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#pounditFriday, April 16, 2021

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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