Originally posted on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 3/6/13
Michael Beasley may not be a bust of the magnitude of say a Shawn Bradley, but when you’re the #2 pick and chosen ahead of the likes of All-Stars Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Brook Lopez and Roy Hibbert, you can’t be an average NBA player. Beasley has struggled since 2008, and unless he gets his head on straight, he may be out of the league soon.  Phoenix Suns interim head coach Lindsey Hunter says Beasley needs to be treated like a sensitive child. Hunter described it as Beasley possibly breaking down and crying if you’re mean to him. Hunter told the Arizona Republic, it’s just like raising kids. “It’s just like raising kids,” Hunter said. “One kid you may be able to raise your voice with, the other kid if you raise your voice they break down and cry.” “Nobody is yelling at him on the court,” Hunter said. “I know a lot of kids that thrive on the basketball court but can’t take a coach yelling at them. It’s just the way some personalities are. As a coach I have to recognize that and get the best out of the kid. I have to coach him in a way that he’s receptive to.” Beasley averages 10.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 turnovers in 21.3 minutes a game, shooting 39.4% from the field.  He signed a three-year deal for $18 million and may be on his last contract.
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