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Heat say Beasley’s injury wasn’t caused by the punches he landed to his own head

Oct 12, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

Michael Beasley AP

Michael Beasley was caught on video punching himself in the head a couple of times after a missed shot during the Heat’s preseason win over the Pistons on Thursday, and he received treatment from team trainers following the game to reduce swelling above his eye.

Putting two and two together, it was originally believed that Beasley inflicted the damage upon himself. The team wanted to make it clear a day later that despite appearances, that simply wasn’t the case.

From Michael Wallace of

But Beasley, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and team officials said the wound above Beasley’s right eye was the result of an inadvertent blow he took from Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko as he attempted to block a shot in the third quarter, not from a self-inflicted punch.

“I watched the video and it does look like I knocked the mess out of myself,” Beasley said before Friday’s preseason game against the Charlotte Bobcats at the Sprint Center. “I had everybody in the world calling me and asking, ‘Why you so crazy?'”

So essentially, this day for Beasley was no different than any other.

  1. antistratfordian - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Not surprised. Guys like Beasley do not get the benefit of the doubt. In any case, he’s been ballin’ the last two games. Lookin’ good, preseason style.

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 12, 2013 at 1:12 AM

      unfortunately, whether or not he’s looked “ballin'” in the last two preseason games, he’s sucked royally in the previous 3 years. I’m afraid he’s a lost cause. Businesses would be better served if they realized their sunk costs early.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 12, 2013 at 2:32 AM

        Nah, Jason Kapono “sucked royally in the previous 3 years.”

        Michael Beasley, on the other hand, was one of only 13 players to average at least 19.4 PTS and 6.5 REB per 36 minutes over the last 3 seasons. You might recognize the other 12 players: LeBron, Durant, Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard, Lamarcus Aldridge, Dirk, Melo, Al Jefferson, Kevin Love, Brook Lopez, Stat & Demarcus Cousins.

        Had for the vet minimum. :)

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Oct 12, 2013 at 7:27 AM

        You mean like how the Heat traded him for nothing after his second year in order to free up the space that allowed them to sign Mike Miller?

        And then re-signing him for nothing three years later?

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - Oct 12, 2013 at 8:51 AM

        Kids can grow up, and the Heat have done no more than to make a gamble at very favorable odds that Beasley has done that. They have no investment of any kind that would make the sunk-cost fallacy applicable.

      • adamsjohn714 - Oct 12, 2013 at 6:07 PM

        He isn’t volunteering for them now. Even if he was making $5 an hour, it’d be a waste of money. Also, that roster spot he currently occupies has some value. Beasley is a total waste of everything that the Heat can offer, which they figured out a few years ago, and then somehow forgot.

      • adamsjohn714 - Oct 12, 2013 at 9:48 PM

        way to cherrypick your stats there, anti. He also was one of the only players to score fewer points than he had FGA last year. That is historically awful offense. If you’re expecting him to score 15 points at that rate, he’s going to need 15 or more shots. He’s one of the most inefficient offensive players in the game, compounds his inadequacies with the volume of attempts, and turns it over constantly, all while not playing any defense. The only area where he exceeds expectations is shot attempts.

      • muhangis - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:25 AM

        Citing a per 36 min avg for the season is hardly cherry picking stats..

        Beasley shot a .405% last year, while that is not very good, at the same time it is not among the very worst in the league, like you claim.

        And that is BY FAR the worst percentage he has shot in his 5 years. His next worse season is much significantly higher. Everybody concedes that it did not work out for him in Phoenix last year (afterall it is PHX who don’t know what the hell they’re doing + had no idea how to use him.)

        As far as the rest, you don’t know what you’re talking about either. Beasley does have an overall game, his D by people who never actually him/the game is made out way worse than it actually is, and his t/o rate for his career (if you knew anything about turnover #’s) is not any worse than the league average.

        In fact, his first two years in the league he turned the ball over once every 17.3 mins (going a bit down since) that is pretty good!

        So stop your shallow/short-sighted/does not seem to actually watch the game/does not know how to accurately follow stats.. comments, Adamsjohn. Your comments consistently resemble that you are simply another blind sheep.

      • adamsjohn714 - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:34 AM

        Citing a per 36 min avg is cherry picking when you only look at a few positive things (pts, ast., rebs.) while ignoring horrible inefficiency and turnovers.

        This shows ALL his stats, for every season, compared to his position, and they list them in per minute format. You’ll note his Turnovers are SIGNIFICANTLY worse than the league average. I’m having a hard time deciding if you’re just too stupid to know better, or willfully stupid and enjoying your brain dead existence. Enjoy watching his one dribble pull-up 19 footers that clank off the rim and saying, “wow, what great potential!”

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      The video clearly shows Beasley hitting himself on the side of the head – yet the swelling was above the eye. “Putting two and two together” seems tougher for some than for others.

  2. nflcrimerankingscom - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Dirtywane Wade probably cheap shot him in the locker room.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Oct 12, 2013 at 7:58 PM

      That makes total sense. Dwyane Wade will definitely just take Beasley’s knee out to… what? Hurt the team? Just because he’s so dirty he can’t help himself?

      • adamsjohn714 - Oct 12, 2013 at 9:49 PM

        If Wade took out Beasley’s knee, it would be a service to the Heat. They should give him a bonus.

  3. mackcarrington - Oct 12, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Beasley is an ignorant dunce and a completely and totally worthless human being.

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 12, 2013 at 3:00 AM

      try, “smokes weed and isn’t any good at NBA level basketball.” Other than that, I don’t think any judgements are applicable.

      • miamatt - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        This @adamsjohn714 guy…. I’m more and more a fan with each passing comment.

    • kb2408 - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      Says the dude that’s hammering a perfect stranger on a blog.

      • norcalkingsfan - Oct 13, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        Not strangers to his antics.

  4. rodge1 - Oct 12, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    If he stays out of trouble & rebounds when on the floor the Heat will win another title:

    • 00maltliquor - Oct 12, 2013 at 3:30 AM

      Mark my words, Beasley will not be any kind of reason why the Heat win this next title. They would do it with or without him.

    • spthegr8 - Oct 12, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      So lemme see if I got this str8. If Beasley stay’s on the floor and out of trouble, The Heat win another championship??? GOT IT!! I didn’t know Beasley was such a “key factor ” to weather the Heat 3 peat or not!! SMH……GTFOH!!!

      • eternallyill - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        I think what he meant was with Beasley’s present skill set with improved rebounding and a focused demeanor, he can do nothing but help a playoff tested team to a third title…..

    • kb2408 - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      Brave talk for a team that shouldn’t have won their second title. Every contender in the East got better….with the exception of Miami. Unless you consider signing a guy that hasn’t played in four years, and a guy that has a love for the sticky icky, getting better

      • eternallyill - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        Getting better doesn’t necessarily mean they’re better than Miami, hater

  5. 1historian - Oct 12, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    This reminds me of the story of the time when the late great pitcher Dizzy Dean was hit in the head with a pitched ball. He was taken to the hospital for x-rays and the headline the next day – “x-ray reveals nothing”

  6. rhetoric1 - Oct 12, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    If Beasley and Oden get rings before Rose and Durant.. I’ll be amused.

    • kb2408 - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      Doesn’t take much to amuse you, huh?

  7. kb2408 - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    What really happened is Mike took a massive pull off his bong, passed out, and hit his dome on the floor.

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 12, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      chrome to the dome

  8. allday420ap - Oct 12, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    the Beaslenater, keep shmokin the danks.

  9. gmsingh123 - Oct 12, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Does the Heat have a “salary cap” on IQ points, or what?

  10. eugenesaxe1 - Oct 12, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Translation: We don’t want him looking any stupider than he’s proven so far in his career, so we’re covering for him.

  11. freddysanford - Oct 12, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    This guy is a bust. Cut losses and move on

    Someone said he was “Ballin”


    Teams don’t want “ballers,” they want team players who execute. Grow up

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Oct 12, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      The Heat do indeed want team players who execute; they actually have some track record on that. So, if Beasley is a “bust”, he is getting significant minutes in the pre-season – why, in your view?

      • adamsjohn714 - Oct 12, 2013 at 9:56 PM

        He is getting significant minutes for many reasons.

        1. Preseason doesn’t matter much (especially to the 2x defending champs who have their basic roster set already).
        2. He was a high draft pick, and despite sucking (and getting progressively worse when he should be getting better), people won’t let that go and assume that “potential” means good play.
        3. Pat Riley made a stupid decision. Every GM (or whatever the title of the guy who decides on personnel) makes good and bad decisions. Riley has a track record of good decisions, but mistakes are made. I think there is a tiny bit of hubris among GMs as well. They all think that they can be the guy to turn around a bad player when others can’t. They all think they’re special, and are slow to believe that some guys just aren’t good.

  12. money2long - Oct 14, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    so many beasley apologists this year.

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