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Dwyane Wade posts ‘welcome home’ message to Michael Beasley

Sep 13, 2013, 10:08 PM EDT

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After Michael Beasley had problems both on and off the court during a tumultuous first year with the Phoenix Suns, the team decided to further its fresh start under a new GM and new head coach by negotiating a buyout of his contract, which made Beasley an unrestricted free agent.

Despite his well-chronicled history of issues, talent conquers all at the professional level, so Beasley didn’t remain on the open market for long. He ended up with maybe the only team willing to take a chance on him at this point — the two-time defending champion Miami Heat.

Beasley played his first two NBA seasons in Miami, so perhaps Pat Riley believes he knows how to reach him. Dwyane Wade was there during Beasley’s first go-around, and posted a photo and message to his Instagram account welcoming Beasley back with open arms.

“Sometimes u need to fall 2 see who will pick up.. Welcome home Beas we got your back… #heatfamily”

Fall seven times, stand up eight,” anyone?

Beasley will not only need the support and guidance of Wade, LeBron James, and the rest of the veterans on the squad, he’ll need to show them a consistent level of effort, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to fit into what has become a championship culture.

There’s no reason to believe that Beasley will magically straighten himself out and suddenly make basketball his number one priority, because he has yet to show an ability (or even a simple willingness) to do so at any time in his career to this point.

A return to Miami isn’t just Beasley’s best chance at turning his career around; its likely to be his last.

  1. kingwithringz - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Perfect replacement 4 Mike Miller. Can create shot, play 3&4 spots, and rebound a lil as well. Like his length 4 defense also.

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      hahaha except he can’t shoot for beans because he only jacks up 20ft. 2pt jumpshots.

      • zoomy123 - Sep 14, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        Michael Beasley shoots 40.7% from 3 from the corners for his career. And if you think Spoelstra, James, Wade, and Bosh are going to let him jack up 20 ft jumpers you’re crazy. If he’s dedicated to getting to his spots and going off the dribble when necessary, he can be very effective in the Miami system.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:02 PM

        that’s great. good for him. Unfortunately he doesn’t take many of those shots. he actually is a member of the more shots than points club. That’s rarefied air for even the most inefficient players. If you believe that Beasley thinks he’s a spot up corner shooter, then you’d also believe that the Heat could’ve found someone much better at that role.

    • kb2408 - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      One big difference: Miller hasn’t let the love of the kush destroy his talents. Don’t kid yourself, if Miami didn’t mind paying luxury tax penalties they would still have Miller and Beasley would still be looking for a job.

      • Gary - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:50 AM

        Kid himself how? He never said anything related to what you are trying to bring up. I bet you’re just upset the Lakers didn’t get him.

      • musician0785 - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:14 AM

        The Laker hate is real out here….This is a story about Beasley, and somehow the troll known as adamsjohn714, somehow found another way to bash the Lakers once again….at least your a clever troll. Which is akin to being the smartest kid in the slow class…

      • antistratfordian - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:44 AM

        ” if Miami didn’t mind paying luxury tax penalties they would still have Miller and Beasley would still be looking for a job.”

        I’m not so sure about that. Here’s the deal: Miller is 1) About to turn 34 (10 years older than Beasley) 2) Always hobbled or injured and 3) Was the 9th man being paid a starter/6th man salary. The Heat were essentially paying him all that money to have one big playoff game and then for him to go 0-7 in the next one.

        Beasley is a decade younger, a much better scorer, a lot cheaper, more athletic, rarely injured and – this is the best part to me – he puts up the same or better PER than Mike Miller.

        This is actually a steal. It’s almost unfair. Almost.

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:27 AM

        If so, that speaks well of one “reclamation project”.

    • sportsfan18 - Sep 15, 2013 at 12:40 PM


      Miller career .406 3 pt %
      Beasley career ..345 3 pt %

      Miller career .461 FG%
      Beasley career ..447 FG%

      Miller career true shooting percentage .576% which is very good for this stat
      Beasley career true shooting percentage .504% which is not very good for this stat

      Miller career offensive rating of 110
      Beasley career offensive rating of 98 (100 is league average so the Beez is, well not good)

  2. drewdatwit84 - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    I can feel all the ignorant marujuana comments coming…

    the way I see it, with veteran guidance and championship leadership like the MIAMI HEAT from the front office down to the court, there’s no way Beasley fails.

    In a locker room like this, if Beasley fails he’s just hopeless… but he won’t fail.

  3. kb2408 - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    First Oden…now Beasley. What reclamation project is next? I heard A.I. is still looking for one more shot. So is Antoine Walker…surely they still have some of his old jerseys tucked away somewhere.

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      I was actually surprised they were able to sign Beasley. The lakers and knicks grabbed the really awful players so quickly this offseason I didn’t think anyone was left.

      • kb2408 - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:03 AM

        So, what “really bad players” are you referring to in regards to the LAKERS?

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:19 AM

        nick young, chris kaman, wesley johnson, xavier henry. Also, when you put something in quotes, suggesting you’re using my own words, try to actually use my own words.

      • legend30 - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:22 AM

        kb2408, Wes Johnson, Steve Blake, Shawne Williams, Jordan Farmar, Nick Young, etc… Doesn’t ring a bell? Did I forgot to mentioned they will be starting in several games…. Lakers are starting bunch of bench warmers.

      • kb2408 - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:40 AM

        Bad, awful…same thing. Bottom line is, I don’t consider either one of those players to be “really awful.” Nick and Chris could play on any team in the league. I bet you Miami would rather have those two than the two reclamation projects they signed. Wes and X are young players who haven’t panned out but could in a new environment. Especially Wes.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:54 AM

        That’s great. Be as delusional as you want. Those players aren’t very good. At least Henry and Johnson are young and not very good/awful. There are plenty of teams out there that make a habit of signing bad players because they think they’re good. Just because they get contracts doesn’t mean they actually ARE good.

      • kb2408 - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:10 AM

        If they don’t pan out, so what? Basically, Wes and X are being given an opportunity to prove they belong in the league. As for Nick and Chris…they are proven NBA players. By the way, what team do you root for? I’m sure they signed a roster full of all stars this off-season.

      • adoombray - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:15 AM

        Don’t sleep on Wes Johnson. The kid outplayed Shannon Brown on every level last year. Wes came on really strong towards the end of the season and I was sad to see him go. I damn near bought his Jersey. As a Suns fan, I really wanted to see him start at the 3, and he should flourish in a D’Antoni offense.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:27 AM

        It’s not a big deal if players don’t pan out. That happens all the time. It’s only a dumb move when a team pays a bunch of money to an old guy who has shown for years he hasn’t been very good. I’m all for giving cheap contracts to young guys, but I’m more in favor of young, unknown guys than young guys who have bad seasons under their belts.

        As far as you trying to make some point by turning this around on my team, I don’t follow how that’s relevant, pertinent, or logical, but I’ll play along. I’m a nuggets fan and this off season was a mixed bag. Firing Karl was EXCELLENT!!!! I’m thrilled about it. He was terrible. Following that up by ditching the genius GM pretty much cancelled all that out. I’m hoping for more minutes for Faried and for Lawson to not start the season like a bum again. The addition of Hickson helps very little since Faried should get the majority of the PF minutes. Losing Iguodala was a big blow too. I’m afraid it’ll turn into a lot of Wilson Chandler (ugh). It’s depressing, slightly, when I think about how last year’s roster was almost foolproof, but Karl managed to ruin it. They had legitimate championship aspirations.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:38 AM

        hahaha that’s great adoombray,

        He outplayed another awful player on an awful team (which he actually didn’t), so don’t sleep on him. What a glowing endorsement.

  4. Gary - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Welcome back indeed. 24yrs old he can get himself back on track and this is a good team to do it with.

  5. beach305 - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Don’t kid yourselves. You would be surprised what playing with Lebron, Wade, Ray & Haslem with a legitimate chance to win a ring will keep him focused and motivated. If not you cut him as he doesn’t have a guaranteed contract.

    As Pat (Charlie Sheen) Riley would say “WINNING!”

    • kb2408 - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:43 AM

      That’s the same thing they said about Eddie Curry…how did that turn out?

  6. money2long - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    what’s worse? hypocrites or liars

    • 00maltliquor - Sep 14, 2013 at 3:20 AM

      Liars. I can’t stand liars!

      • spthegr8 - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        ^^^^^ I don’t know but, I can’t stand either one ^^^^^^^^

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:09 AM

      That depends on whether hypocrites include those who try to pass off envy as something better.

  7. deadeyedesign23 - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    Am i the only one who hates fall down 7 times get up 8? You can’t get up more than you fall down. If you fall 7 times you get up 7.

    • brutl - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      Get up, fall down, get up, fall down, get up, fall down, get up, fall down, get up, fall down, get up, fall down, get up, fall down, get up.
      Get it?

      • deadeyedesign23 - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        But you’re starting with “get up.” Get up from what? You have to have fallen down to get up. So it’s:

        Fall down, get up, fall down, get up…etc. 1 for 1.

      • dwadefan45 - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        1. He said “stand up” not “get up”.
        2. You can “stand up” the first time and fall down….

      • brutl - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        Not sure why you’re so concerned with semantics, or what the point of your comment was.

  8. 1972wasalongtimeago - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Hey everyone. Glad to see you’re all doing well. Still basking in the glow. Peace and love to all y’all.

    • miamatt - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      Love, peace, and chicken grease, brother!!!

      Finally, the circle of Beas is complete. You know, the circle that goes, “puff, puff…”

      Worth a shot on a non-guaranteed deal, though. If he doesn’t earn his keep, Juwan Howard will take his spot on the roster before the year is out.

  9. dls612 - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    If the heat can’t be an good influence on him then there’s probably no hope for him! Ray Allen and Zo would be the perfect mentors.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      Let’s hope, but we have to remember that Zo was already in his current position with the Heat throughout Beasley’s second year. With that said: I would love for Beasley to prove the skeptics, including me, wrong. There are few happier stories in this world than a screwed-up kid straightening himself out. Of course those stories grab us because they aren’t all that frequent…

      MICHAEL, YOUNG MAN, PAY ATTENTION: you just got the ball inbounded to you with 5 seconds to go and you’re down by 1 – you have people around you to help you and them get to the next stage, but, first, *you* have to make the right decision, and you have one chance …

  10. paulhargis53 - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Don’t mind Kb2408/lakerluver. He’s as delusuonal as they come. He wants the lakers to make the playoffs this year when its really in their best interests to be in the lottery.

    He’s under the impression that LeBron or Carmelo( or both!) ares going to wind up in L.A. next year. He’s a simpleton.

    He’s unprepared to understand the landscape of the cba, how no one really wants to defer to an aging Kobe.

    He’s 40 years old and he acts like an 8 year old when it comes to his team.

    We should all be embarassed for him. I know I am.

    P.S. Brooklyn has the title this year.

  11. jzone954 - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    He’ll be fine…..solid signing and will help Miami

  12. mrlitl - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    You have to be standing first to fall down deadeye.

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 14, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      as long as you take it one day at a time.

  13. abxyer - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Welcome Home……You are still my bitch!

  14. 5xchamp24 - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Although I knew it wouldnt happen, I was hoping no one picked him up even for a dime. This guy just doesnt realize how blessed he is to be able to play basketball for a living.

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