Michael Beasley's signing with the Lakers was officially announced Monday and he's excited to be in Los Angeles. With Beasley being added with LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson, such a cast of characters could make the Lakers' locker room a little odd during the season. Maybe even have some drama.
When Beasley was asked about that by Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, he responded in a way that could be seen as a little defensive. He doesn't want himself or his new teammates to be judged so harshly before they've even had a chance to play together.
"If everybody does their job right and stops judging some players, me mainly, you'll figure out that guys like me and Nick Young and J.R. Smith and Lance Stephenson and guys like that, actually know how to play basketball, actually know how to win basketball games and actually know how to get along with others."
The category of player Beasley is putting himself in is one full of goofballs and gunners. J.R. Smith and Nick Young are notorious shooters who have no conscience and have been known for some of their over-the-top celebrations when they make baskets. Stephenson, of course, is one of the NBA's biggest agitators. But Beasley doesn't want them to be judged for their actions that don't really have anything to do with the way they play the game.
In a sense Beasley is correct. It shouldn't matter that he's not known for being an intense player similar to his new teammate, James, or some of the other stars around the NBA. As long as his production on the court is strong, then that should lead to success in the locker room. Winning solves all problems, so as long as the Lakers win games they should never have to worry about personality clashes.