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Beasley assures new GM Kahn he isn't smoking weed anymore

Jul 22, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT


Only two years after Michael Beasley was drafted with the 2nd overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Miami Heat had trouble giving him away. Eventually, the Heat managed to unload Beasley on the Minnesota Timberwolves, but they only got two second-round picks in exchange for the former Kansas State star. 
Why has Beasley been such a flop over his first two pro seasons? Is it because he’s a tweener, stuck between the three and the four? Is it because he’s never shown any particular interest in playing defense? Is it because he’s never extended his range to the NBA three-point line or committed himself to being a low-post player?
All of those are possible reasons why Beasley hasn’t lived up to his billing as a top-two pick yet. But for what it’s worth, Beasley’s new general manager thinks that the first step to Beasley’s turnaround has already been taken. 
In an interview with ESPN 1500 Twin Cities, David Kahn explained that Beasley’s marijuana habit  held him back in the early stage of his career. Beasley never formally admitted to smoking weed, but there was widespread speculation about his drug use after he was caught on film near marijuana not once but twice before he started his sophomore season. Now Beasley has assured Kahn that he doesn’t smoke anymore, which makes Kahn optimistic about Beasley’s future:
“He’s a very young and immature kid who smoked too much marijuana and has told me that he’s not smoking anymore, and I told him that I would trust him as long as that was the case,” Kahn said Thursday during an interview with 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
“He has developed a really good support system around him this past season in Miami. He’s hired people to help him grow up. He is growing up — he’s not grown up. He’s 21 … and he just turned 21 last January, and if you think back, as I do all the time, to when I was 21 and if you had given me this kind of money and put me in this kind of world with these kinds of pressures attached to it and some of the demands, I don’t know (that) I would have handled it any easier than, say, he has.”

Kahn went on to say that Beasley had a “very issue-free” season in Miami, and that he felt that trading Beasley for two second-round draft picks was a risk well worth taking. Beasley’s immaturity certainly didn’t help him over the course of his first two years in the league; if he really has turned a new leaf off the court, perhaps he’ll start to live up to his potential on it. 

  1. KevintheGreat - Jul 22, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    It’s Kahn that should be reassuring T-Wolves fans he’s not smoking weed.

  2. Raj - Jul 22, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    Can Kahn assure Beasley that he’s not doing weed anymore???

  3. metalandganja - Jul 22, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    look, beasley’s either into it or not, simple as that. his marijuana use is not going to be, nor ever was, the reason why he’s been a “bust” thus far. if you think him quitting smokin’ a little weed is gonna give him the drive and desire to completely change his approach and attitude towards the game, you’re a bigger fool than anyone toking up.
    and no, don’t my user name does not discount what i’m saying. =)

  4. Craig W. - Jul 22, 2010 at 8:16 PM

    Ahhhh! Sweet perception.
    Once the ‘talking heads’ get a label for someone they just won’t let go of it – remember the ‘Kobe is a selfish ballhog’ comment is still being brought up.
    Beasley was caught in a numbers game in Miami and on the wrong side of Dwayne Wade – sort of like Kobe was on the wrong side of Shaq for the first few years of his career. Now I don’t pretend to compare Beasley’s career with Bryant’s, but it is worth noting that they both were disliked by the dominant players on their respective clubs.
    Now Beasley has a new start and what he does from this point on will define him. I am willing to wait and see what he does with his new chance. The triangle should allow him to show off his skills and I trust Kurt Rambis to keep the team in line enough to let each player fill his role.
    Good luck Kurt, good luck Michael.

  5. BEASLEY'SBIGGESTFAN - Jul 22, 2010 at 8:55 PM


  6. ROFL - Jul 23, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    If anyone saw the press conference/interview he had when he came to the wolves…he was clearly ripped outta his mind and did you hear some of the things he said at it?! hahaha he was super baked just by watching it for 10 seconds you can tell.

  7. Kaaaahn - Jul 23, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    “It’s Kahn that should be reassuring T-Wolves fans he’s not smoking weed.”
    Hahaha, fantastic comment!

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