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Michael Beasley is considered damaged goods

Posted on: June 29, 2010 3:58 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2010 8:41 pm
 
All things considered, it was probably going to wind up like this. It's not fair, and it's not right, and really it's unfortunate when everything shakes out. But Michael Beasley is damaged goods in the NBA. That's the cold, hard truth.

CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reports that the Heat have bought out James Jones from his contract. That's not really the big news, clearing $300,000 from their space. No, the meat of the story is in the last few lines, where Berger describes the Heat's situation with trying to trade Beasley. That situation can be summed up with the phrase "no one will touch it with a ten-foot pole."

Beasley's history is well documented. He came in as a goofball, obviously immature. Then there was the entire ordeal at the NBA rookie transition program . That was followed by the photos . Then the rehab stint , which was reported to be part of the fallout from the rookie program debacle.

This past year? Beasley kept out of trouble. He just showed up and went to work. But the work, the most important part, the element that would forgive all the rest of the shenanigans, that part suffered as well. He was constantly berated on the court by Dwyane Wade, who pretty clearly had had enough of the youngster. He was bigger, a little big to play the small forward spot, not big enough to play the power forward. Beasley's got one go-to offensive move, the pull-up 15 footer. And it is a thing of beauty. As silky as it was when he was knocking them down in Manhattan, Kansas, where he wishes he would have stayed .

But his game isn't there. He hasn't become a leader. He's still acting a clown.

All-Star Sophomore practice is a pretty ridiculous event. It's a bunch of media guys vying for time with a bunch of second year guys, mostly to ask them questions about their more famous teammates or how it "feels" to be part of All-Star Weekend. It deserves ridicule and a little bit of fun. And Beasley had his fun, dancing around the floor interviewing other players (including interrupting a riveting conversation I was having with O.J. Mayo) (it was not a riveting conversation), and playing around with Craig Sager. It was fun. Who cares? He's a big kid!

The issue is that in the context of his career, it belies a pattern of unprofessionalism. While the other players dutifully went through the process, Beasley had to stand out. It shows how he thinks of himself, where he considers himself in life. And the truth is, he's just not ready.

The Heat aren't struggling to move Beasley because of his game. It's not especially helpful being a low-rebound percentage, mid-range-jumpshot shooting tweener with questionable defense. But the kid has crazy athleticism and can shoot. That description is one of an NBA player. But the Heat can't get him out the door because of his head, and because of his reputation. If Beasley doesn't want to fade to the margins before falling through the cracks, if he wants to capitalize on the enormous amount of potential he has, he's going to have to go through substantial personal growth in a very short amount of time.

This league doesn't take care of its young, nurture them, or hold their hand. It lets the system work out its own kinks.

If Beasley can't get the kinks in his head worked out and contribute to whatever altered roster he's on, in Miami or elsewhere, he's going to be worked out, too.

Comments

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2010 1:21 pm
 

Michael Beasley is considered damaged goods

Kudos to heatfan81 for standing up for a player on his favorite team. It would be easy to throw Beasley under the bus at this point in his career, but the truth is that he has never had the chance to shine the way other lottery picks do because he plays alongside Dwyane Wade. Wade is a good team player and tenacious competitor, but he definitely takes away touches from other guys. Guys like Udonis Haslem and former Heat guard Damon Jones complemented Wade's game. Guys like Beasley and to a lesser extent Mario Chalmers suffer from Wade's tendencies. It doesn't mean that Wade is a ball-hog... it's just not a good fit right now.


That's the way I've always seen Beasley. He isn't a bust in my mind. It's too soon for serious lables like that. How many other lottery picks from the past 5 years have had to share the basketball with an established superstar? Derrick Rose didn't. Tyreke Evans didn't. The psychological issues are something that we all go through. He's gonna have to figure it out just like any other guy in his 20s. But as far as the prospect of having him on my team goes I'd definitely want him.



Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: June 30, 2010 11:52 am
 

Michael Beasley is considered damaged goods

Beasly averaged 15pts and 6 boards this past year in 29 min a game. Translate that to 35 min a game you looking at a 18pt 10rebound average... Is that considered damaged goods? Oh yea the kid is only 21.



Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: June 29, 2010 8:12 pm
 

Michael Beasley is considered damaged goods

well said!



Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2010 7:58 pm
 

Michael Beasley is considered damaged goods

As a Celtics and Warriors fan, I wouldn't mind if either team picked up Beasley. The Celtics could use some "crazy athleticism" to go along with Rondo's. The rest of the Celtics stars are beyond that type of athleticism on the downside of their careers. I would rather see Beasley coming off their bench than guys like Finley or whatever retreads they pick up for subs next year. As for the Warriors, I think Beasley might thrive in their uptempo style. From what I've seen of Beasley (admitedly not that much), he is a good rebounder, especially on the offensive end - something the Warriors could always use.




Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2010 6:34 pm
 

Michael Beasley is considered damaged goods

Maybe he is part of a sign and trade so they aren't dumping him for nothing when they have a different way to get rid of him.



Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: June 29, 2010 5:28 pm
 

Michael Beasley is considered damaged goods

Heat fan here, if the reasons behind dumping James Jones and Daequan Cook were for finacial reasons than it only makes sense for Beasley to be next. He is more than just a liability to this team finacial. He is just a cancer not allowing this team to reach his full potential.



Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: June 29, 2010 4:57 pm
 

Michael Beasley is considered damaged goods

I have been a heat fan for years, and I have been disappointed once again how michael beasley is viewed by cruel media..

This report does not make sense because it suggest you that michael beasley can commit a suicide tomorrow because of his personality..

This kid has made mistakes, but he learned a lot from them an moved on...Michael is a talented player who can be a great player one day

if he is given enough opportunity...He hasn't had a real chance in miami but he has showed the heat fans what he could be...

I am gonna tell you this  beasley will be better than both amare or bosh if enough chance is given, you can call me nuts or whatever they

want...of course, I don't expext people to believe me 'cause they don't know what is going on in miami..

1) the heat doesn't know how to utilize beasley's talents.. in this article you read that beasley is only a  jump shoter pf, well it's kinda true..

Because our genious coach Eric, says beas to stay around 3pt line so that wade can penetrate to the rim....

2) he has improved his defense a lot...I am not saying he is a good defender but I can say that he is ok...and he is willing to improve more...

3) becasue of the fact that the heat got udonis haslem, beasley has had to play less minutes than he shoulda had....

there are more...just more....

 

from now 2 years later, I'll just laugh at the people who can;t understand the problem with beasley....



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