Posted on: August 6, 2011 11:38 am
By Matt Moore
You don't expect to see much defense in summer leagues. The defensive principles just aren't in play, though you could argue that some of these clips make it seem like players are actually trying harder in urban league play than in the NBA, which is just insulting. But nonetheless, watching Kevin Durant completely shake and bake Michael Beasley into batter as he whips by him for a dunk is pretty special. And no, Michael Beasley did not mush anyone after this play, especially not Durant.
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:25 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 2:51 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
Matt Barnes will see your fan face mushing, Michael Beasley, and raise you to suckerpunching an opponent.
Just hours after Beasley, forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves, pushed a fan in the face at a New York City exhibition games, Barnes, a forward for the Los Angeles Lakers, reportedly upped the ante at a Bay Area pro-am game.
Barnes, who was arrested on domestic violence charges in September and suspended by the NBA for shoving a rival assistant coach to the ground in April, reportedly socked an opponent in the face during a game on Thursday night.
KGO.com has more.
Los Angeles Laker Matt Barnes got into a fight Thursday night at a Pro-Am game in San Francisco. It happened at the Kezar Pavillion during a game between Barnes's Dream Team and a team called East Bay. Barnes apparently punched an East Bay player in the face, but the refs didn't see it and Barnes wasn't ejected from the game.In an interview posted on TrueHoop.com, Barnes discussed the punch.
"There's only so much I'm going to take. I'm a grown man first, so if you think you're going to come out here and rough me up and cheap shot, I'm not having that s***. He elbowed me and pushed me, so he got one. People just think they can talk any way or do anything to ... me. You can't. You can't do that, cuz you know people are men out here. So if you think you're going to come out here and punk someone, that s*** ain't happening."Not only was Barnes not ejected, he went on to hit the game-winning runner.
Barnes is entering the final year of his current deal with the Lakers, set to make $1.9 million in 2011-2012. He averaged 6.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 19.2 minutes last season.
Here's video of the aftermath of the fight courtesy of YouTube user pcnc2011.
Hat tip: LakersNation.com.
Posted on: August 4, 2011 11:35 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 12:24 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
Streetball games are meant to provide in-your-face action for diehard fans. But not like this.
A number of top NBA players -- including Oklahoma City All-Star forward Kevin Durant and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley -- converged on the legendary Dyckman Park in New York City for an exhibition game between Team 914 and Team Nike on Thursday night.
Unfortunately, the courtside banter proved to be too much for Beasley, as the New York Daily News reports that one of the NBA's notorious knuckleheads decided to shove a heckler in the face during the game.
In the second half, Beasley began jawing with some fans under one of the baskets, at one point shouting "I get paid to do this!" to a section of the packed house.Beasley has kept busy this summer, competing in exhibition and charity games across the country. And, of course, getting busted for pot possession back in July.
Beasley is brash, talented and self-confident to a fault. If you had to list the NBA players in order of who was most likely to get into an altercation with a fan during an exhibition game, Beasley would certainly be in the top five, along with Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest, Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins, Dallas Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson and Lakers center Andrew Bynum.
Given that the Timberwolves are the league's most dysfunctional mess, Beasley has no motivation for toeing the line during the lockout. Whenever the NBA starts up again, he'll be playing for a new coach who has yet to be hired. If he could see the bigger picture, he would realize that he will almost certainly not be worth the $8.2 millon qualifying offer that will be needed to keep him after the 2011-2012 season, meaning he should be on his best behavior so that someone not named David Kahn might be willing to take a chance on him and his horrifically inefficient volume scoring.
Update: Here's video of the incident courtesy of YouTube user ThePowProduction.
Posted on: July 21, 2011 2:53 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 8:55 am
Posted by Royce Young
You need basketball. I need basketball. We wouldn't have it now anyway, but the prospect of not having it at all next year is a terrifying idea. That's why people have taken an odd amount of interest in players participating in exhibition games overseas.
Well, now there's going to be a pretty significant streetball exhibition and it's happening in Washington, D.C. We told you there was a possibility of this and now it's pretty much definitely happening.
The legendary Goodman League is set to take on the legendary Drew League in a showdown taking place Aug. 20. (You can watch a stream of it here.) And the rosters aren't going to disappoint.
Kevin Durant leads the Goodman and joining him will be John Wall, Ty Lawson, Gary Neal, Tyreke Evans, Michael Beasley, DeMarcus Cousins, Josh Selby, Sam Young, Donte Greene and from the And1 Tour Hugh Jones, Emmanuel Jones and Warren Jefferson.
For the Drew, James Harden, DeMar DeRozan, Nick Young, Dorrell Wright, Brandon Jennings, JaVale McGee, Craig Smith, Pooh Jeter, Bobby Brown (Aris BC), Marcus Williams and three more players yet to be named.
Durant, of course, has been playing in the Goodman League at Barry Farms for a long time, kind of making it his second basketball home. It's sort of the place to be for good pro-am hoops on the East Coast right now. The Drew League has become the premier pro-am league on the West Coast. So it's only natural someone organized a showdown.
With a dark summer of no official basketball because of the lockout, you should be very, very excited for this. And there’s no doubt the Goodman has a major edge here. First, it’s in D.C. Second, look at that roster. KD, Wall, Lawson, Reke and Beasley are quite the core. Harden’s been tearing up the Drew (he scored 52 there a couple of weeks ago), but the Goodman roster is way better.
I mean, who the heck is guarding Durant? Dorrell Wright certainly will get the call, but the Goodman has a ton of speed. Of course, I'm hoping to see Harden on Durant for most of the game, for obvious reasons.
You can be sure this showdown will be awesome. And you can be sure I’ll be watching. You better be, too.
Posted on: July 19, 2011 5:52 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2011 6:00 pm
Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum has allegedly been caught parking in a handicapped spot. Posted by Ben Golliver.
Who would have guessed that a big man best known for spearing smaller guys out of the air would have the audacity to illegally exploit one of the rare benefits afforded to our society's most vulnerable citizens? (Allegedly.)
Yes, that's correct. Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum, who made headlines this season when he knocked Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley and Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea to the floor with hard fouls, has reportedly been caught parking in a spot reserved for handicapped or disabled persons.
NBCLosAngeles.com reports and displays photos allegedly showing Bynum parking illegally while shopping at a Bristol Farms Market in Playa del Rey, a beachside area of Los Angeles near the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo.
The photos, provided exclusively to NBC4, were taken by an LA Parking Enforcement official at the upscale Bristol Farms Market in Playa del Rey. NBC4 questioned Andrew Bynum, 23, about the alleged incident as he was getting into his car recently. He slammed his car door and drove off without comment.The photos show Bynum loading groceries into a dark BMW convertible that is double-parked in a clearly marked handicapped area. Multiple available parking spots for non-disabled drivers and passengers are pictured in the near background, just yards away.
Shake. My. Head.
Top image via NBCLosAngeles.com.
Hat tip: LakersNation.com.
Posted on: July 6, 2011 3:39 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2011 5:02 pm
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley was reportedly busted for pot possession. Posted by Ben Golliver.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on David Kahn.
Multiple reports on Wednesday indicate that Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley was recently cited for possession of marijuana.
The Star-Tribune reports that Beasley was stopped while driving but was not under the influence.
Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley was cited for marijuana possession after being pulled over for speeding in Minnetonka, police said Wednesday.Kare11.com is also reporting the citation and notes that Beasley's offenses are "petty misdemeanors which will result in fines."
The Star-Tribune notes on Twitter that it's "unclear" whether Beasley will be subject to fine or suspension by the NBA, but the citation was handed out prior to the lockout going into effect on July 1.
The citation comes less than two years after another marijuana-related flap involving the No. 2 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Beasley entered rehab in 2009 after posting pictures of himself with marijuana on Twitter.
Kahn made headlines in July 2010 after trading for Beasley. The Timberwolves president said, ""He's a very young and immature kid who smoked too much marijuana and has told me that he's not smoking anymore, and I told him that I would trust him as long as that was the case."
The NBA fined Kahn $50,000 for those comments.
It has been assumed that Beasley is a trade piece for the Timberwolves after the organization drafted University of Arizona forward Derrick Williams with the No. 2 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Beasley and Williams are both score-first combo forwards and it's unlikely there are enough minutes and shots for both players.
The 22 year old forward has been slapped with the "red flag" label since his rehab stint. Another run-in with the police involving marijuana, even a minor one during a lockout, isn't helping his reputation or his trade value.
Beasley averaged 19.2 points and 5.6 rebounds in 32.3 minutes per game last season, his first with the Timberwolves. He was acquired from the Miami Heat in a trade that helped clear space for the arrival of free agents LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
Posted on: June 22, 2011 7:50 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 7:59 pm
Posted by Matt Moore
I thought we had this settled. The Wolves were not going to take Kanter, it was down to Derrick Williams or a trade, and all was right the world. Well, chaos has just been reintroduced, potentially.
Late Tuesday night, sources told ESPN.com that the Wolves were strongly considering taking Enes Kanter with the No. 2 pick.via Wolves considering Kanter at No. 2? - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN.
Kanter would actually make a lot of sense. It doesn't create the logjam at SF for the Wolves after they used assets to acquire Michael Beasley and Anthony Randolph, and while Darko Milicic has been serviceable... he's still Darko. Ricky Rubio with Love and Kanter means they just need to find perimeter weapons and they're set, with Wes Johnson a definite maybe at one spot.
But hold on there, fellows and fellowettes. From Ken Berger of CBSSports.com:
If Minnesota is unsuccessful in procuring a veteran star for the second pick, sources said the Wolves are comfortable selecting Arizona's Derrick Williams, who team officials strongly believe will be on the board after the Cavaliers select Duke point guard Kyrie Irving.via Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more - CBSSports.com.
ESPN also backed off on the Kanter talk today, saying it might be a smokescreen. If it is, you have to wonder if the Wolves realize that if you leak a hundred things (as they've been rumored in talks with everyone except the Harlem Globetrotters, Manchester United and the New York Giants' cheerleading squad), it doesn't make what you're doing seem mysterious and unknowable. It just makes you seem like you don't know what in the holy name of Garnett you're doing.
Kanter makes the most sense, so I'd steer clear of that pick as a selection for the Wolves. Much better to go with the player they don't want or need or their continued pursuit for a veteran star to pair with the Wolves who David Kahn says is done rebuilding. In truth? The Wolves likely won't know what they're doing until the call is made to Newark Thursday night.
Posted on: June 6, 2011 12:55 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 3:23 pm
Posted by Royce Young
The Wolves have been shopping the No. 2 overall pick the past few weeks. But it's looking like no one is willing to trade a good veteran player for it so the Wolves will just do what we all expected: draft another talented player who doesn't really have a place on the roster.
Except this time, there's more to it.
According to Draft Express, if the Wolves hang on to No. 2, they'll take Derrick Williams but instead of having him in a logjam with Michael Beasley and Kevin Love, Minnesota will immediately put Michael Beasley on the trading block.
It’s likely that Williams will be the one taken since he is the consensus second-best talent in this draft, according to NBA decision makers. If Minnesota keeps the pick and indeed selects Williams, sources say the Timberwolves will look to move Michael Beasley as they try to improve the “culture of the team.”Well that's a nice little twist. And one that actually makes a lot of sense.
See, that's been the problem with the David Kahn plan. He keeps adding talented young players but without any sort of plan or cohesion for the roster. It's just one guy after the other stacked on top of each other. People wonder why Sam Presti has been able to succeed with drafting youngsters and developing them. Why have the Thunder's players progressed while Minnesota's really haven't? A big reason is because they've got to be put into a position where they can learn through experience and develop in a role they're comfortable in.
Finally, with Williams, it sounds like that might be the case. Instead of planting him in an awkward role behind Beasley who will eat possessions and shots, Williams could actually maybe make small forward his spot in Minnesota.
I can't just say, "Good job Kahn!" and move on for two reasons though: 1) This hasn't actually happened and with Kahn, I'm like Kevin Love: I'll believe it when I see it and 2) because remember how Kahn said in an interview after the season that the building of his roster was complete? That was an idiotic thing to say then and this type of thing just makes it even more so.
Losing Beasley wouldn't be a big deal because the Wolves didn't give up much to Miami to get him (a second-round pick). And while Beasley showed flashes last season, is he really a building block? This would be smart for Minnesota, but that's what also makes me skeptical about it's reality.