LeBron James reportedly was not pleased with Michael Beasley’s focus

Michael Beasley mug shotMichael Beasley was a disappointment for the Miami Heat last season and hardly a factor during their run to the NBA Finals. Now we’re hearing that Beas’ effort during the season was displeasing to Heat star LeBron James.

Beasley, a former No. 2 overall draft pick, played in 55 games and averaged 15.1 minutes for the Heat. He only played 23 minutes during the entire postseason, and that includes 17 minutes in Game 5 of the NBA Finals once the series was already pretty much decided.

Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe writes this about Beasley’s “disappointing” season:

NBA sources said James was not pleased with Beasley’s focus and he lost the confidence of coach Erik Spoelstra shortly into the season. In one sequence that typified his career, Beasley swooped in for a tip-dunk in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. On the Spurs’ next possession, Beasley got lost on a pick-and-roll, allowing Diaw an open 3-pointer, which of course he swished. Beasley is likely to get a one-year deal on the open market and his past year in Miami did little to help his reputation.

Beasley will be a free agent and, at this point, there just isn’t a lot about him that will be attractive to teams. His career has turned into a disappointment, and he certainly did little to turn things around during his second stint in Miami. I’m not really sure why a team would be motivated to sign him.

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Fan heckles Michael Beasley with smoking weed blast (Video)

Michael Beasley tripped and fell down after Jordan Crawford made a free throw in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s Miami Heat-Golden State Warriors game, so a fan hit him with a most appropriate heckle.

One Warriors fan sitting behind the basket could be heard yelling something to Beas about smoking weed.

Why would he yell that? Super Cool Beas has a long history with the reefer. Where do you think we got this mugshot from?


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Michael Beasley needed medical treatment after punching self in the head (Video)

Michael-Beasley-punches-self-in-headThere are a number of ways Michael Beasley could screw up his opportunity with the Miami Heat this season. We know how much he loves speeding and smoking weed, so that is one thing Heat fans have to worry about. After Thursday night, they also need to be a bit concerned about him inflicting pain on himself.

According to the Miami Herald’s Joseph Goodman, Beasley was so upset with himself after being called for a traveling violation during the Heat’s exhibition game against the Detroit Pistons that he began punching himself in the head. And we’re not talking about love taps. Beasley reportedly hit himself so hard that he needed medical attention after the game, with trainers using those steel compresses that boxers use to reduce swelling.

Beasley played well overall, scoring nine points and grabbing two rebounds. He obviously expected more from himself, which should be seen as a positive. The former Kansas State star is only 24 years old, although it feels like he has been in the NBA forever. He could turn out to be a tremendous role player for the Heat, assuming he’s more careful about blows to the head in the future. I’d say he’s already killed enough brain cells as is.

H/T SI.com’s The Point Forward
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Michael Beasley arrested for possession of marijuana

Michael-Beasley-mugshotPhoenix Suns forward Michael Beasley was arrested early Tuesday morning in Scottsdale, Ariz. You have one guess as to what it had to do with. If marijuana instantly came to mind, you’re on the right track.

According to Scottsdale’s website, police stopped Beasley for a traffic violation at 1:15 a.m. and an officer smelled marijuana as he approached the vehicle. The officer then discovered some weed during a search of the vehicle, and Beasley was arrested and booked on pending charges of marijuana possession and later released.

Beasley has been in trouble with the law multiple times over the past several years. Back in 2011, we sacked him with the infamous LBS Nut Bag after he was pulled over for speeding and officers discovered he was in possession of marijuana. Moral of the story: the former Kansas State star needs to either drive more carefully or give up the green.

H/T SI.com’s Point Forward

Michael Beasley commits hilarious inbounds violation

Michael BeasleyWhy does it seem like things like this only happen to Michael Beasley? Even in a game where the backup forward had 21 points in 23 minutes, he still managed to make a boneheaded play.

This inbounds pass fail was awesome on so many levels. First off, it took place early in the second quarter, and as you can tell, no players were in the frame. Second, an inbounds pass from under your basket with no pressure on you is one of the most simple plays to execute, yet Beasley manages to muck it up. Lastly, watching this was like watching a cartoon when someone loses their balance by the edge of a pool. You’re watching and hoping they won’t fall into the water. Beasley couldn’t catch his balance, so he ended up putting the ball down on the court, causing a turnover. Super cool move, Beas.

The Suns are now 22-45 after losing 127-105 to the Wizards.

Below is video of the Beasley inbound pass fail:

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Lindsey Hunter stares down Michael Beasley SMH style after airball (Video)

Lindsey Hunter Michael Beasley stareLindsey Hunter had a tremendous reaction to Michael Beasley airballing a jumper on Friday night. The Suns coach stared down his player with a classic “shaking my head” (SMH) expression. He then moved his gaze down to his bench where he appeared to be looking for others to corroborate what he had just seen.

Beasley was subbed out about a minute later. He was 2-for-8 for six points in 15 minutes of Phoenix’s 113-88 loss to the Boston Celtics. Per Suns reporter Paul Coro, Beasley complained after the game about a bruised elbow affecting his shot. X-rays were negative.

To be fair, Hunter’s reaction to the airball is the same expression Suns fans have had all season.

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Michael Beasley on missed free throws: Gremlins are always messing with me

Phoenix Suns forward Michael Beasley has converted over 75% of the free throws he has taken in his nearly five-year career, so when he misses more than one or two in a game you can understand why he might be frustrated. During his team’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night, Beasley went 3-for-6 from the charity stripe. He was left searching for answers.

After missing a couple of free throws pretty badly, Beasley walked toward the rim and stared at it while shaking his head. He later explained himself.

“I had to scare the gremlins away,” he said when asked about staring down the rim, via NBA.com’s Jonathan Dalton. “Those gremlins are always messing with me.”

Has somebody been puffing the magic dragon again? As Pro Basketball Talk pointed out, this is not the first time Beasley has had trouble with these so-called gremlins. In fact, he blamed them for some minor free throw struggles back in 2010.

“That’s a college job,” Beasley told the Star-Tribune at the time, via A Wolf Among WolvesLuis Colon was my college center. He’s a big Spanish guy and when big Spanish guys get mad, they start speaking Spanish real fast. Every time he missed, he’d look at the rim and curse the rim out. So every time I miss, I’m trying to get the gremlin off the top of the rim.”

Considering Beasley is playing well at the moment, his coaching staff probably won’t question it. Last month, Beasley told reporters he is willing to sit in a trash can if it helps the Suns win. He has been pretty useless throughout most of the season, but he scored 20 points in a win over the Chicago Bulls over the weekend and 14 in the loss to Oklahoma City on Monday. If battling the gremlins is helping him contribute, so be it.