The latest Twitter account is gone, as is all hope for this season.
But Michael Beasley hasn't turned his back on his past. So, yes, the gifted 6-foot-10 forward plans to be back at the playoffs with the Miami Heat, although this time merely as a spectator.
Dealt to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of the massive July makeover that left the Heat with Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and championship visions, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft leaned against a railing Thursday at Target Center and spoke about his new life at the bottom of the standings.
"You all could talk about me all you all want to if you give me 53 wins," he said of his turbulent first two NBA seasons with the Heat. "You all can say everything."
The Heat actually enter Friday's game against the Timberwolves at 52-23, but considering Minnesota stands a Western Conference-worst 17-58, assuming another Heat win is not much of a stretch.
"Honestly," Beasley said, "it hasn't been that bad, kind of laugh to keep from crying."
The expectation this season was that Beasley would trade wins for numbers. But the expected quantum statistical leap has not materialized. While he is averaging 18.9 points after averaging 14.8 last season, he is playing only 2.2 minutes more per game than he played last season with the Heat and averaging one fewer rebound.
In many respects, the career confusion remains, with the Timberwolves loaded with youthful players at his positions, including Kevin Love and emerging Anthony Randolph.
Michael Beasley views Heat with envy from NBA cellar
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Apr 1