Originally written on In The Neutral Zone  |  Last updated 11/18/14
    Obviously Michael Beasley has had a more than troubled past. Anyone who follows basketball would tell you that. He has had his run- ins with the law with his marijuana possession and habits, which earned him a reputation for being a lazy and a headache of a player, as well as his emotional issues as well. Beasley has had his share of problems, without question, and his discipline has been always a setback. Does this mean he can’t contribute to a team? I wouldn’t count him out so fast. So how exactly does Michael Beasley makes the Heat a little bit better, you may ask? The Heat lost Mike Miller, their 3 point specialist and great hard working player when he went to Memphis to play. Beasley brings height, something you can’t teach. At 6-10 and 235 he has a body, a great NBA body. And the Heat have not been a good rebounding team in several years. The last 3 seasons, averaging in the bottom half of the league off the glass, he may not be a monster bound man who is going to give you 12/ game, but when he played 30 minutes, he was able to provide a serviceable 6 boards a night. Which, sadly, would be good for 2nd on the team, currently. A career 14 point and a merely 5 rebound player; he offers a solid shot, including a useful deep ball shooter, with a feathery touch. After being in the league for 5 years and being more or less considered a pretty massive bust after being drafted in 2008 from Kansas State, where he was more than dominant, and was highly touted as being a great player that many, including myself, expected a lot from the kid. Now after his strange time in the NBA, so far, he has spent his career being a journeyman now at only 24 years old, Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra has stuck him on the bench during the season thus far playing behind almost everyone.  Spoelstra has even been using Rashard Lewis over playing Beasley as of so far in the early season, behind starter Udonis Haslem. But I don’t think it’s too late for him to turn things around for himself, not now, and not in Miami. In preseason, he got some decent playing time off the bench, playing about 15 minutes / game and he put up nice numbers with 9 points and 4 boards, while shooting 46% from the field. Being in this kind of environment for him with leaders and strong influences, like Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and most definitely Pat Riley, will and should help the troubled forward getting on with his career, and change it around. Maybe Beasley will never be the 25/12 player that many may have built him up to be when he came out of college, but as an excellent coming off the bench guy, who gives your team a much needed spark, absolutely. His expectations as a bench player and a role player will take a lot of the pressure off his shoulders that he may have felt went he came out of school, and quite possibly wasn’t really ready for the grown up game of the NBA at the time. Let alone, being the immediate face of a team. Overall, I think Beasley will be alright. He is surrounded by great talent, and surrounded by great veterans. He should be a positive player for the Heat, if the “Birdman” was able to get a shot and succeed in Miami, then I wouldn’t count out Beasley so quickly. Given 15 minutes a game, 10/5 off the bench, isn’t so bad, let alone a shot at getting a championship ring. Written by TonyK of VegasTopDogs.com.  Click here to your all of football and basketball winning sports info daily! 15 total views, 15 views today
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