Pat Riley and the Miami Heat are back at it again. The Heat signed Michael Beasley to a $1 million contract yesterday.
Is this a bad move by the Heat? Well, Beasley started his NBA career in Miami. Beasley was the No.2 pick behind Derrick Rose in the 2008 draft. He was a standout player for the Kansas State Wildcats, earning Big 12 player of the year honors and leading his team to the NCAA tournament.
Standing at 6-foot-10 and weighing around 230 pounds, Beasley is a talented athlete. Is this too good to be true for the Heat to continue to add good talent to their loaded roster? Unfortunately, Beasley comes with a lot of baggage. He’s a great athlete but can’t stay out of trouble off the court. The Heat let Beasley go in 2010 to clear cap space to acquire LeBron James and get draft picks. Beasley then joined the Minnesota Timberwolves for 2 years, and the Phoenix Suns for a season. The Suns recently dropped Beasley due to his behavior off the court. Michael was arrested in Arizona on charges of felony marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia according to the Associated Press. He’s been caught up in a couple of incidents since joining the NBA.
If Beasley can’t stay out of trouble in places like Phoenix and Minnesota, how will he stay out of trouble in Miami? South Beach is known for the nightlife, having a good time, and enjoying life which could lead to more trouble for Beasley.
The Timberwolves and Suns organizations couldn’t handle Beasley’s immaturity. They didn’t have enough faith in him when he said he would stay out of trouble and end his marijuana addiction. Can he overcome his bad habits and help the Heat 3-peat?
If Chris Andersen aka Birdman can stay out of trouble in South Beach, why can’t Beasley? I think the Heat made a great decision by giving Beasley another chance. When he played for the Heat he did well. It’s clear that the Miami Heat organization sees something in him. They drafted him at No.2; they know he has talent, and know he hasn’t reached his full potential.
One of the key things that will help Beasley stay out of trouble is the great leadership he’s surrounded by. When he was in Phoenix and Minnesota, he didn’t have players to look up too. In Miami he has plenty of people to look up too. James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen, Andersen, and other players on the team are good examples for Beasley. With the leadership that LeBron brings to the Heat and the way he cares about this team, I’m sure he’ll guide Beasley the right way. With support from the organization and his veteran teammates, Beasley has every reason to redeem himself.
The Heat organization as a whole is a class act. You never hear of players getting into trouble, and the management from top to bottom is superior in the league. With a up and coming young coach Erik Spoelstra ,who also believes in Beasley, and teammates who will support him, he should be fine. It’s clear that he’s very talented. He proved that at Kansas State and his short time in Miami. If he could just realize what opportunities he has, and that he’s playing on the best team in the NBA, he should straighten up. This is a tactic move by Miami that makes their goal of 3-peating look more attainable.