On most NBA teams, your job as a player is to impress your coach and the front office. But in rare instances, you also have to please a superstar player like LeBron James and that’s not something his Miami Heat teammate, Michael Beasley was apparently able to do.
Beasley, who has been known to be somewhat of a knucklehead during his NBA career was given an opportunity with the Heat thanks to his promise and their lack of cap room, but the marriage never really seemed to work out and LeBron James apparently wasn’t thrilled with his lack of focus.
According to the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn, James grew irritated with Beasley out-of-left-field mentality which very well could have a direct impact on what the Heat do with Beasley, a free agent to be, next season.
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.
What James says in Miami goes and if he isn’t wanted by LeBron in South Beach, one has to think Beasley may have played his last game for the Heat.