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Michael Beasley’s latest plan: ‘I’m not going to be looking at not making mistakes or trying not to mess up’

Oct 2, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

Michael Beasley AP

The Michael Beasley experiment is officially underway in Miami, after the Suns negotiated a buyout of his contract following a disappointing first season in Phoenix that came along with it some off-the-court legal troubles that helped make the franchise’s decision to part ways with the troubled forward a little bit easier.

Beasley is being given every opportunity to succeed in his new situation — he’s had Dwyane Wade “in his ear” at practices, and had a sit-down with veteran Udonis Haslem who tried to set Beasley straight.

When all is said and done, though, it’ll be on Beasley and no one else if he does or does not manage to carve out a productive career for himself at the NBA level. Media that have covered Beasley at his various professional stops just shake their heads collectively when hearing him speak in his new situation, and the latest comments out of Miami won’t have any of us feeling any differently about him finally choosing to turn things around.

From Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida:

Beasley, who has had a number of off-court problems in his six-year career, is on a short leash. Because he didn’t get any guaranteed money, the Heat can release him at any time without penalty if has another misstep.

“I guess if you want to look at it that way,” Beasley said. “I’m not looking at it that way. I’m just here to play basketball. I’m not going to be looking at not making mistakes or trying not to mess up. Just trying to do things the right way consistently and let everything fall into place.”

It might be easy to say we’re cherry-picking quotes here to make Beasley look a certain way, but the reality is that statements like these continue to exhibit a pattern of cluelessness that’s plagued Beasley throughout his career.

Essentially, this is just continuing evidence that he just doesn’t get it — much in the same way he said he stopped listening to his coaches last season in Phoenix.

The idea of “not making mistakes” should absolutely be Beasley’s focus at this point. He’s got a final chance with an organization that knows him a little bit, but he’s on a non-guaranteed contract at the moment. He’ll have to prove his worth to stick around, but his chances might improve tremendously if he could find a way to keep his foot out of his mouth — something my man Joe Goodman of the Miami Herald thinks may be on the horizon.

  1. telldatruth - Oct 2, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Hope Beasley can leave the pot alone. That’s his problem!!

  2. bougin89 - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    I think it’s safe to say we are all basically sold on him being a complete non-factor at this point.

    • antistratfordian - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      I think you’re going to be surprised. If Rashard Lewis could factor, then Beasles certainly can.

      • bougin89 - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        The Heat don’t need any help for the regular season. Lewis had a really, really minimal impact in the playoffs.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        Playoff seeding can be a very close race. As you know, a series can be decided by home court advantage.

        Rashard Lewis stepped up in some regular season games – in non garbage time – and gave them big minutes. And Beasley is much more capable of providing quality minutes at this point of his career than Rashard Lewis. Just from a scoring standpoint Beasley had more 20 point games last year than Andre Igoudala, J.J. Hickson, Kevin Garnett, Manu Ginobili, Roy Hibbert, Kenneth Faried, Anthony Davis, Derrick Williams, Mo Williams, etc. He will definitely factor in some games and I’m not writing him off for the playoffs.

      • bougin89 - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:49 AM

        You basically listed guys very capable at playing defense and/or rebounding but not exactly known for “lighting it up” Garnett, Iggy, Hibbert, Davis, Faried, Hickson and then some older scoring guards in Mo Williams(he played in 24 less games than Beasley), Manu(played in 15 less games than Beasley). I’m not sure where Derrick Williams fits in but he doesn’t strike me(anyone?) as a guy that is going to explode on offense very often. In times when the Heat need shooters look for them to play Allen, Lewis, Chalmers, Jones, Battier or even your boy Roger Mason Jr.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        Last 5 Seasons – Per 36 Minute Avg – PTS / REB / AST:

        Michael Beasley – 19.2 / 7.1 / 1.9
        Lou Williams – 19.2 / 3.2 / 4.8
        Deron Williams – 19.1 / 3.3 / 9.3
        Jamal Crawford – 19.1 / 2.5 / 3.7
        JR Smith – 19.0 / 5.1 / 3.2
        Joe Johnson – 18.7 / 3.9 / 4.4
        Chris Paul – 18.6 / 4.2 / 9.9
        Vince Carter – 18.5 / 5.0 / 3.6
        Rudy Gay – 18.1 / 5.7 / 2.1
        Jason Terry – 17.7 / 2.4 / 4.0

        Last 5 Seasons – Most 20 Point Games:

        54. Michael Beasley – 88
        55. DeMar DeRozan – 87
        56. Manu Ginobili – 85
        57. Devin Harris – 84
        58. Ben Gordon – 83
        61. Steve Nash – 82
        62. JR Smith – 82
        64. Mo Williams – 82
        65. Al Harrington – 81
        67. Rodney Stuckey – 78
        68. Nick Young – 74
        72. Rip Hamilton – 66
        73. Al Horford – 65
        76. Chris Kaman – 62
        78. Kevin Garnett – 61
        79. Andray Blatche – 59
        80. Jeff Green – 59
        82. Andre Miller – 58
        84. Marc Gasol – 57
        85. Raymond Felton – 56
        91. Nate Robinson – 54
        93. Rashard Lewis – 53
        94. Carl Landry – 52
        95. Richard Jefferson – 51
        97. Jameer Nelson – 50
        98. Aaron Afflalo – 48
        99. Nicolas Batum – 48
        100. Andrew Bynum – 48

        Now, I’m not suggesting that Beasley is equal or better than some of these players – but there are certainly less effective players in the league. Beasley should be able to give Miami quality minutes.

      • adamsjohn714 - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:23 PM

        Anti, Beasley is horrible. He’s never going to be even average in the NBA.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 2, 2013 at 6:00 PM

        Au contraire, monsieur Adams. Beasley’s career PER is a perfect 15.0 (it’s been up to 16.1 and 17.2) which could be taken to mean that he is either exactly average or pretty decent.

        The Honorable John Hollinger teaches us that a player with a 15.0 PER shant not be discounted as merely “horrible”:

        • Runaway MVP Candidate: 30.0
        • Strong MVP Candidate: 27.5
        • Weak MVP Candidate: 25.0
        • Bona fide All-Star: 22.5
        • Borderline All-Star: 20.0
        • Solid 2nd option: 18.0
        • 3rd Banana: 16.5
        Pretty good player: 15.0
        • In the rotation: 13.0
        • Scrounging for minutes: 11.0
        • Definitely renting: 9.0

      • mytthor - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:14 AM

        The problem with Beasley being considered “pretty good” is that his skill set is a horrible fit for the Heat. His one plus NBA skill is his ability to isolate and get a decent quality shot off the dribble. His career PER is 15.0 but he’s going in the wrong direction. PER rewards usage, and as his role has moved from focal point of the offense to complementary player, he’s gotten progressively worse. He’s never been a focused defender. He’s a decent shooter, but better off the dribble than spotting up. He’s an ok rebounder at small forward, but I can’t see him playing much there in this scheme. He doesn’t pass.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 6, 2013 at 5:09 PM

        Beasley is actually a good fit for the Heat. Outside of LeBron and Wade who else on the wing can get the shot they want one-on-one? Lil Norris Cole? They’ve been on the market for another wing scorer to give Bron and Wade a break in that role if needed.

        They tried Terrell Harris there – and Heat fans will remember the Hawks game where Harris came up huge – but he’s not anywhere near as talented as Michael Beasley. Last year Rashard Lewis took that role, but Lewis is 34 and mostly useful as a three point shooter.

        But now, if Wade and Bron Bron are ever injured at the same time again, the Heat will no longer be forced to give 40+ minutes to a scrub like Terrell Harris (no offense, TH) or 30+ minutes to a shell-of-himself graybeard like Lewis. They can also avoid adding unnecessary minutes to the important older legs of Battier and Allen. Young Beasley can realistically come in and take on some scoring responsibility and put up 20 points.

        And Bease can also play the spot-up shooter role fairly well if/when he does play with the Big 3. Per the 2012-13 Pro Basketball Prospectus:

        “Under Adelman, Beasley got fewer of the isolation opportunities that accounted for the bulk of his scoring in 2010-11 and spent more time spotting up on the perimeter. That helped his ratio of threes to long twos, and Beasley has in fact become a credible shooter from beyond the arc.”

      • mytthor - Oct 22, 2013 at 12:56 AM

        If you think if Wade and LeBron both get hurt that having Michael Beasley is going to do anything to help the Heat not go in the tank, you’ve got another thing coming. What Beas CAN’T do, without question, is contribute to Spo’s defense.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 22, 2013 at 1:28 AM

        Read my post again… thoroughly this time. Understand whose minutes Beasley would be taking in such a scenario – and you might have a different opinion.

  3. papichulo55 - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    OK, so he’s not made the most of his opportunities. At least give him credit for getting with the right basketball people. Hope he is doing the same with his off the court crew.

  4. fm31970 - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    How many chances is this guy going to get? I understand he has some talent, but he’s not THAT good to be worth the inevitable circus which is to come. Enjoy him, Miami.

    • miamatt - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      Yeah, because the Heat don’t know anything about a circus environment. I mean, does anybody REALLY believe that Beasley is even capable of being a distraction on a team with LeBron and Wade on it? Once there are actual basketball stories to report (ya know, in season), we won’t here anything about Beasley unless a) he is actually, somehow contributing on the court or b) he walked out of a meeting with Pat Riley holding a pink slip.

      I’m sorry, it’s just hilarious to me that anybody could think that BEASLEY will bring a circus to Miami, LOL. What NBA have you been watching the last three years???

  5. jzone954 - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Talented player who if messes up, GETS CUT…’s that simple. But from a basketball standpoint, this is a brilliant signing.Riley didn’t want to really let him go but had to to bring the big 3 together….
    He’ll be fine..

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      from a basketball standpoint, Beasley has never been any good in the NBA.

      • jusdre313 - Oct 2, 2013 at 6:45 PM

        what are you talking about. hes got 5 seasons under his belt and an average of 13.9, 14.8, 19.2, 11.2 and 10.1. how is that not good??

        Bottom line this is a low risk/ high reward signing by MIA non guaranteed cash.. Yeah beasley has messed up before but the kid is only 24 years old NOW. stop hating

  6. jw1991 - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    maybe if he wasn’t getting high all the time he could contribute something. waste of talent, I wish I were 6’10 230+ pounds….

  7. miamatt - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    “Just trying to do things the right way consistently”- this is a Miami Heat mantra.

    Why isn’t that the focus of this “story”. I mean has anybody tried to go about anything in life with an attitude of ” looking at not making mistakes or trying not to mess up”? That’s exactly how mistakes happen.

    I don’t think Beasley will ultimately amount to much this season in Miami, but to act like this quotation is evidence of anything at all is just a joke. You could well have made the headline: Beasley “just trying to do the right things consistently”….. but that wouldn’t fit the narrative, I suppose…

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      I think Beasley was trying to say the right thing, he just didn’t know how to say it.

  8. antistratfordian - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    I believe people are missing the point of his quote. You know there’s the cliche in sports where your coaches tell you that you will make more mistakes if you concentrate too much on not making mistakes. I think this is what Beasley was getting at but didn’t articulate it clearly.

  9. kb2408 - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Translation : I got plenty of money and I’m gonna smoke all the weed I want…and I don’t care who doesn’t like it. Seriously, I saw a picture of him standing next to Durant and either Kevin is 7ft or Beasley is more like 6′ 7″. Durant was at least 2-3 inches taller than him. My point is, Beasley is an undersized power forward and not quick or athletic enough to succeed as a small forward.

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:04 AM

      He’s not quite quick enough or crafty enough to get by guys on the perimeter, which leads to a lot of pull up jumpers, which leads him scoring fewer total points that total shots taken last year, which is AWFUL.

  10. earpaniac - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    I’m definitely not a fan of the Heat. With that being said, the team is obviously a team of proven winners and dedicated, professional players. You aren’t as successful as they are without being so. If Beasley can’t at the very least learn to act as a dedicated professional on this team, he’s China bound. The Heat strike me as a team who’s only focus is winning a title. They don’t seem to be the team who’d take his usual shenanigans without correcting them immediately. One of the worst things to watch is obvious squandered talent. I hope for his sake he grows up. I’m not exactly going to hold my breath waiting. And to think there was actual, legitimate discussion not that long ago on who the Bulls should take at no. 1, him or Rose. There were also more than one commentator who said the Bulls made a mistake taking Rose. If you told that to somebody who wasn’t a fan then, they’d think you were insane.

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:08 AM

      Beasley’s college numbers projected him to be really good in the pros. At the time he looked like a very good pick. Clearly the #1 pick should’ve been Love.

  11. tomcreanshair - Oct 2, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    ‘shant not’ = double negative……

  12. ranfan12 - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Could at least lay off the weed until the offseason, or whenever you have an extended break. I’d put all my other stuff on hold if I was given the chance again just for my “potential”

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