a fascinating exhibit that’s running for five more months at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture.

“Reflections: Intimate Portraits of Iconic African Americans” consists of 45 documentary-style images of the places where African-American groundbreakers lived and worked. As seen through Reese’s lens, the result is a series of incisive psychological portraits of such figures as the civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson, legendary blues musician B.B. King, the media entrepreneur Cathy Hughes — and Dinkins.

“People know the public persona of famous individuals,” said Charles Bethea, the Lewis’ chief curator. “What TAR [Reese] was trying to do was to engage with them in a unique way, by photographing their environments. The things we collect, what we put on our walls and tables, make us who we are.”

If the desk projects an aura of defensiveness, perhaps that’s because Dinkins was New York’s mayor during the Crown Heights riot of 1991, which pitted the black population of Brooklyn against Orthodox Jews. Dinkins was pilloried for what was perceived as the city’s ineffective police response. He lost his re-election bid two years later, and the defeat was widely attributed to the uprising.

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The Birth of Steph Curry

Jae Alan



When a skinny guard with a magical shot led tiny Davidson College on an unforgettable NCAA tournament run, he altered his basketball trajectory—and the entire sport. Ten years later, Steph Curry and others reflect on the March that launched a legacy.

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