Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 at 11:00 am  |  30 responses

Michael Beasley ‘Agrees’ With Coming off the Bench

Well, sort of: “Erik Spoelstra said after consulting with assistant coach Ron Rothstein and then meeting with Beasley before Saturday’s victory over the Washington Wizards, it was decided to maintain Beasley’s role as a sixth man…’The bench has been playing well, and we didn’t want to make two changes,’ Spoelstra said after Monday’s practice at AmericanAirlines Arena. ‘He actually agreed.’ Beasley would not go that far, but said playing behind fill-in starter Yakhouba Diawara is not an issue. ‘He obviously knows more than me,’ the No. 2 pick in last June’s draft said. ‘It was respecting the elder.’”

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  • suns2strong

    sucks for him.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    There was another comment he made…..that basically sums it up

    “If I was getting more minutes, I might be as good as they say I am,” Beasley said of the encouragement he has received from players and coaches around the league.”

    There’s really not much more to say.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Eff Spoelstra. He’s an excellent coach but I don’t know what he is trying to prove with Beasley. Tough love is one thing, starting Diawara at the FOUR (!) is another. Playing him as much as Quinn and Magloire is messed up. E, what’s the dirt on Beasley? Is he addicted to drugs? What’s the deal? I can’t see anything that would make him back up Diawara besides a drug addiction that nobody knows about.

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    You look at this dudes face and expression in games and he don’t give a damn. He is gonna coast his career and cash checks. Thats it. All that dude is and will be is a 12 year check casher.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Z…..I’ve got to be honest…..there is no issue with Beasley…..he just doesn’t have that aggressivness Riley and Spoelstra would like to have on their rosters. He’s had a learning curve for sure…..but at any point this season…..Chalmers could have been benched (if there was a better more servicable option at point)for his boneheaded mistakes. They’ve been egually good at times and sometimes lost as well. Beasley is working hard. I’ve seen it. But……..he’s also flighty…..I’ve been to about 20 games this year….and each one…..every single time…..during warmups….he’s fuc*ing around….watching the videos on the big screen….shooting 30 foot high arc jumpers….all while the rest of the team is getting ready for the game. I KNOW this burns Riley’s ass…..and Spoelstra by extension….so until that immature part of his makeup backs down a bit…..he’ll still be faced with roadblocks in Miami. His talent is unquestioned….he is easily the Heat’s second best player. But this type of sh*t is against the Riley philosophy and that needs to change for the kid to get a fair shake. He is just a kid.

  • littleshotlarry

    Aw, take it easy on BeEasy Beasley.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Mendel, that’s an incorrect evaluation. He’s not over the type like KG…..but would you say that The Robot’s on the court demeanor would read the same way? How’d that work out for him?

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    Nah, Beasley isn’t like Duncan, Eboy.
    His demeanor is way more laid back and carefree. Duncan is calm, but he seems focused. Beasley doesn’t.
    Plus, he blows way too many rotations on defense. I know Chalmers is equally as bad at times on offense (way too many quick threes) but defense is still the most important side of the court. Plus, I’m not always convinced Beasley is trying hard.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Allen…..some of that rings true…..but he is trying hard…..he’s just really tenative because if he fuc*s up….he’s quickly pulled and he’s got a soft shell around him because of it. In the games he’s been comfortable and scoring, rebounding, etc. and piosted good numbers…..he looks like a different player….a player that got minutes, looks and no derisive stares at his smallest mistakes. It’s been a “thing” all season.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I wish that coaches would let players be sometimes. Bench a guy for not being productive or for messing up assignments. Don’t bench him because you THINK he doesn’t care. Ultimately, his production is the only thing that matters. Every minute that Diawara and Magloire snatch from Beasley is detrimental to the success of the team. C’mon now. I’d understand it if he was being disrespectful to the org or the coach, but he’s just a goof. Lighten up, guys! People get caught up in wanting players to look ‘busy’ all the time. That don’t matter. Effing up on D matters but being agitated doesn’t. Give him 30-35 mins EVERY game like Rose, Mayo, Lopez, Gordon and Westbrook and you’re looking at 20 and 7-8 in his rookie year.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Z……I agree with most everything you just wrote except……(I can’t believe I’m writing this)Magloire has been pretty decent for them all year. He clogs the lane…..give’s hard fouls….rebounds decently….his scoring touch has gotten a little better. I never expected it…and he helped a bunch once Zo decided he wasn’t coming back.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    “Besides, i’m only 6’4.” Beasley didn’t necessarily add.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    How tall is he, E? I’ve never seen him in person. He was 6-10 at K St, 6-8 at the draft and 6-9 in the L.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Don’t get too worked up on Magloire, he’ll be back to normal pretty soon. If you’d know the kind of partying he does in T.O. all summer long, you’d stop having any kind of expectations for this lazy-a** fattie.

  • mdshuai33

    Jamal Magloire’s career is “resurrected” as the East coast’s DJ Mbenga!

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    I’m going to give the kid the benefit of the doubt since you watch more games.
    And, I do know that being tenative will kill a player’s game.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I think E’s assesment of Beasley is pretty much spot on, the issues with him are maturity and consistent focus. When he is focused he looks like he can score at will, and defend/rebound adequately. But, after making a mistake or two, you can see the insecurity come out. Also, that lack of pre game focus that E mentioned is very telling, he IS still just a kid, but an incredibly well paid one. Spoelstra and Riles are probably doing the right thing, for the team and for Beasley himself, by focusing on the things he needs to improve before his role increases.

  • A D-Wade Fan!

    Idk. One hand I like him coming off the bench. Especially recently! He’s been running the offense, passing to open 3 point shooters, playing acceptable defense. He’s growing. On the other hand….. his defense isn’t the best, and when he gets the ball, he’s most likely gonna shoot it. but i agree with him not starting. The problem is diawara starting. I like him starting on jamison, but David West???? I dont want beasley to get into foul trouble either.

  • giogolo

    beasley is a sleeper..

    as in sleeps in games.

  • Sir Chuck

    Watching Beasley play all season i must say he really is that great. and im not just saying that as a Heat Fan the kid is talented and can score with the best of them. I mean nothing fazes this kid. Unfortunately its not a matter of minutes(sure i wont lie a little more could help)or wether he comes off the bench or not. Its a matter of consistency. This guy needs to be aggresive on a more consistent level, i mean sometimes he looks like he just smoked a fatty and shows no sign of emotion or explosiveness on the court. There was an article recently about how he put on a dunking clinic during practice showing off his hops and just about kissed the rim. Spoeslstra later said he wanted to see that in game on offense and on defense for rebounds So just to say the athleticism and potential is all there just needs to be agressive! oh ya and his defense needs some work too…but like i said it starts with being agressive and having that killer instinct

  • Kozmic

    Be Eazy ain’t sh*t!

  • Melo Man TO

    Number two pick cuming off the bench…thats just not fair. give the kid a chance and he can prove why he was drafted ahead of Oj. Spolestra needs to stop hating or else i hope beasley gets trade….Raptors…

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Melo Man: the reason he hasn’t started this season is because I think he’s more of a PF than a SF, and you’re not gonna bench Haslem.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    big time minutes and (shocking!) big time production. why you would play him 48 mins (ot game)off the bench is anyone’s guess. ladies and gents, your starting pf for the miami heat, 6-7 journeyman with career avgs of 4 and 1: ya-khou-ba DIAWARA!

  • http://www.basketballjerseyworld.com NBA-JERSEY-KING

    Hey, as a Heat fan, I am not complaining, let him develop the way he is developing… Im just glad he ISNT the Darko/Kwame Brown/Olowokandi of this draft

  • rstar

    man i dont think itz fair to let beasley sit out…..all oder rookz…..drose…mayo….love….gordon….most of da guyz in da top ten are gettin startin rolez…….wadz wid beasley…….definetely hez da most talented player in his class……..offensively…he shud get a better role……anywayz miami dont exactly have a gr8 forward…….beasley suitz dat spot puuurfect…….dis is wad miamiz line up shud be

    c. jermaine o’neal
    pf.udonis haslem
    sf.mike beasley
    pg.mario chalmers

  • Tom

    Diawara is starting, he sucked in Denver, if he is starting Dwayne Wade is more deserving of MVP then i thought

  • ab_40

    gerard haslem is out for the rest of the season with a deep cut in his thumb therefore he has 6 stitches in it and is at the least out untill april 16th.

    and diawara>smush parker… kobe didn’t get his back then either.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    @ Gerard i guess i can see that but i still think he should b a 3

  • Onthejobtraining

    Aight, I see a couple people comments on my man Beasley and have on clue to what you are talking about. First of all yes he is still a kid…so joking around in warm-ups is naturally. Most of the time players are in the gym 2 or 3 hours before the game to warm-up. If you know anything about Beasley it should be that the kid is a gym rat, so lets be real. Beasley has so much talent its sick; the expression that you’re seeing on his face is frustration. Not getting the ball and not getting the right mins would make anyone with the right sense of mind frustrated. He plays with a guy that shoots the ball 40 times a game, who does that in the NBA anymore? If D-Wade is so great he would know how to get Beasley more evolved in the games. But he is to worry about going for his, every superhero needs a sidekick. Miami should have a 1 to 2 punch like never before but until D-Wade wakes up its not going to happen. Also Beasley is from D.C. one the hardest cities in America to grow up in, so his attitude is a product of his environment. Trust me Beasley will become a beast in the league, the best PF in 3 to 5 years…So all you haters watch out.