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Friday, October 21st, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  40 responses

Michael Beasley Now Doing Ballet


Move over, Yoga. Michael Beasley is here to introduce the League’s newest fitness trend: Ballet. Yup. Here’s the Star Tribune with the report: “Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley has kept busy during an extended, locked-out NBA summer when he played ball everywhere from China to Manhattan’s famed asphalt playgrounds. He has also taken up ballet to transform his body and hired a public- relations agency to improve his image. ‘I want everyone to know that I’m not this monster that they perceive,’ he said. ‘I’m a really nice guy.’ To that end, Beasley has organized what he calls an ‘All-Star Classic’ exhibition game that will be played Friday night at Osseo High School with several of his teammates and other NBA players but won’t include the star power of Kevin Love, Kevin Durant, John Wall and No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams, all of whom originally committed to play … ‘I feel like with the lockout, the main people being hurt are the fans,’ Beasley said. ‘They’re the ones suffering the most. I just felt it was right to put on a game for my hometown fans.’ … Beasley proclaimed himself completely healthy after playing much of last season despite a recurring sprained ankle and an injured hip. He has played with childhood pal Durant and Wall in exhibition games across the country and also has incorporated elements of yoga, karate and, yes, ballet into summer workouts intended to make his body stronger, more limber and help ensure a long, productive career. He has dropped about 15 pounds after playing last season at 240 pounds. ‘I don’t really dance,’ he said. ‘I do it for the stretching.’ Does he own a tutu? ‘No, no, no, no,’ he replied. ‘I wear shorts and a shirt.’ Is this just a ploy to get on ‘Dancing With the Stars?’ ‘I don’t really consider myself a star,’ he said, ‘but if they want me to dance, I’ll dance.’”

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  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Are YOU kidding me?!? (Reggie Miller voice)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Anyone else catch that 15lbs of weight?

  • Edilvia

    Good for Beasley :D

  • condorilla

    what’s next, Dejuan Blair doing pilates? This lockout better end.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    Note to self: Must try new weed called “Ballet”

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    WTFFFFFFFFFF

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    New nickname: Black Swan.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    then again, “swan” is probably not a cool nickname for a basketball player.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    although “swan” might be a bad nickname for a basketball(et) player

  • TheCoolNerd

    n*gga you gay lol

  • LA Huey

    SuperHighBeas.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    w t f .

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    I always hear ballers take up boxing or MMA training and now I hear Beasley taking up ballet?

  • DieselMechanic

    Thi should really help with his strength and balance. Competitive edge.

  • http://offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    I think the people that are calling him “g*y” or high or whatever else are funny. Is it strange to hear about it? Sure. But ballet is HARD, and as a basketball player, it will help with his coordination, balance, and strength. Good for Beas.

  • Chuck

    Does anyone remember what he was like at MB’s age? I do, and I’m not very proud of my recollection.

  • bike

    ‘I don’t really dance,’ he said. ‘I do it for the stretching.’Uh. Sure. Right.
    Michael is a Nancy Boy.

  • robb

    Dear Summer: Michael Beasley. Spending his offseason smoking pot pushing fans and dancing ballet. Awesome

  • MirChilly

    well marbury did ballet right after he was traded to the knicks… thats its own joke right there

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    One of the best athletes over here in Australia did ballet as a boy to improve his agility and balance, this is a good move for Beasley, should help him get to being full-time SF. Dropping the 15 pounds is a part of that too.

  • golakeshow

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  • fruizm

    ballet can improve his balance, felxibility, etc….i bet most of u idiots wouldnt last 5 min doing it.

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water

    Yeah, ballet is really helpful for an athlete. As is yoga.

  • Rainman

    Ballet would actually be very beneficial to him as an athlete. But at the same time so would other training, like MMA training. I just guess he isnt into that hard stuff, pause.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    golakeshow with the most intelligent comment of the day.
    Not.

  • MikeC.

    I remember in the 90′s when dudes starting doing yoga to improve flexibility and core strength and people called them g@y or hippies or whatever. I’m not gonna go out and do a pirrouette to improve my balance, but I’m also not a professional looking for every edge in competition. I commend the dude for thinking outside the box and staying in shape when he and DeMarcus Cousins were pretty much pegged to be the 2012-Lockout Shawn Kemps.

  • MIGZ

    yoga maybe but ballet?, N**** YOU GAY? (riley’s voice)

  • http://slamonline.com BossTerry

    Cosign Mr. Fleming @9:59 and Diesel @ 11:17… Olojuwon did ballet and he was one of the most graceful centers the L has ever seen.. Remember the finals with the Rockets and Magic? Shaq could have bullied him in the paint (as he did in a Lakers uni against whatever center you threw at him) But Dream was pretty light on his feet, and extremely coordinated.

  • http://www.dropstep.com rubens

    guess all this people calling Beasley names never heard of dudes like Bruce Lee…

  • http://slamonline.com BossTerry

    Bruce Lee? Hes that guy from the Hangover movies and the D.Rose shoe commercials, yeah?? J/k :D

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I’m old enough to remember when football players were taking ballet to improve flexibility and balance. And talking about how tough it was.
    Lots of y’all are young bucks though.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    Not a stretch. I remember Hershel Walker doing ballet during his NFL days.

  • dahon

    it keeps him away from grass

  • Jer Dawg

    Can’t address or speak for the man. Do your thing, Mike.

  • hushabomb

    The reason why he does it is so he can train without burning himself out. Its called “active rest”.

    Think about this. You’re locked out and can’t use the teams facilities. So you can’t train and play cos if you get injured your contract will be torn up. So what’s gonna happen is that if you are doing drills and scrimmaging all the time during the lockout, your gonna burn out unless the lockout is resolved.

    By doing ballet means he can improve coordination, timing, footwork, balance, speed and agility, lower body strength. And if can drop 15 lbs doing ballet, who’s gonna blame him.

    So by doing other activities, he’s actually working out not only his body, its his mind as well.

  • RUSS M

    Am I the only one who thinks that this kid has a potentially real nice future in the league? Any time you read any type of assessment of his career so far the word disappointing is always included.I don’t get it. He averaged over 19 a game last yr! And, how many rookies could step into the league & get 14 a night playing with Dwayne Wade!?

  • Yep

    yeah tonnes of nfl players do ballet. it keeps you light on your feet and provides an excellent core work out. with losing a bit of weight (maybe even a bit more!) and improving his footwork, maybe b easy will be playin defense by the time a season roles around in 2012-2013

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    The ballet is cool, but public relations agency? Do we really need more PR in this country? Not even country, but world?

  • Mark

    At least ballet will keep him off the blow.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Ignorance is bliss. I can almost guarantee that every single person who negatively commenting on this has never, ever done any form of structured dance (such as ballet) in their lives.
    Ballet performers are some of the best athletes in the world – not in terms of running a straight line, or lifting massive weights – but in their ability to control their body movements, their explosiveness and power and their ability to contort their body’s gracefully.
    If you can’t see how holistically improving your basketball through ballet is helpful, not only are you ignorant of basketball, you’re also ignorant in terms of mental capacity.

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