Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Who Is the Real Michael Beasley?

March 7th, 2010 by Michael Pinto Leave a reply »
After increasing his scoring average from 14.2 points in November to 17.3 points in December, it looked like Michael Beasley was really coming into his own in his second season. 

Then his numbers dipped slightly to 16.4 ppg in January and even more in February—13.5 ppg. 

It seems every time Beasley looks to be turning the corner as a professional athlete, we are again reminded he's a 21-year-old kid who two months ago wasn't allowed in a bar. 

Beasley has talent, there's no one who questions that. The issue is whether that talent is overshadowed by his immaturity or the other way around.

Before the season, he was the subject of countless criticisms over off the court issues. Beasley did a stint at a Houston addiction treatment facility after it came out he had tested positive for marijuana.

It wasn't the first time he'd had a run-in with the league over substance abuse issues. In September of 2008 he was fined $50,000 for his involvement in an incident at the NBA Rookie Transition Program.

Beasley, fellow Heat teammate Mario Chalmers, and Darrel Arthur of the Memphis Grizzlies had ...

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