In one of the funnier (if that’s the right word) stories of the NBA preseason, Miami Heat forward Michael Beasley seemingly injured himself during the Heat’s preseason game on Thursday night. However, there is some increased clarity in the situation as of Friday night, and it seems that the injury wasn’t self-inflicted after all.
Michael Wallace of ESPN.com is reporting that the Miami Heat indicated that “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.”
Honestly, this puts a bit of a cramp on what is a tremendous story, but it’s probably a good thing for Beasley. The left-handed gunner had a very nice game on Friday night against Charlotte, and while there is no shortage of talent for the former #2 overall pick, this could be his final chance in the NBA if things go south.
Sometimes it takes the perfect situation (see Zach Randolph in Memphis) to take a troubled but talented player to his peak, and this could be it for Miami. Playing with Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and Erik Spoelstra should be one of the easier things to do in the NBA, and things look as positive as they’ve been for Beasley in a long time.