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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Articles tagged: Michael Beasley

Erik Spoelstra responds to Michael Beasley’s shots at him

Erik Spoelstra doesn’t appear to be too riled up over his former player Michael Beasley’s recent comments about him.

Speaking on Friday before a game against Beasley’s New York Knicks, the Miami Heat coach responded to the shots that the former No. 2 pick took at him this week. Here is what he said, per Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald:

Spoelstra also added this, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel:

Earlier this week, Beasley, who played with the Heat for four total seasons, criticized Spoelstra for not believing in him enough during his Miami days. You can read the veteran forward’s full remarks here.

Indeed, Beasley’s first two seasons in Miami coincided with Spoelstra’s first two seasons as head coach. Since then however, Spoelstra has won two titles and become one of the most respected and longest-tenured coaches in the NBA, while Beasley is now at his tenth pro stop in just eight years. That may help explain the difference in their respective comments towards each other.

Michael Beasley takes shots at Heat, former coach Erik Spoelstra

Michael Beasley has a bit of a bone to pick with the team that drafted him.

In an interview with the New York Post’s Marc Berman that ran Thursday, the veteran forward took shots at the Miami Heat and his ex-coach Erik Spoelstra.

“I feel I could’ve gotten more out of that organization,” said Beasley. “I feel Spo could have believed in me a lot more than he did. It’s in the past. [There’s] no love lost.

“There’s a lot of guys who didn’t play defense,” he continued, hinting that Spoelstra would single him out for his poor defensive play. “When the game is over and it’s 4-2 at the final buzzer, then you can hold one person accountable for the defense. When teams [are] scoring 100 points a game…”

Beasley did speak highly of Heat president Pat Riley, however, saying of Riley, “He’s a Hall of Famer — one of my favorite people in the world. He helped me in life.” But the 28-year-old did add that Riley “might owe me some things.”

Beasley was drafted by the Heat with the No. 2 overall pick in the loaded 2008 draft, ahead of the likes of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love. Unfortunately, he failed to meet expectations in South Beach and was gone by the time The Big Three era kicked off in 2010 (though he did return to Miami for two subsequent stints in the 2013-14 season and again in the 2014-15 season).

Granted, the former Kansas State star has somewhat redeemed himself with the New York Knicks this season, averaging 11.7 points and 4.8 rebounds in just 18.5 minutes per game. But you can be the judge of whether Beasley’s struggles in Miami were the result of Spoelstra’s coaching or his own doing.

Michael Beasley receives MVP chants during Knicks game

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that Michael Beasley is not a fan favorite.

The former No. 2 pick received MVP chants from the New York Knicks fans in attendance for Thursday night’s game against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Take a look:

In a game where Kristaps Porzingis was benched amid an 0-for-11 shooting night, it was Beasley who stepped in and took over. Beasley was dominant in the second half and established a season high for points.

Beasley has been on a great stretch lately for the Knicks. He scored 23 and 30 points in the team’s two previous games. He entered Thursday’s game averaging over 15 points on 51.4 percent shooting for the month of December.

Michael Beasley has some interesting thoughts on the human brain

Michael Beasley does a lot of thinking about a lot of interesting things, man.

For evidence of that, look no further that a conversation he had with SNY’s Taylor Rooks for her podcast “Timeout with Taylor Rooks” this week. It has been said that humans are only capable of using 10 percent of their brains at any given moment. That is a topic that has been widely debated, but never in quite the same fashion that Beasley debated it with Rooks.

Since we can’t really explain Beasley’s theory about the human brain as well as he can (or at all, for that matter), here’s the clip:

As you might imagine, the entire podcast is worth listening to.

Now, remember, this is the same Michael Beasley that once needed medical treatment after punching himself in the head during a game. He also has a long history with the reefer, which fans have enjoyed reminding him of.

All that said, maybe Michael is onto something. Since I’m fairly confident I’m one of those people that can only use 10 percent of his brain, I wouldn’t really know.

H/T LBS reader Scott C.

Michael Beasley thinks Knicks can be playoff team

Michael Beasley has some high hopes for the coming season in New York.

On Tuesday, Beasley called Carmelo Anthony a mentor and a best friend and said that he is looking forward to playing with the 10-time All-Star forward, per Al Iannazzone of Newsday. Beasley also went on to say that he believes the Knicks can be a playoff team in the 5-to-6-seed range.

Beasley, who agreed to a one-year deal with the Knicks in August, is probably a little ambitious on both fronts. The Knicks finished 31-51 last season, their fourth consecutive one missing the playoffs, and Anthony still seems likely to be traded. But the East will probably be even more rancid this season, and there are some subtle signs that Anthony remains committed to the team as training camp nears. As for Beasley, we already know he’s all-in on the Knicks, and the irrational confidence here is certainly true to character for him.

Michael Beasley tired of not being respected

Michael Beasley has heard every last one of your bust jokes and your marijuana punchlines over the years, and he is one hundred percent over it.

In an interview with Marc Berman of the New York Post on Friday, the former No. 2 overall pick said he is sick of not getting the respect he feels he deserves.

“Look at my nine-year career, I’ve always been close to a point a minute,” he said. “I’ve always been a walking bucket. Nobody can stop me, hasn’t stopped me my last nine years. Every time I’ve touched the ball, the defender’s scared … I’m just tired of not getting the acknowledgement of being who I am.

“I’ve always been the quiet, not-stand-up-for-myself-kind-of-guy,” continued Beasley. “Not being disrespectful. But I want my respect. For the last nine years, I’ve been a walking bucket, man. Anytime you want a point, I’ll give you a point, no matter what the circumstances, who the player is defending me.”

The 28-year-old Beasley, who turned down more money to sign with the Knicks this summer, has always been able to, as he says, get dem buckets. But his off-court incidents, various legal troubles, and overall failure to live up to his draft position have come to define Beasley in the eyes of many. Now it’ll be on him to prove in The Big Apple why he deserves some respeck on his name.

Report: Michael Beasley turned down more money in China to sign with Knicks

Michael Beasley was apparently intent on migrating to the basketball mecca.

International basketball reporter David Pick said Tuesday that Beasley, who agreed to terms with the New York Knicks on a one-year deal, turned down what would have been a greater net income from China in favor of the Knicks.

The former No. 2 overall pick averaged 9.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per game for the Milwaukee Bucks last season. Beasley previously had an illustrious few seasons playing in China, so the idea of a return must have been quite enticing. But NBA teams were still quite interested in him, and it’s hard to beat an opportunity to continue playing at the highest level of basketball and to now do so in the league’s biggest market.

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