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Monday, December 3rd, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  17 responses

Michael Beasley Finds it ‘Discouraging’ to Be Benched in the Fourth Quarter


Phoenix Suns forward Michael Beasley hasn’t been especially productive at crunch time this season, which has resulted in him being benched by head coach Alvin Gentry. Beasley says he’s discouraged when he doesn’t play while the team loses. From the AZ Republic: “Beasley has sat out the entire fourth quarter in eight of 17 games so far with reasons varying from a rout to another player’s hot hand to a need for a better defensive player. Beasley’s fourth-quarter run in Philadelphia was the reason the Suns had a shot to tie, although he missed a late layup. Otherwise, his fourth-quarter play has been as sketchy as it is spotty. In 53 fourth-quarter minutes, Beasley has made eight of 32 shots. [...] Beasley has said he was fine with sitting when the Suns won. How about in a loss? ‘Not good,’ Beasley said. ‘If I’ve got to sit in a trash can at the end of the bench during crunch time for us to win games, then that’s exactly what I’m going to do. But if we’re not winning games, and I feel like I can contribute, it’s just discouraging. We don’t have problems. I just feel like we could’ve won the game. I feel like I played, not well, but decent and definitely better than how I have been playing.’ For the season, Beasley has started off his three-year, $18 million contract by averaging 11.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists. His 38.9 percent shooting is the worst of the Suns’ 10 rotation players, although he said a sore left pinkie has affected him all season. Beasley was considered the ‘X’ factor for the Suns’ playoff hopes. It is almost a surprise that they are even [7-11] with Beasley not living up to the starring role. ‘That’s what I’m still looking for,’ Beasley said. ‘That’s what is so frustrating and so disheartening. I want that role so bad. I feel like I am that player that we need. I haven’t had a chance, or maybe I haven’t taken the opportunity to show it.’ In most cases, the Suns simply need to be better defensively and turn to P.J. Tucker at small forward for important minutes.”

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  • zogs19994

    JUST LIGHT ONE UP B-EASY, EVERYTHING TING GUNNA BE ALRIGHT MAN

  • Max

    I find your play discouraging.

  • spit hot fiyah

    does medical marijuana start to kick in after 3 quarters?

  • roscoe

    From this it appears beasley cares which is good… hopefully it turns around for him.

  • omphalos

    To be fair, it’s hard to find a rhythm when your coach plays you so inconsistently. I really don’t like Al Gentry’s rotations, he has no consistency so players can never get comfortable enough. If you’re expected to be the X-Factor, you’ve got to be given time to find your groove. Instead, Gentry just plays each game as they come with no plan for the long-term, which is why the Suns will continue to be mediocre.

  • Chukaz

    Dear Michael Beasley,
    Having watched you play in college we’re discouraged by your inability to become the dominant player you once were. Get it together dawg.
    Sincerely,
    Basketball fans across the globe

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Maybe it wears off after 3 quarters… Enhances everything for him… Kinna like that movie “How High”.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    You been giving out good advice lately

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    It’s a step in the right direction

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    He finds your comment discouraging

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Surprised Beasley even gives a damn… Now we’ll get to see if he’s interested in working hard for some 4th quarter mins. Well we wont get to see, but the Suns will

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Seems like beasy’s actually trying

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Must be discouraging to those folks who thought before the 08 Draft that he was going to be a 20-10 guy and Chicago should have taken him over D-Rose.

  • LakeShow

    I find it discouraging to keep telling people you will pull your sh*t together every year and they you lay another 40% golden egg…

  • Max

    Poor B-easy..

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Lol, I wouldn’t mind seeing this epic playing he could potentially be. I don’t see it tho. Seems like he has a bit of stage fright

  • Jerry

    Dude sucked on the Wolves the last two years, why is this a surprise? Worst BBIQ in the NBA, plus he plays no D.

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