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Friday, August 23rd, 2013 at 9:40 am  |  19 responses

Caron Butler Wants to Mentor Michael Beasley


Traded a month ago from the LA Clippers to the Phoenix Suns, 33-year old Caron Butler says he’s willing to serve as a mentor for Michael Beasley. Per NBA.com: “Troubled power forward Michael Beasley is the poster child for everything that’s gone wrong in Phoenix. He was a disgrace on the floor last season, his first after the Suns’ former front-office decision-makers gift-wrapped him a three-year, $18-million contract, and continues to be an embarrassment off it. Investigated for sexual assault in May, Beasley was arrested two weeks ago when officers detected pot after pulling him over for speeding. The franchise has not publicly addressed this latest disappointment. The fact is they have two choices: Wipe their hands of him and eat the remaining $9 million he’s guaranteed, or somehow try to help the self-destructive former No. 2 pick, just 24, whose career, and potentially a life outside of prison, is hanging by the threads of a frayed shoelace. ‘I think there’s a lot that can be done to help him and I think one is, and this is not from the organization or anything, but it’s just for the people who are around him and love him most, is just don’t give up on him, try to help him as much as possible, build him up because he’s a star,’ Butler said. ‘He’s a guy that had an unbelievable collegiate career, who came into the NBA as a top-two pick, so the talent is there, it hasn’t gone anywhere. It’s like clay, it just needs to be molded right. Somebody needs to be around him, talking to him and telling him the right things and building him up and keeping nothing but positive energy around him and moving him forward instead of pulling him back.’ Butler, a raging success story born out of an unsavory childhood, arrested numerous times before he turned 15, said if Beasley remains with the team, and if the 6-foot-10, 235-pounder is willing, he will stick by the kid’s side, mentor him, attempt to reach him. At this point, save him from himself. ‘I would stay in his ear, I would definitely stay in his ear,’ Butler said. ‘I would continue to motivate him and I would challenge him night-in and night-out, in practice, just whatever I can do to make him better I would do as a human being, and obviously as a basketball player because I think he has tremendous upside still. He’s just 24 years old.’”

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  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Someone needs to. He should also help himself and just grow up. He can still end up having a solid career. Won’t be a star. But solid, productive player.

  • meloman33

    in the year 2019, Beasley will be a role layer on an Andrew Wiggins lead team and win a ring for the Toronto Raptors

  • DK

    Respect!!

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  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Respect to Caron.

  • LakeShow

    Caron’s the man. We all know this.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well…..he’s got 8 days.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they hired Beasley a life coach. Brought in a mentor. All last season. Sh*t didn’t matter.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Never heard about that.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    not very surprising. it’s not national news. i just live here. lol

  • spit hot fiyah

    maybe he can teach him how to chew on straws to satisfy his oral fixation

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    How long before they give up on him?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    far as i’m hearing they already told him he’s not coming back. i heard if they can’t trade him, he will be cut by the 31st of this month.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Wow.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    hey but i don’t know for sure. This from Butler sure paints a different picture of what he expects to happen. So we will see.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Butler has a stare that would probably make me do whatever he asked me to do if it wouldn’t result in me going to prison. If what you’re saying is true, then maybe this is the last chance.

  • JackPackage

    Caron Butler & Michael Beasley are nothing alike. Butler had a crappy childhood and did dirt when he was still a child, turned his life around and has been consummate professional. Beasley has acted like an entitled child continually and the only crappy part of his childhood (as far as I’m aware) is that his Dad is a similarly childish jack-ass.

    I used to support Beasley, even went as far to say he could have had Rose’s success if he was drafted elsewhere. Wanted him to go to Cleveland in the Lebron trade and put up 20/10 but he’s an ass. He’ll never change and he’ll be broke by age 35 and look like a 60 year old crack head.

    Phoenix showed every bit of faith in him, giving him a generous 3 year contract and playing time and flopping on the court is one thing, it happens. But being an absolute scum bag moron off of the court, is another thing entirely, I have no sympathy for the latter.

  • 23

    He just wants a new weed dealer silly butler

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