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Michael Beasley pushes fan in face at exhibition game

Aug 5, 2011, 1:38 AM EDT

Michael Beasley

Big time organized streetball games are rowdy. Loud and raw. The crowd is into it, and not in the polite, golf-clap way a lot of NBA games can be when the rich folks are close to the court. This is real.

And there will be hecklers. Just ask Kevin Durant.

One of those hecklers was going at Michael Beasley during a game at Dyckman Park in New York City Thursday night (a game Durant also played in). And Beasley reacted with the maturity we expect from him. Which is to say very little. He went after the guy.

Here are the tweets from Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, who was there.

Not-so-bright Michael Beasley was bothered by heckling from a spectator. Beasley walked up and mushed him in the face

“I get paid to do this.” Beasley was shouting at the spectator before the incident. It stopped play for about 10 minutes

By mushed, I mean Beasley used one hand to push the spectators face. Nobody was hurt. Fan kept watching game but was surrounded by security

Here’s a link to a video of the incident, but you can’t see much (also, the language is not safe for work).

There is potentially a very good future for the Minnesota Timberwolves. I’m not sure Beasley is part of it.

  1. 00maltliquor - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:56 AM

    You kinda get the feeling that once Minny figures out that Derrick Williams is the real deal, Beasley’s gonna have to re-locate. No matter how much they say they like him now.

    • david8726 - Aug 5, 2011 at 4:07 AM

      Beasley was one of the least efficient offensive players in the league given how many shots he took and his commitment to defense is non-existent. He’s too soft to play PF and doesn’t have the quickness or desire to chase opposing SFs around the perimeter. He’s just not very good.

      If Derrick Williams can, in fact, play both the 3 and 4 the way he claims, then Minnesota would be foolish to play Beasley any more than they have to. There’s just no point to throwing Beasley out there when we already know that he’s bad. Williams should get all the minutes so he can develop as quickly as possible.

      • gugurich - Aug 5, 2011 at 4:48 AM

        Agreed, Beasley’s too inefficient and one-dimensional to be a good player but there is no way Williams is a 3 despite what he thinks. He played center at Arizona. He rarely brought the ball up the floor. He set picks rather than used them. He almost never took a jumper off the dribble. His feet didn’t look quick enough to guard out on the perimeter.

  2. jimsjam33 - Aug 5, 2011 at 2:15 AM

    Please !

    If the fan wants to use his big mouth to verbally assault Michael Beasley then he has to accept the reprocussions . Getting mushed in the mouth is a small price to pay for his broggodoccio moment . Way to go Michael . If you play street ball then street ball rules apply . If you talk the talk be prepared to walk the walk . As Chickie used to say , ” No harm . No foul ! “

  3. david8726 - Aug 5, 2011 at 3:56 AM

    My team, the Heat, drafted him #2 in 2008, We’ve learned a lot from that disaster, but I’d say the most important thing is that you should really heed warnings about a guys professionalism, focus, and overall character coming out of college.

    All those questions were swirling around him before the 2008 NBA draft, but the Heat (and nearly every other team) were ready to take him #2 because he was super talented.

    Professionalism and a commitment to both ends of the floor really does trump talent.

    • blueintown - Aug 5, 2011 at 6:45 AM

      Your team choked and has the biggest choker and Chris Bosh is soft and cries and D-Wade banged Star Jones and…nah, I’m just kidding. I just wanted to be first before the inevitable “your second best team in the NBA blows” posts started coming in.

      • david8726 - Aug 5, 2011 at 3:43 PM

        rofl, well done sir. You had me for a second there ;P

  4. trbowman - Aug 5, 2011 at 4:32 AM

    Beasley is such a turd.

  5. asublimeday - Aug 5, 2011 at 4:32 AM

    You don’t get paid to do ‘dis much longer, homey

    Get these thugs out of the NBA.

    • mytthor - Aug 5, 2011 at 4:50 AM

      Um, he didn’t say “dis,” he said “this.” Also, there wouldn’t be an apostrophe in front of “dis” because you’re not omitting a letter, you’re replacing one. Also, shut up.

      • blueintown - Aug 5, 2011 at 6:45 AM


      • trbowman - Aug 5, 2011 at 5:18 PM

        Who cares, he’s right.

  6. gugurich - Aug 5, 2011 at 4:44 AM

    Why was he getting heckled at an exhibition? What loser does that? In my opinion that loser deserved to get “mushed.”

  7. smitheye - Aug 5, 2011 at 7:40 AM

    First off let me point out I’m not a Beasley fan, nor believe he will ever grow up. But to say he is “bad” or “inefficient” or “one dimensional” is plain out ludicrous. For about 70% of the year before he had his nagging injury he was averaging close to 23ppg, shooting 48% from the field and 40% from 3, while also being one of the top rebounding SFs in the league. His defense is awful, but so is the defense of 90% of the league. On the court he could be a stud in a couple years. I use “could” loosely because in reality it’s more than likely not going to happen because of his immaturity. That is all.

    • gugurich - Aug 5, 2011 at 8:40 AM

      He had a ridiculously hot stretch but cooled down after that and didn’t pick it up again the rest of the way. Whether it was nagging injuries for 30 percent of the season, he again finished with a below-average True Shooting Percentage. The league average is 54 percent and he’s finished at 52.8, 50.5 and 51 in his career. It’s not so much the percentages from the line or from three but the quantities. He doesn’t get to the line enough or make enough threes to overcome a mediocre percentage from 2 point range. He’s inefficient. 19.2 points on 17.1 shots is not an example of efficiency.

    • Justin - Aug 5, 2011 at 2:26 PM

      Not to mention your post only tells half the story. His defense was too often lazy. I am a a Timberwolves fan and watched many games. Our problem usually wasn’t scoring but stopping others from scoring. He need to dedicate his athleticism to both ends of the floor.

    • david8726 - Aug 5, 2011 at 3:53 PM

      How can you say that 90% of the league plays bad defense? Sorry but that’s obviously not true. There are good defensive teams and bad defensive teams in the NBA. Minnesota is in the bottom third of the league in defense. Beasley’s play on that end of the court just one reason why.

      And yes, he was inefficient. Like Gugurich said, he finished the year with a below average TS%, yet he still took a billion shots. His injury isn’t an excuse. Lots of guys get hurt and still post above average TS% numbers.

      He’s been in the league for three years and his player efficiency rating has actually gone down every year. I can’t even believe that that’s possible.

  8. jcarne9014 - Aug 5, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    This has nothing to do with whether Michael Beasley is a good player or not. What is troubling (especially after watching the video of the incident) is that this behavior (by the heckler and Beasley) is encouraged. This whole in your face, gangsta lifestyle/attitude is ridiculous and benefits absolutely no one. Yeah sure, everyone is tough and bad. Fact is, they all look ridiculous.

  9. Justin - Aug 5, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    The expression on Durant’s face shows the difference between an All-Pro and what will probably be a journey-man in the NBA. Not too mention the whole “I get paid to do this” line. Because with the lockout aren’t you technically not getting paid? Why does it seem like Minnesota teams always have a guy like this?

    (Check out my Minnesota sports page

  10. rubicon202 - Aug 5, 2011 at 3:33 PM


  11. dogsweat1 - Aug 6, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    The irony of the photo is him wearing a Jersey that says, “Wolves” on it.

    The “Wolf” is showing his nature….

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