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Report: LeBron James ‘was not pleased’ with Michael Beasley’s focus

Jun 22, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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The Heat gambled on two players no one would touch last season in Greg Oden and Michael Beasley, and neither one paid off in terms of being able to crack a rotation that desperately could have used some assistance.

Oden, of course, had a long history of knee injuries, but a back issue was what reportedly kept him from contributing meaningful minutes.

With Beasley, the problems have been on the mental side for quite some time. He was given too much too soon in Phoenix, and off the court troubles caused the Suns to waive him in early September. Beasley came into the league with the Heat, however, so the organization was comfortable in giving him a second shot since Erik Spoelstra and Dwyane Wade were there during the original stint.

But while Beasley appeared in 55 regular season contests, he played just six total minutes during Miami’s run to the Finals, before a 17-minute outing in Game 5 once the championship had already been lost. It was his lack of focus, more than anything, that caused the organization to lose trust.

From Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe:

The summer should be an interesting one for former second overall pick Michael Beasley, who is a free agent and is not likely to return to Miami after a disappointing second stint with the club. NBA sources said James was not pleased with Beasley’s focus and he lost the confidence of coach Erik Spoelstra shortly into the season. In one sequence that typified his career, Beasley swooped in for a tip-dunk in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. On the Spurs’ next possession, Beasley got lost on a pick-and-roll, allowing Diaw an open 3-pointer, which of course he swished. Beasley is likely to get a one-year deal on the open market and his past year in Miami did little to help his reputation.

Beasley might indeed get that one-year deal, mainly because teams always believe that their situation could be the right one to turn a player’s career around, and get that level of production that once seemed so promising. But it won’t be because of anything he did in Miami to instill even a modicum of confidence.

  1. boutdatcomment - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Does all this mean that LeBron James will Opt-Out and join the Wizards team with Wall, Beal, and Nene?

  2. adamgmzshinerbock100 - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Oh yeah Beasley and Oden were the reason they lost….geez give me a freaking break

    • bkbell3 - Jun 22, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      Adam, where the hell did you get that out of this article? It just said they gambled on 2 guy helping them and being rotation players on a cash strapped team and for various reasons they didn’t help. Beasley if focused and playing hard at 6’10” with his ability to score inside and out and rebound could have been a huge help. He did shoot 49% from the field and 40% from the 3. But no one including the heat are making any excuses they acknowledged that the Spurs played fantastic and were the better team.You are delusional.

      • cavreconscout - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:18 PM

        If Beasley was On top Of his game PLAYING at 100% the spurs WILL did and Have won

    • cavreconscout - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      If Beasley was On top Of his game PLAYING at 100% the spurs WILL did and Have won

      • 1historian - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:13 AM

        That’s the whole point – he was NOT on top of his game and playing at 100% and that is what you’re hired to do especially at playoff time and if you don’t do that – don’t let the door slam on your way out.

      • nomoreliesfortoday - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:25 PM

        What language is that?

  3. shanydawg - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    I’m a Heat fan and big Bron fan. But STOP – PLEASE STOP with these inane articles about Lebron and how he ties his shoes. It’s old, tired and pathetic. Maybe they should consider reporting something when there’s some actual news.

  4. antistratfordian - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Well at least he tried. I’m talking about both Bron and Beasley.

    • jkirby317 - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      At least he tried? seriously?

      • antistratfordian - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        Yes. Problem?

      • jkirby317 - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:28 PM

        Ridiculous.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        Why is that ridiculous? Have a problem with people trying?

  5. jollyjoker2 - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Lebron the elitist ..just got their behinds handed to them. Enjoy.!

    • rawgator06 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      yeah LeBron the elitist, compared to those poverty-striken multimillionaires on the Spurs.

  6. genericcommenter - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    The Heat did not “gamble in 2 players that no one would touch.” Several teams would have signed Oden and possibly Beasley to 1 year low money deals. The article even says Beasley will probably get a 1 year deal from someone now. That’s a contradiction. If no one wanted him last year except the Heat, why would someone want him after he failed to impress and even the Heat are cutting ties? It’s obvious both players had some (limited) options and why they chose Miami.

    • mogogo1 - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      Really, Beasley helped his stock in garbage time of game 7 when he came in and scored effectively. Many people went away wondering why he’d barely played in the series before that given their offensive struggles. Plus, for lacking focus he looked pretty good in the regular season. Oden, on the other hand, I think may be done. I can’t imagine anybody expecting him to provide much given he had pretty much the ideal situation with the Heat (extremely limited minutes, very specific areas they wanted him to contribute) and showed nothing. Not many teams can use a roster spot on a guy unless they think he can be a regular part of the rotation.

      • mogogo1 - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        Game 5. Game 7 in Miami’s dreams.

    • tonybot3 - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      How can you say it wasn’t a gamble??? The both sucked…. That right there is proof it was a gamble. Whether other teams would’ve considered the same gamble is a moot point… The Heat did it, and the Heat are the ones who got burned for it.

      • genericcommenter - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:18 PM

        They got burned by end of the bench guys on minimum deals? That’s the wrong place for the blame. Plus you took my comment out of context by using 1 word out of a quote. I didn’t quote “gamble”- I said the Heat did not gamble on 2 guys no one else would touch, because the comment in its entirety was incorrect. EVERY signing is a “gamble.” But not ever gamble is on “guys no one would touch.” And if they are untouchable, why does the author think Beasley will sign somewhere now, AFTER he sucked and did worse than when he was “untouchable”? Plus, plenty of teams would have gambled on an injury-prone 7-footer for the end of the bench.

  7. marbulz - Jun 22, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    If you could could just kept himself clean got some workouts went with a Hall of Famer to practice learn some more new things defense scoring whatever I think you would come and turn around surprise a lot of people and you still might do that don’t sleep on anybody

  8. kb2408 - Jun 22, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Most weed heads I know swears it helps them focus better….

    • mazblast - Jun 22, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      “Uh, what were you saying? I wasn’t listening.”

    • hannsta - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Just have to use it as a reward.

  9. rhettbogan - Jun 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    He’s just trying to set things up so he can do what he does best….Run to another Ready Made Team…..LOL

  10. andersonarthur - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    How about Wade’s focus??
    With these guys its always about passing the buck to the lower teammate. Before this it was Chalmers fault, then Haslem’s inability. Guys that wouldn’t even make most teams.
    Let them tell it, Lebron never has enough help. I guess next he’ll need Kobe and Durant.

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