Michael Beasley was signed by the Heat back in September, and he knows this is his last chance. He will have to change a lot, including his off the court issues. He will have to prove he is willing to play in the flow of Miami’s offense, which includes ball movement and up-tempo play. According to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel, he vows to make the most of his opportunity:
“Michael Beasley has been pushing himself, trying to make the best impression, practically affixing himself to Dwyane Wade’s side for mentorship. He wants to make this work, and he’s trying, really trying. This won’t fail for lack of effort, and apparently not for anything off the court, either. It’s a matter of making the not-so-easy adjustment to complementary player, something he never had been asked to do. I asked him about that Friday and he insists you won’t see him as a ball-stopper anymore. While the defensive limitations might be difficult to overcome, what he has to do is become more of a team player and try to make his mark on the boards. The question is whether he is a round peg trying to fit into a square hole, or whether all that talent can translate to mid-career versatility.”
He has said the right things before, so we will have to wait and see if he really means it this time. Beasley’s contract isn’t guaranteed, so he could be cut with no penalty. The Heat tip off the preseason against the Hawks in Miami tomorrow night.