Why Bradley Beal has the nickname ‘Big Panda’

New Phoenix Suns guard Bradley Beal, middle, is flanked by Suns president of basketball operations and general manager James Jones and had coach Frank Vogel, right, as Beal holds up a new Suns jersey during an NBA basketball news conference Thursday, June 29, 2023, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Bradley Beal will be one of the most important players for the Phoenix Suns in 2023-24. He is expected to give Devin Booker and Kevin Durant an extra player to build around for a championship contender.

Beal is one of the best players in the NBA. The three-time All-Star averaged a career-best 31.3 points per game two seasons ago. He just turned 30 years old and can score effectively at all three levels.

The Suns posted a Q&A video with Beal on their Twitter account. Here is why the newest member of the Suns goes by the nickname, “Big Panda.”

“It has a significant meaning,” Beal said. “Panda is a silent assassin, so you don't want to mess with them. And two, they eat a lot. And I eat a lot.”

Beal is expected to be an assassin on the court for the Suns. He will join a team that was two games away from defeating the NBA champions, the Denver Nuggets, in a series. Phoenix may very well have won that series if Chris Paul did not suffer a groin injury and Devin Booker did not injure his foot in Game 5.

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