Minnesota Timberwolves: Why Michael Beasley Is the NBA’s Biggest Lockout Loser

August 5th, 2011 by AJ Sheridan Leave a reply »
This is not a reaction piece to “The Mush Heard 'Round the World.” Rather, this article was in the works long before Michael Beasley put his hands on a spectator during a playground game in New York City on Thursday night.

I loved the Minnesota Timberwolves' addition of Beasley last summer. Sure, he was a work in progress, but he had that old basketball cliche—upside. I loved watching him take over games on the offensive end. I admit, I even loved the way his personality came through on the floor. (Clapping along to the "Cha Cha Slide" after a made basket, while the ball was in play. Who does that?)

What continues to worry me about B-Easy, however, is the same thing that has worried critics since his controversial transfer from high school powerhouse Oak Hill Academy back in 2006—his immaturity.

Sure, at just 22 years old, Beasley is still maturing—both on the court and off. But the problem to this point has been his lack of progress, specifically off the court (or should I say off the NBA court).

Beasley left Oak Hill before his senior year, when the school learned that his eight semesters of high school eli ...

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