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Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 at 10:15 am  |  63 responses

Michael Beasley: ‘My Future Is So Blurry’


Soon-to-Be restricted free agent Michael Beasley has made it clear that he’d love to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves next season, but he admits that he doesn’t really have a clue what the future holds for his career, and sounds a bit frustrated with his current role. Per the Pioneer Press: “The Wolves forward felt uncomfortable talking about his future with the team and expressed mild frustration over not getting a contract extension before the Jan. 25 deadline. ‘My future is so blurry,’ said Beasley. ‘I don’t have too much to say about next year. It’s frustrating not knowing your situation next year. So many of my friends are certain where they’re going to play next year. They got contract extensions. But that’s how the ball drops.’ [...] A week ago, Beasley said he was content to let his contract situation ‘play itself out’ in the offseason. With three games remaining and the Wolves in a stressful late-season slump, Beasley appears to be thinking more about the next phase of his career. The four-year veteran had a lot on his mind before Tuesday’s game, even expressing disappointment in himself for not reaching several goals he set before the season. ‘My goals were set high when I came in this year,’ he said. ‘None of my goals were met. I wanted to be one of the better playmakers on the team, one of the better defenders…the guy to get the team going, the guy to keep the team afloat. It didn’t work out that way.’ Another tough development, Beasley admitted, was his difficulty in adjusting to coming off the bench. [...] ‘I can adapt to any role, but I don’t want to get comfortable in a reserve role,’ Beasley said. ‘The reserve role is what the coach wanted, but that’s not really my plans for the future. I see myself as a starter. Now I have to prove it.’”

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  • Otis

    He probably needs to stop smoking so much, then

  • Duh

    Otis, you’re a judgemental idiot. This is coming from a judgemental idiot himself.

  • SMIK

    Que the stoner jokes in 3,2,1….

  • Reeld

    The time to prove it was at the beginning of the season, not when it’s coming to an end.

  • http://www.twitter.com?/_dfrance dfrance21

    SMIK you were 5 minutes too late. I like Beasely and I think he should study a guy like Paul Pierce offensively. Master the mid range game, learn how to draw fouls and stop settling for 3s and long 2s.

  • Jens

    Come back to Miami

  • Pais

    With the Rubio/Love tandem being the focus for the 1st half of the season, combined with Beasley being hit with injury it perhaps wasn’t the ideal set of circumstances in terms of finding a groove, establishing a role for himself and reaching his goals. Easy to see why early in his career people were skeptical about his commitment to improving as a player and person, but there’s been no evidence as of late that he’s lacking in this area now (that I know of). For the time being at least this guy still has potential to be a top tier player, he’s shown brief flashes of it on occasion both with Minny and previously with the Heat. I hope he figures it out cause he could still be one heck of a player.

  • ALD

    the nets want you.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    To be honest, he could for a lot of teams. I don’t know why he’s not starting for the T-Wolves though…

  • startown

    I think he might fit in well with the Nets, I agree. If the Wolves get a shooting guard, they will have a good overall team, they also need a long lengthy defender to come in and block shots.

    Trade or ?

  • Jer Dawg

    His style fits Phoenix. But too bad Nash isnt going to be his point guard. But Rubio really can be that guy to get him the rock. Well, if he just stays healthy and work on his body he’s really going to thrive. Incredible his situation because his stats were incredible in college. Durant-like scoring and rebounding. But things just don’t bounce the right way for some guys. No Bulls, Heat, or Grizzlies would have helped his development even though his talent was top 3.

  • RIGGS

    the jokes just write themselves with this guy eh?

  • http://espn.go.com/nba/ Paul H

    Maybe It’s just foolishness but I still believe Beas STILL has a lot of untapped potential that could be converted Into all-star quality play. Just get your head Into It and start WORKING.

  • hmm

    Adelman kids ruined the season, they both hated Beasley and Derrick Williams and some how managed to convince their dad that Wes Johnson (bust) is a better player. Also Kevin Love jacking up every shot he gets the ball is not exactly helping the team, sure he got himself a max contract and morons like Barkley love him but hes a crap team mate and doesn’t help much in the win column. Rubio is good but homer Minnesota next to stop hyping him as the savoir that going to make up for all the wholes in the roster. Offseason moves: 1- fire Adelman kids, 2- fire Kahn, 3- trade Wes, 4- free Beasley and Randolph, 5- trade Williams considering hes not even used, 6- teach love how to pass and play defense, 7- do something about Websters hair.

  • bike

    Not foolish. I believe he has the potential. Just don’t know if he’ll reach it.

  • http://slamonline.com Slick Ric

    I like Beas game, reminds me of Rudy gay a little bit.

  • AQWORD

    The future is what u make it my son. So you can smoke an ounce 2 dis.

  • Charles

    Heard the Herb in LA is deece.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Just wait for the smoke to clear Beas. It’s not blurry, it’s foggy. But those two words are easily confused when you’re dazed and such.

  • DreDay

    Go to the LAKERS!!! Replace those other bums at the 3/4 spots. Murphy, McRoberts, and Barnes. Barnes isn’t a 3/4 I know but he qualifies as a bum. : )

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    “aww man…it’s the chronic, don’t even worry about it”

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    use visine?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    If he wants the best herb they better get the Seattle Super Sonics back in business. PAC NW where it’s at B-Easy.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Or he could just go to Golden State…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    Wasted talent.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    As a rookie, I didn’t think he’d last this long. Yes, he has talent. His problem is maturity and desire. From my view in Miami. he just didn’t seem to have the “fire in the belly” necessary to succeed in professional sports.

  • toinefan88

    He must have some strong stuff. Even his future vision is blurry.

  • MaxIsNative

    Dude needs to stop listening to, Puddle Of Mudd, while high. The lyrics are getting to him. Happens to the one’s with the low tolerance.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    I don’t get why athletes smoke weed, u have the potential to do so much & you’re letting a drug get in the way doe. Plus you’re being played millions.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    only some let it get in the way. Do you say the same thing about athletes who occasionally drink? which is even more detrimental to your body physically, considering Alcohol is literally poison.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    nbk, speaking dat truth.

  • ab40

    Charlotte needs people who can catch and shoot a ball and walk and dribble at the same time. They’ll pay you! And you’ll get some fresh J’s from the boss.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Honestly I do. Some may do ok despite it but why do anything at all that has the potential to ruin u? Even parting/clubbing, if I were an athlete I’d be a lot more mindful. I’m only 19 but I practice what I preach. Mama ain’t raise no fool.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    You have millions of dollars and single living on your own yet? I don’t think you have any idea what you would do if you were a pro athlete…i mean more power to you if you really would abstain from that kind of stuff. But me for example, I didn’t know what I would or wouldn’t like doing until I actually did something. Like smoking pot v drinking….or clubbing v going to a bar or just chillen… those types of things.

  • Respect

    @Red

    Cause we’re all human and make bad decisions.

  • Brahsef

    ^That was me not respect

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    I get what you mean. But their are ways of enjoying the hell outta life without living like you’re Drake. I mean, it isn’t like I grew up a prude, I lived in the projects & then I joined the middle class. I know both the reckless life & the opposite. But I agree it’d be hard but I know what poverty is & I wouldn’t sacrifice being a role-model & helping others for a few vices, but it all comes down to how u were raised+personality.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    sort of. I am not arguing that you can’t enjoy life without that stuff, but some people (most people) have something that can be considered a vice. Even if it isn’t “illegal” or frowned upon by the majority. It’s still some behavior or activity that is private, the issue (imo) is those people that can’t control themselves, especially when it comes to taking public risks….like smoking pot in the bathroom of a hotel at a business function for example. I know there are plenty of player’s in the NBA (a few by name who I won’t mention but know about for sure) that do smoke pot, and will never let anyone find out about it in the media. They treat it like your dad or uncle or someone you know treats drinking a beer after work or whatever. It doesn’t make them a bad person, or careless, it’s just something they do that some people may look down upon given general ignorance on the subject. That make sense?

  • peacebone

    His goals were set “HIGH” doesn’t seem to outlandish that he didnt reach them if thats the mindset.tehe…

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Yes.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Yeah I get it, and of course it’s known that vices are a natural thing or else perfection would exist. But again, my point being that partaking in something that has the POTENTIAL to destroy your image or cost u a sponsorship etc is not a good choice. But yeah, it doesn’t mean they’re a bad person. Only issue for me is, weed distorts who u are as a person. Your ‘positivity’ is influenced by a drug, much as alcohol does(not saying they have the same negative affect). If you can’t be a caring & good person without weed, then it’s not genuine. Not saying I’d rather ppl not be good but the fact it’s not really u in every capacity I don’t respect.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    if you are taking part in a vice to change who you are as a person then you have a psychological problem that needs addressing. I have a vice, but I am no different before, during, or after I partake in said activity. That’s how it should be (imo). So I totally agree with you is what I’m saying, I just don’t think a person should abstain themselves from their personal vice as long as that person is responsible and smart enough not to let it put any of their life at risk. Yadda mean?

  • VC

    Nah. I dont think the Nets want him. The already have Gerald Wallace who is a combo forward and better than beasly. dot get me wrong, Beasly is a good player and I like him as a player but Gerald Wallace is better (He can score, rebound, block, defend, and steal the ball. The Nets actually dont need him. He should play in Denver. It sounds crazy I know but I think he would fiti n well with that DEEP young roster. Plus Big Al Buckets will probably retire once his contract is up ad Beasley would be a very Nice replacement.

  • Mike from Spain

    I know people who smoke a joint just to sleep sound, and others who are complete potheads who live every waking moment in a daze. As much as I try to respect every choice, in general I happen to be unable to respect the stoners as much as the moderate people. That said, Beas seems like a funny dude, did he make that comment with an intended pun?

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    I hear that, I get what u mean you’re exactly right@nbk. I’m not sure Beasly knows what a Pun is Mike.

  • Chukaz

    Put down the pipe mane

  • wow

    LOL at people trying to act like they know everything that goes on in his life. Im sure he still smokes from time to time but Beasley also has three kids who take up most of his off court time. When this guy isn’t the gym hes either with his kids or helping out with timberwolves community events.

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

    I don’t personally partake in the blazing of the sticky-icky but I truly believe the world would be a better place if more people did.
    There’s no question it should be legalized though.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    What makes u believe that Teddy?

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    There are… rumours that 3/5ths of the Bulls starting lineup from ’96-’98 were alcoholics.
    The famous ones.

  • burnt_chicken

    The Raptors could use a scoring forward as a starter.

  • bike

    One of my attorneys smokes a joint EVERY night. This man is so wealthy it’s ridiculous. I know alcoholic that can’t even maintain a day job. People with addictions will abuse any subsstance because addiction is a symptom of bigger issues. Weed and alcohol aren’t as much the problem as the person is. And if I had to pick one it’s weed no question. Alcohol kills more. It destroys more.

  • The Old School

    The Nets want Beasley. They can get him on the cheap, he is super talented, he’s young, and playing with some veterans would help him a lot. I wouldn’t sleep on the Nets, that move to Brooklyn is going to be epic. They have a lottery pick this year, too. Next year, will be a much better year. Plus, D12 is making his price go down considerably.

  • http://www.slamonline.com phsyco B

    Smoking weed is awesome. so is getting drunk and getting blasted on coke. if i was a millionaire i’de end up shooting heroin and f&%$ing hookers non stop. When i was in my early 20′s i was a complete mess. and i was boke. i have no idea how these millionaires in their 20′s keep it togther so smoking weed is not that bad.

  • AQWORD

    Check out the big brain on bike.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Weed and alcohol talk aside, I think the Clippers would be a great place for him to land – shot creator to help Paul, Griffin. If the Bobcats go for Drummond or Davis over a win in this draft I’d definitely take a chance on Beasley as a guy with star potential who genuinely loves the game of basketball. He needs a younger, more forgiving coach, because Adelman gets the best from his roster, but not necessarily the individual players. Sacramento, Detroit and Washington are all places that need starting calibre SFs. Cleveland would welcome him with open arms, I just hope the Timberwolves don’t match his restricted offer, it would end horribly for Beasley and drag Derrick Williams down with him.

  • Loaf

    both are costly but thinking about it like this if i was a million dollar athelete playing a “simple” game like basketball, i would get high as a mother…. every night, in the privacy of my own home..

  • @boweezy24

    I Would Get Blown Out Of My Mind abd THEN,,,, Go Play Ball :)

  • @boweezy24

    I Would Get Blown Out Of My Mind and** THEN,,,, Go Play Ball :)

  • Marc

    How do you know he still smokes weed though? lol. And i like the goals he set for himself. I still think he’s going to be great key role player for a contender.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Beasley will never be a role player, he’s always wanted to be a star, and he’ll go to whichever team gives him a shot to be just that.

  • Bobbito

    Orlando should look into getting him. If he doesn’t convince Dwight to stay, he’d be a nice price to eventually build around hopefully. If he ever gets it together and stops wasting his potential.

  • Bob

    I love Beasley’s game. He is so fast for a big guy and when he is in the zone, he’s deadly. Check out some youtube highlights on him, he’s like a larger Kobe!! Being in Minnesota on those bad teams has to mess with your psyche a little. I hope he goes to the Nets and plays racehorse basketball with Gerald Green.

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