Apparently Michael Beasley thinks he is going to play a critical role in the Miami Heat’s bid to three-peat this season. Beasley also feels pretty damn good about being the youngest player on the team, so much that he quoted Norris Cole’s age and years in the league. Seriously though, Beasley is stoked to have found out that he is the youngest on the Miami Heat squad.
Via Sun Sentinel:
“I’m 24,” Beasley said. “I’m like the youngest guy. Norris Cole is older than me. This is his third year and he’s considered one of the young guys on this team but he’s older than me. I’m the young guy again and it feels good.”
Oh boy. I suppose I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Beasley is only three months younger than Norris Cole. So yes Beasley, technically you are right. Beasley, who will turn 25 this season, also forgot to mention that he is younger than Greg Oden by nearly a full year!
Where am I taking this? Well Beasley thinks this is uber important because the past three seasons he had to play the role of veteran. This was too tall of an order for Beasley, as he was traded and released from the last two franchises he was part of.
“The last three years I was the veteran,” Beasley said. “To come back and be the young guy again, it’s a little different. I’m taking it all in stride.”
Beasley wasn’t done however. The question of pressure came up and how this may be his last shot to prove he isn’t a waste of talent. Beasley acknowledged this and stated that the pressure is on him, but then again, it’s not. But if the Heat lose, then he will be blamed. Um, sure!
“It’s a lot at stake,” Beasley said.
“If I come here and we don’t win, I’m the one to blame. There’s pressure and then it’s not. It’s not pressure because I’m playing with some of the greatest the game has to offer. I’m really not that worried about that now. It’s good and it’s bad. Like I said, I’m working hard and taking it day by day.”
Yeah, I guess that’s what you get Beasley for becoming a pariah and a distraction during your entire NBA tenure. However, with LeBron James, Chris Bosh and coach Erik Spoelstra, there will be plenty of blame to go around before it reaches Beasley and his 11 minutes a game.