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Michael Beasley willing to sit in a trash can to help Suns win

Michael Beasley has been held out of the fourth quarter for many of the Phoenix Suns’ games this season, but he’s maintained a pretty good attitude about the benchings until now.

The former No. 2 overall draft pick signed with the Suns as a free agent and is averaging 11.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game this season, but he is shooting just 38.9% from the field. The Arizona Republic says he has been benched for the entire fourth quarter in eight of the Suns’ 17 games this season. The reasons range from him playing poor defense, the team winning in a blowout, or another player being hot.

Beasley says he’s willing to sit on the bench, but there’s a condition: the team has to be winning.

“If I’ve got to sit in a trash can at the end of the bench during crunch time for us to win games, then that’s exactly what I’m going to do,” Beasley said after Sunday’s loss to the Knicks, per Paul Coro. “But if we’re not winning games, and I feel like I can contribute, it’s just discouraging. We don’t have problems. I just feel like we could’ve won the game. I feel like I played, not well, but decent and definitely better than how I have been playing.”

Beasley shot 4-for-10 (which sadly actually improved his field goal percentage), for nine points in the 106-99 loss. He also had a minus 20 for the game, which means the Knicks outscored the Suns by 20 in the minutes he played.

Beasley recognizes his defensive shortcomings, but doesn’t think they’re that bad.

“I feel like I’m playing pretty decent defense,” Beasley said. “I’m not grip pliers. I’m not going to clamp, but who does? The NBA is about scoring points. I don’t feel like anyone is playing head and shoulders above me. I feel like I’m getting into my rotations and doing what I’m supposed to do on the defensive end. I don’t feel like I’m that far, or far at all, behind everybody else.”

Beasley’s defensive issues have long been a problem for him (not to mention his repeated boneheadedness), so this is nothing new. He may say he’s willing to sit in a trash can Oscar the Grouch style, but his comments seem to indicate otherwise. At least he provided us with some outstanding photoshop opportunities through his comments.

H/T Rotoworld

Rick Adelman reportedly thinks Michael Beasley doesn’t play defense, share ball

The Timberwolves did not extend a qualifying offer to Michael Beasley this offseason, and it looks like we know why. According to a report, it’s because Minnesota coach Rick Adelman feels Beasley doesn’t play defense or move the ball on offense.

Britt Robson wrote a piece on Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor for Twin Cities Business Magazine that was published mid-September. On Monday, he published a piece on Minn Post sharing additional stories from Taylor.

According to Robson, here’s what Taylor said Adelman thinks about Beasley:

“What Rick said about Michael was, ‘Yes, Michael has been good. I get along with him. But I don’t think we’ll be a championship team with him. If I put Michael in, Michael can score, but he doesn’t play any defense and he forgets the other offensive players, and I just can’t tolerate that under my system because the other players are just standing around.’”

It’s no surprise to hear that analysis of Beasley’s game. You may recall that after an easy win over the Wizards in January, Adelman emphasized that the ball moved well that game. What was notable about that game? Beasley was out with an injury. Even Kevin Love attributed the ball moving well to Beasley being out.

Love also commented in the offseason that the Timberwolves improved because they got rid of some bad blood in the locker room. Between this report about Beasley, and ex-Timberwolves big man Darko Milicic saying he’d kill someone on the court, I think we know about whom Love was speaking.

Chest bump to SB Nation

Michael Beasley says he was watching cartoons, eating junk food, and drinking juice while the trade deadline passed

The trade deadline in any sport can be a stressful time for a number of players. Nobody likes an uncertain future, and although NBA players make millions of dollars it can’t be easy to not know if you’re going to have to uproot your family and move to another city almost instantly. Remaining focused while rumors swirl is a challenge, but Michael Beasley seems to have handled it gracefully.

“I know exactly what I was doing (during the final minutes of the trade deadline): I [sic] watching Fanboy and Chum Chum, eating pizza, French fries and lemonade,” Beasley said according to the Star Tribune.

The Lakers turned down a trade just before the deadline that would have sent Beasley to Los Angeles, but it doesn’t sound like Michael was all that worried about it. Neither was Pau Gasol, who says he napped while all the rumors were making the rounds.

As Ball Don’t Lie informed us, “Fanboy and Chum Chum” is a show on Nickelodeon about two kids who imagine themselves as superheroes and read comic books. If that show mixed with some pizza, fries, and lemonade doesn’t spell relaxation, I don’t know what does. It is fair to wonder, however, if Beasley’s choice in food and programming had more to do with him having the munchies than it did with the trade deadline.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

Michael Beasley Is Doing Ballet, Has Hired PR Firm

Michael Beasley is trying to remake himself in two ways: he’s trying to change his body, and he’s trying to change his image.

Beasley has never been overweight, but he doesn’t have the tightest body in the league. So what’s he doing to drop some pounds? Almost anything possible.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune says Beasley has incorporated elements of yoga, karate, and ballet into his summer workouts. He’s trying to become stronger and more limber so he can have a longer career. He’s lost 15 pounds and is now down to 225.

While Beasley’s desire to make over his body and get in better shape is commendable, it’s the second part of his makeover that will be more challenging. He’s hired a public-relations agency to improve his image. That won’t be easy given Beasley’s eventful summer.

You may recall that Beas was pulled over this summer for speeding while high on weed. He also got physical with a fan during a park league game in New York. And then comments like this certainly don’t help.

Remaking your body is easy. Changing his image will be difficult. We’d prefer to see Beasley do it naturally rather than with hired help.

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Michael Beasley on Fan Incident: If We’re in the Hood, Let’s be Hood

Michael Beasley got into an altercation with a fan at Dyckman Park in New York while playing an exhibition basketball game in August. The incident turned somewhat physical when Beasley pushed the fan in the face. His run-in with the fan made national headlines, and the incident seemed to fit in with the reputation Beasley has earned for being a head case.

Beasley recently spoke about the incident in an interview with I am a GM, and he seemed to indicate he felt his actions were appropriate.

“We don’t have no problems,” Beasley said of playing basketball in New York. “It’s the atmosphere, if we gonna be in the hood, let’s be in the hood.

“Let me talk, you talk and let’s go on about our business, which is what happened,” Beasley said. “You know I love New York; I love everything about New York, Manhattan, and Brooklyn to the Bronx, to everything. They can get mouthy but that’s what the game is for, you know, that’s what it’s about.”

So according to Beasley, his actions were completely justified, and possibly appropriate, given the environment. I’m not sure how I feel about that.

Does he mean that if you’re in a crack house, you should do crack? If you’re witnessing a beating, you should join in too? Beasley needs to understand that as a professional athlete, he’s held to a higher standard than the average fan at Dyckman Park. If he doesn’t care about his reputation, then it’s fine to continue behaving as he has. One would figure that an NBA player like him would be above being physically responding to a heckling fan. Unfortunately, he’s not.

Fan Smoking Caused Paul Pierce and Michael Beasley Asthma Attacks in China

UPDATE: Paul Pierce says the report is not true

Wait, Michael Beasley has asthma?  But doesn’t he … never mind.  On to the point.  People born in the 1920s probably think it seems strange to have smoking banned in indoor arenas and sporting venues across America.  While sporting events are a safer place because of it, many of them are accustomed to seeing Red Auerbach puffing on a cigar during Celtics games.  It sounds like Red’s tradition lives on in China.

As you all know, some of the NBA players have been balling over in China during the lockout.  During the International Basketball Cup, an eight-team tournament, Beasley and Paul Pierce both suffered asthma attacks as a result of the smoke that regularly fills the stadium in Shuangyashan, Heilongjiang province.  Both were forced to sit out a game (although Beasley also has an injured wrist). Here’s the translation that NiuBBall.com gathered from a Chinese news site.

“While playing in Shuangyashan, Heilongjiang province… Pierce and Beasley both suffered asthma attacks due to large amounts of fans smoking cigarettes inside the stadium. After the game, things got even more shocking when Beasley fell to the floor in his hotel and started to roll around in obvious pain, scaring everyone around half-to-death. At that point, there was no choice but to dial 120 (the number for an ambulance in China) and take him to the hospital.”

As Deadspin pointed out, Beasley’s reaction may have had more to do with the wrist injury.  Still, it is strange to see smoking allowed at indoor stadiums with what we’re used to in America.  I’m not saying it’s a better way to do things or a safer way —  actually, yes I am. It is.

Video: Michael Beasley Fights with Fan at Dyckman Park

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley got into a fight with a fan during a park game Thursday night at Dyckman Park in New York. Beasley scored 21 for Team 914 in a win over Kevin Durant’s Team Nike, but the big story was his scuffle. In this video filmed by twitter user Ant_ThunderUp as shared by IamaGM.com, you can see Beasley get into it with the fan. Check out the video:

Beasley is the same guy who was sacked by the LBS Nut Bag last month for his speeding and weeding incident. Is it any surprise that someone who lacks that sort of judgment in his daily life would also go after a fan? Not at all.

Chest bump to I am a GM and Ant_ThunderUp for the video