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Michael Beasley: "We are the team to beat"

Posted on: September 17, 2010 10:49 am
 
Posted by Royce Young

Since moving to Minnesota, according to his general manager, Michael Beasley has supposedly given up his old habits. And by "old habits," I think you know what I mean.

But then he goes and says something like this which makes you think maybe he hasn't.
"Honestly, and I know a lot of people are not going to like that fact that I'm going to say this but I think we are the team to beat," Beasley told Timberwolves.com in an interview. "You know, that's just me and my ego speaking. I think the Lakers are the defending champs two years in a row, I think the Lakers still hold that title. It's nice to see somebody try to fight back but as of now, the Lakers are still the team to beat."
So you are the team to beat, but then you're not? You have to admire Beasley's confidence though. And as a player, why shouldn't you think your team will be good? It's not very fun to go into a season admitting you're going to stink. But even despite egos and confidence, most people still have some sense of reality, something Beasley evidently does not.

But on one hand, you have the Timberwolves writing open letters admitting they aren't going to be winning anything important any time soon, then on the other, a player is saying they're the best team out there. One of those left hand doesn't know what the right is doing sort of things, huh?

Say it again with me just for fun - Minnesota Timberwolves: the team to beat in 2010-11.
Comments

Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2010 10:04 pm
 

Michael Beasley: "We are the team to beat"

Im a diehard heat fan, and i have to say that ever since he was drafted he hasnt lived up to expectations. Even when d-wade is having an off night, and the heat need him to step up, its like beasley backed down from the challenge. He has the physical tools, but mentally, not even close.



Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2010 1:26 pm
 

Michael Beasley: "We are the team to beat"

The way Beasley plays night in and night out I think the answer is yes. He never plays with any passion or motivation. The only thing that seems to motivate and drive this guys performance is the $$ he's making and the pot he'll buy at the next party that night. If he wants to take his game to the next level he's going to need to focus and cut his distractions. Grant it, the guy is natuarlly oozing with talent but that is all he relies on. This kid could be so much better, but for right now that is all he is, an overgrown boy playing a mans game.

Come on Michael! If you expect to be wanted by anyone after ur fling with the Timberwolves you better start playing with some heart man.



Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2010 1:26 pm
 

Michael Beasley: "We are the team to beat"

The way Beasley plays night in and night out I think the answer is yes. He never plays with any passion or motivation. The only thing that seems to motivate and drive this guys performance is the $$ he's making and the pot he'll buy at the next party that night. If he wants to take his game to the next level he's going to need to focus and cut his distractions. Grant it, the guy is natuarlly oozing with talent but that is all he relies on. This kid could be so much better, but for right now that is all he is, an overgrown boy playing a mans game.

Come on Michael! If you expect to be wanted by anyone after ur fling with the Timberwolves you better start playing with some heart man.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2010 1:21 pm
 

Michael Beasley: "We are the team to beat"

i said long ago when the bulls got lucky and snagged the number one pick, that they should draft rose....hes a much better all around player and fit....beasley has always had some issues off the court.  I also agree about the thunder, theyre going to be fun to watch. Im actually excited about watching my team more this year the bulls...even though we didnt get a big three..we got some really good players to go with our rising stars, and if they do trade with denver to get melo...well that would be very interesting.



Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2010 11:04 am
 

Michael Beasley: "We are the team to beat"

In response to Favre from over:

SO what's your point? I'm tired of all these excuses about him not being the main focus/star player on the the Heat when he was drafted! Anyboby who's been watching basketball since D-wade was drafted knows that the Heat are IS his team and has been since he day 1. Basketball is a TEAM sport! Beasley knew that he was going to have to become a complimentary player regaurdless, no matter who drafted him. Period! He's an undersized PF who plays soft! He has to depend on other players, to get him the ball unless he's crashing the boards on a regular and anyone who's watched him in the NBA who says that he gets after it it is a big fat liar! Beasley is his own worst enemy and as soon as he (and his fans) admit this puts in the time it takes to develop his game to next level he'll be nothing but in the NBA but a journeyman who's salary is used for trade bait like, Kieth Van Horn. It's not too late for him to take his career seriously, but the question is: Is he content to just be in the NBA!?



Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2010 10:25 am
 

Michael Beasley: "We are the team to beat"

SO what's your point? I'm tired of all these excuses about him not being the main focus/star player on the the Heat when he was drafted! Anyboby who's been watching basketball since D-wade was drafted knows that the Heat are IS his team and has been since he day 1. Basketball is a TEAM sport! Beasley knew that he was going to have to become a complimentary player regaurdless, no matter who drafted him. Period! He's an undersized PF who plays soft! He has to depend on other players, to get him the ball unless he's crashing the boards on a regular and anyone who's watched him in the NBA who says that he gets after it it is a big fat liar! Beasley is his own worst enemy and as soon as he (and his fans) admit this puts in the time it takes to develop his game to next level he'll be nothing but in the NBA but a journeyman who's salary is used for trade bait like, Kieth Van Horn. It's not too late for him to take his career seriously, but the question is: Does he want to live up to the hype or is he content to just being in the NBA!? Only time will tell!




Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: September 20, 2010 12:19 am
 

Michael Beasley: "We are the team to beat"

If Beasley can start and get mins and hype up the Twolves fans..then he definitely can be a 20-10 guy..i mean..he isnt that far from it 15-7 isnt bad. With extra mins and motivation..scoring an extra 5 pts and grabbing 3 more boards shouldnt be hard to do.  I just dont know how this will work unless Beasley plays SF..cause Darko has a huge contract..and reckon he will start..or it will be Love at center every now and then swapping with Darko...and Beasley sometimes at SF and sometimes PF..idk..should be interesting how they do this



Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2010 10:58 pm
 

Michael Beasley: "We are the team to beat"

1) The author was pointing out the fact that Beasley said the Twolves were the team to beat, and the went and said that the Lakers were the defending champs and the team to beat.  And then stated once again that the Twolves were the team to beat.  Make up your mind Beasley!  It was as if i said apples are my favorite food, but i always have oranges so they are my favorite food.  But i think apples are my favorite food.  Doesn't make much sense there does it?

2) Is Beasley even going to start for the Twolves next season?  Kevin Love plays fower forward too.  Kevin Love was on the Gold Medal US Team in the FIBA championships this off-season.  He averaged 14 pts and 11 boards a game, very comparable to Beasley's 15 pts and 6 boards.  Makes $5 million less than Beasley over the next three years, and has been a stellar representative for the organization off the court.  Sounds like an easy decision to me...

3) Anyone who legitimately thinks, as the roster is configured right now, that the Twolves are making the playoffs, none the less "the team to beat" is either high on drugs or in need of medication.  This roster is a mess!  Darko Milicic will be starting at center for this team next year, thats right, DARKO MILICIC!! The only position that is somewhat solid is the power forward position with Love and Beasley splitting the minutes.  The Management for Minnesota is horrible!!  They just gave a 4 year/$20 million contract to a center that averaged 6 points and 3 boards for last season, and have 8 forwards on the roster. Just look at the draft choices recently; In 2009, the best two point guards that they drafted are playing for either a diferent team or a different league. And&nbs
p;do i even want to mention the dreaded 2006 draft day swap of Brandon Roy for Randy Foye!  

The best thing that could happen to the Twolves is to clean house!  Start fresh with solid coach, young core, cap space, and draft picks.  And by all means, do not let your young mentally unstable player start thinking that the team is better than it is.  Because by no means are they the "team to beat"!!

GO LAKERS!  BACK2BACK2BACK!!
      
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Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: September 19, 2010 10:49 pm
 

Michael Beasley: "We are the team to beat"

It's sad to see so many people hoping on the Heat bandwagons, have fun watching your team win constantly. That's what being a fan is all about, picking the best team year after year and hoping on their bandwagon. (:



Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2010 8:48 pm
 

Michael Beasley: "We are the team to beat"

Like I said love the attitude but don't go out saying it and make it a big thing. You think that the Pittsburgh Pirates players are saying the same thing before every season? Every team should think that they should win every game but keep it internally... Unless your the Lakers, Heat, etc.


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