Tag:Michael Beasley
Posted on: November 11, 2010 10:25 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:41 pm
 

Game Changer 11.11.10: Wall 3D's Rockets

Michael Beasley Nets a career high, John Wall gets his first career triple-double and finishes a sick alley oop, a giant Sonny Weems head makes an appearance in Toronto, Elton Brandon re-emerges, plus plenty of audio and video from Oklahoma City vs. Philly. Posted by Ben Golliver

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer. 

THE BIG ONE: JOHN WALL GETS HISTORIC ON THE Rockets

Wednesday was an historic, high-flying night for Washington Wizards rookie point guard John Wall, and he was all over the court on the way to his first career triple-double in a 98-91 Wizards win over the Houston Rockets in D.C.  Wall's top end speed is among the best in the league, and against the Rockets, who are dealing with absences and injuries in their backcourt, he was often a blur, racing out in transition and leaping into passing lanes. It was a hyperactive but still controlled performance for Wall, who finished with just one turnover on the evening and looked more comfortable shooting from range than he has all season.  For Houston, it was a tough night all around, as the Rockets lost Yao Ming during the first half due to a leg injury .  Yao or no Yao, the Rockets and they had no answer for Wall, who joined some elite NBA company by registering his 19 point, 10 rebound, 13 assist triple-double in just his sixth NBA game. Take a look at the chart to see how he stacks up to some of the league's all-time greats. john-wall-graphic And we'd be lacking in our Wizards/Rockets coverage if we didn't link up this video of Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas tossing a soft alley oop to Wall, who finished acrobatically with one hand. Too sick.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES OF THE NIGHT:

Michael Beasley:  42 points, nine rebounds, two assists, 1 steal on 17-31 shooting in 41 minutes in a road win for Minnesota over the Sacramento Kings. The 42 points were a career-high for Beasley.

Honorable mention to...


John Wall:
  19 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists, six steals, one block on 8-16 shooting in 42 minutes in a home win for Washington over the Houston Rockets. Deron Williams: 30 points, five rebounds, 14 assists on 8-19 shooting in 42 minutes in a road win for the Utah Jazz at the Orlando Magic. 

Kris Humphries: 13 points, 18 rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks on 6-12 shooting in 40 minutes in a road win for the New Jersey Nets at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

TURN BACK THE BRAND:

By Royce Young

OKLAHOMA CITY -- At one point, I had to look at my watch. I could've sworn it was 2005. There was Elton Brand, slender, fit, healthy and playing excellent basketball. It was like seeing an old dog get up and remember some of the tricks you taught it as a puppy.

Brand had his mid-range jumper working, was aggressive on the glass, posted up and defended the paint. Most people have sort of forgotten what an absolute force Brand was in the past, but with his start to 2010, folks are getting a refresher.

Against Oklahoma City, Brand put up a smooth 17 points and nine rebounds. On the season, he's averaging 18.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. And for a rebuilding team where he's a big focus for opponents.

In the offseason, it's crazy to think Brand was going to be given away for next to nothing. The Sixers wanted to dump his massive contract, get some picks and young players back and go from there. At no point did it seem realistic that Brand could be part of that building. He seems happy being on this young squad.

"I can see us getting better," Brand said after the close loss to the Thunder. "We need to grow and have this translate into victories which it will. That's a sign of us getting better; us closing these games."

This is the first time really since Brand has been in Philly that he's completely healthy and in shape. And when he has those two things working, his basketballing abilities really come out. He's not one of the premier power forwards any longer, but probably 20 other teams would enjoy having his services. (But not his huge contract.)

The question is if Brand can sustain this for a full 82. It's not that he's over-the-hill (he's 31) or that he has a ton of mileage on him. It's that his recent history has held him back and makes one wonder if he's got it in him to keep going. Character has never been an issue for Brand so even if the Sixers stink - which they will - he's going to go hard.

Brand almost looks like he's from another era. It just doesn't seem like he fits on the floor, especially in a game featuring the young Thunder against the pups of the Sixers. But Brand is throwing back to an earlier time, playing like that former self that fits right alongside these up-and-comers. And the old man showed the kids a thing or two Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

DON'T MISS:

 

WHIMSY:

Toronto Raptors fans hold up a giant version of guard Sonny Weems' head. 

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AUDIO/VIDEO GALORE:

Here's some video of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, who had a huge night with 31 points, five rebounds, and 12 assists, talking about his team's 109-103 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.



And here's audio of Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins breaking down the game from the losing side.

ONE FINAL THOUGHT:

During his career-high scoring night on Wednesday, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley was wearing his NBA head band upside down , violating the league's new mandate. Will he be fined by the league office?

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 4:29 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:29 pm
 

Wolves PG Jonny Flynn expected back in 3 weeks

Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Jonny Flynn is reportedly three weeks away from returning to the court after summer hip surgery.jonny-flynn Posted by Ben Golliver On Oct. 26th, we noted a report that stated Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Jonny Flynn was 4-6 weeks away from returning to the court after a summery surgery on his hip. That timeline seems to be progressing on schedule, as Hoopsworld.com reports today that Flynn is three weeks out from a return.
Jonny Flynn is making progress after undergoing surgery for a torn labral in his left hip. The point guard is participating in full-contact practices and the team is shooting for him to return in three weeks, according to sources. 
Flynn's surgery required extensive rehab and he's been gradually increasing his physical activity in recent weeks. The second-year player is fortunate he needed just one surgery because occasionally his ailment affects both hips and requires two separate surgeries and rehabilitation periods, similar to what Milwaukee Bucks' rookie Darington Hobson is currently going through.
In Flynn's absence, the Timberwolves have been just horrible. Wolves forward Michael Beasley called his team "the worst in the NBA," forward Kevin Love has been mixing it up with coach Kurt Rambis, and wing Martell Webster went under the knife for a minor back surgery. The Timberwolves are currently in last place in the Northwest Division with a record of 1-4. They got absolutely annihilated by the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic on Tuesday and Wednesday, losing the two games by a combined 74 points. They are set to face the undefeated (5-0) Atlanta Hawks on Friday. While Flynn isn't likely to turn Minnesota's season around single-handedly, the Timberwolves need all the help they can get.
Posted on: November 3, 2010 10:26 am
 

Shootaround 11.3.10: Blogging Love

Posted by Royce Young
  • Kevin Love is blogging for GQ: "Anyway, the whole thing definitely got blown out of proportion, and that's probably because of what happened last season between me and Coach. If you don't know, he and I butted heads a few times. I was coming off the bench a lot, and we weren't on the same page about my playing time. I thought that I was being very productive and efficient when I was on the floor, doing great in practice, working my butt off, and that I had earned more time than I was getting. But we didn't see eye-to-eye about that. Still, we sorted all that out during the offseason. And the morning after the Kings game, we talked about it again, about how we're not going to go down that same path this season. We told each other that everything was cool, and we laughed off the way people reacted to the Kings game."
  • Kevin Love Watch: 20 points, six rebounds in 26 minutes last night against Miami. There's a good reason for the lack of minutes though. The Wolves were killed by the Heat 129-97.
  • Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune: "LeBron James and Wolves forward Anthony Tolliver met on the court for the first time since he spoofed James' 'The Decision' television program with his own Youtube video. When asked if the subject was brought up Tuesday night, Tolliver said, 'Nah, no. Just said, 'What's up,' and kept moving.'"
  • Andrew Sharp of SB Nation breaking down recent NBA commercials: "Sorry, but any commercial that pairs Jim Jones with Dr. J and the White Stripes earns the top spot in the Commercial Power Rankings. We don't have many rules, but that's one of them. And God Shammgod makes a cameo! And Kenny Anderson! And there's a shot of an empty barber shop, just because... Why the barber shop? If you have to ask the question, Jim Jones says you're not real enough to know the answer."
  • Just as quickly as people reacted to Miami's first loss against the Celtics, some are doing the same with their recent dominance. But dang, they've looked really, really good.
  • Israel Gutierrez of The Miami Herald: "As if his coming back to AmericanAirlines Arena to be reminded what he's not a part of wasn't bad enough, Michael Beasley's night was made infinitely worse when he landed hard on his back and hip. He tried to walk off the injury but it quickly became obvious that his left leg wasn't responding. He was assisted off the floor, dragging his leg behind him, wincing in pain, and he never came back out to the floor. It seems the kid just can't win when it comes to Miami. He was a disappointment before he ever got here because he wasn't the No. 1 pick. He wasn't Derrick Rose."
  • Mike Conley wants to justify his extension: "I forget the past very quickly. I'm all about what I'm doing right now," Conley told The Commercial-Appeal . "This year is different for me. I'm a different player. This year is going to be a big year for me and the Memphis Grizzlies. Now, I know that they believe in me. They trust me. I believe I belong and they believe that too."
Posted on: November 2, 2010 9:28 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Michael Beasley suffers hip injury, leaves game

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley suffered a hip injury against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. Posted by Ben Golliver Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley, who recently said he played for the "worst team in the NBA," was off to a hot start Tuesday night before suffering a hip injury that forced him from the game. Beasley, who was making his first return trip to Miami after being traded by the Heat to the Timberwolves over the summer, scored 11 points in 11 minutes of action. At roughly the eight minute mark of the second quarter, Beasley was fouled and fell to the ground, injuring his left hip. He left the court to receive medical attention and, by league rules, was not eligible to return to game action because he was not able to attempt a free throw he had been awarded on the play.  Beasley then received an X-ray in the arena during the game. Jerryd Zgoda of the Star Tribune reports on Twitter that the X-rays came back negative and that the team was calling the injury "a left hip contusion." It's not immediately clear whether the injury will force Beasley to miss any time. For more on the injury, click here.
Posted on: November 1, 2010 10:24 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:19 pm
 

Michael Beasley comes back to Earth

After six weeks playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves, forward Michael Beasley is singing a different tune. Posted by Ben Gollivermichael-beasley Don't get it twisted: no one will mistake Michael Beasley for a bastion of reliability.  But, back in September, when the new Minnesota Timberwolves forward, brought over in a trade with the Miami Heat, was just starting to get acclimated in his new city and new team, Beasley's optimism was at an all-time high.  In an interview with Timberwolves.com writer Jonah Ballow, Beasley was asked if his former team, now loaded with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, was the team to beat in the NBA.
"Honestly, and I know a lot of people are not going to like that fact that I'm going to say this but I think we are the team to beat. You know, that's just me and my ego speaking. I think the Lakers are the defending champs two years in a row, I think the Lakers still hold that title. It's nice to see somebody try to fight back but as of now, the Lakers are still the team to beat." 
That's right, Beasley said the Timberwolves -- a team that was coming off a 15-win season last year, a team that hasn't broken .500 since 2004-2005 -- were the "team to beat." A team whose president, David Kahn, thinks useless center Darko Milicic is "manna from heaven" and who was fined for telling a radio station that Beasley had a problem with marijuana in Miami, but it was behind him now. The team whose coach, Kurt Rambis, runs the triangle offense without most of the necessary pieces to make it work. It goes without saying that Beasley's boldly optimistic prediction elicited plenty of laughter and wisecracks of the "Let's see what he says in December" variety.  Well, Beasley didn't even make it all the way through October.  Ray Richardson of the Pioneer Press reports that Rambis is already questioning his team's professionalism, just three games into the season.  Richardson notes that "the word 'Professional' was written in large letters on a chalkboard inside the Timberwolves' locker room Saturday night" after a 20-point loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night. As for Beasley, who enjoyed a fair bit of winning at Kansas State and in Miami, the transition to the basement sounds a bit rocky. 
"I feel like everything we've been working on since training camp went out the window tonight," Beasley said. "As of right now, we're the worst team in the NBA."
Beasley was so disturbed with the results that he sat in front of his locker stall staring at the floor with his uniform on. He was the last player still in uniform, but he had a reason. Beasley was preparing to go back onto the court to do some extra shooting.
In case you are keeping score at home, it took just six weeks for Beasley's assessment of the Timberwolves to plummet from "team to beat" to "worst team in the NBA."  That's got to be some kind of record.
Posted on: October 25, 2010 6:09 pm
 

Martell Webster done for 4-6 weeks.

Wolves wing out 4-6 weeks with herniated disk in back. Posted by Matt Moore

Well, then. What a fine way to start the season in Minny. Minnesota Timberwolves wing Martell Webster, acquired in a trade with Portland which netted them rookie Luke Babbitt, will miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back. The 23-year-old guard averaged 9.4 points and 3.3 rebounds (13.8 and 4.0 per 36 minutes) last season for the Blazers and shot 37% from the arc. He was expected to help tremendously with the Wolves' perimeter shooting and desperate wing situation. Without him, Corey Brewer and rookie Wesley Johnson will get most of the minutes, which should be entertaining, either way.

Brewer actually shot considerably well from the arc towards the end of last year, and with Michael Beasley on board, this doesn't hurt as much as it did. Well, for the Wolves, I mean. Must hurt pretty bad for Webster. Ouch.
Posted on: September 28, 2010 9:41 am
 

Shootaround 9.28.10: Table for three with Cuban?

Posted by Royce Young
  • Want to eat lunch with a billionaire? Jump on Ebay and top the current bid of $2,325 and you can have a nice sit-down with Mark Cuban. The proceeds to the auction are going to the Adrienne Shelley Foundation, a group supporting women filmmakers.
  • Chris Douglas-Roberts tweeted last night: "Now I can jus focus on getting W's & FGM. & STEALS. Y'all know I was top 15 in the league in steals before that guy stop playin me? Smfh!!!" That "guy" was Kiki Vandeweghe last season in New Jersey, if you were wondering.
  • Carlos Boozer on trash-talking with Miami : " We definitely trash talk a little bit, but we're excited. That's what makes the game so good. I'm friends with most of the guys in the NBA and you want to have bragging rights, especially me because I live in Miami in the off-season. So when I go down there, I want to be able to say we kicked their butts. This year, it's going to be different. They're going to want to say they kicked our butts. Those games are going to be lively and exciting… At the end of the day, we know that the Lakers are holding the championship trophy. Championship is going to go through LA. But as a competitor, you want to play against who is supposed to be the best team and you guys, not necessarily you guys, but people are dubbing the Miami Heat as the next best team to the Lakers. As a team that wants to through the best, to be a champion, we look forward to playing the Miami Heat and we look forward to playing the Lakers and Celtics and every other team that's supposed to be better than us."
  • Phil Jackson used the word "collude" to describe how the Heat got together. Matthew Bunch of Hot Hot Hoops looks into it: "Collusion is an interesting and, I’m sure, purposeful word choice. Collusion is an oftentimes illegal agreement among entities to limit market. All acts effected by this means are considered void. Obviously, the matter of the NBA pursuing tampering or collusion against the Miami Heat or its players is virtually dead, but Jackson is always known for playing a psychological game. Sometimes it’s the refs, sometimes it’s the league and maybe this time it’s the league’s fans, painting the Lakers as the good guys against the tainted Heat."
  • Gene Wang of The Washington Post: "Clad in a new No. 9 jersey, a fully bearded Arenas went about his media obligations without so much as a grin. The staid demeanor, like his updated number, represented a vast departure from his former Agent Zero persona, when Arenas carried himself as the exuberant face of the franchise and welcomed the adoration and attention associated with that standing. Arenas did not address specifically his tribulations from last season but mentioned a 'breath of fresh air,' signaling an inclination to redirect his energy toward remaking his image after the franchise reacted to the suspension by quickly removing all likenesses of him from Verizon Center. Part of that purge included an oversized banner hanging on the arena's Sixth Street side and all Arenas jerseys in the team store. 'Any product you own, if something happens to it, you got to do what you've got to do to save your company, so I understand it,' Arenas said. 'Now we've just got to move forward.'"
  • Zach Harper for Hardwood Paroxysm getting sciency with the Lopez twins: "If this theory is true, and I believe science is telling me that it is, then the theory of relativity will help my uneasiness with the Lopez twins. Even though Brook and Robin have different hair, different uniforms and probably different versions of Thor that they enjoy, they’re still so identical that it creeps me out. It gives me some solace to know that Brook is an offensive force while Robin is the answer to many of the Suns’ prayers for a defensive presence in the middle. I’m fascinated at the idea that the two of them excelled at very different parts of the game that probably heightened their skills even more."
  • Mo Williams talked openly about his retirement thoughts at media day: "You're at the beach and you're walking right to that water and you can feel it on your toes and you're a kid and your momma grabs you and says 'nope, you're not going into the ocean today,'" Williams said. "You're looking back and you're like 'wow, I was almost there.' You don't know when you'll be down by the ocean again."
Posted on: September 17, 2010 10:49 am
 

Michael Beasley: "We are the team to beat"

Posted by Royce Young

Since moving to Minnesota, according to his general manager, Michael Beasley has supposedly given up his old habits. And by "old habits," I think you know what I mean.

But then he goes and says something like this which makes you think maybe he hasn't.
"Honestly, and I know a lot of people are not going to like that fact that I'm going to say this but I think we are the team to beat," Beasley told Timberwolves.com in an interview. "You know, that's just me and my ego speaking. I think the Lakers are the defending champs two years in a row, I think the Lakers still hold that title. It's nice to see somebody try to fight back but as of now, the Lakers are still the team to beat."
So you are the team to beat, but then you're not? You have to admire Beasley's confidence though. And as a player, why shouldn't you think your team will be good? It's not very fun to go into a season admitting you're going to stink. But even despite egos and confidence, most people still have some sense of reality, something Beasley evidently does not.

But on one hand, you have the Timberwolves writing open letters admitting they aren't going to be winning anything important any time soon, then on the other, a player is saying they're the best team out there. One of those left hand doesn't know what the right is doing sort of things, huh?

Say it again with me just for fun - Minnesota Timberwolves: the team to beat in 2010-11.
 
 
 
 
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