Shootaround Access: Timberwolves vs. Heat

Kelsey Kroll
Wolves Editorial/Social Media Associate


His time with the Miami Heat may have been brief but Timberwolves guard Michael Beasley left Miami with a new perspective on what it takes to become an elite athlete.

Following Friday's shootaround, Beasley—who was taken second overall by Miami in the 2008 NBA Draft—said he picked up valuable lessons on the court from Miami guard Dwyane Wade that helped him in his development.

"From what I saw, he was always the first one in and the last one out," Beasley said. "He was always working on his guarding, working on his weaknesses —if he even has any.

"He still works out like he's the seventh round pick, trying to survive. I mean he never was a seventh round pick but he still worked out like he was fighting for a spot on the team. And to be that good and still work that hard that's going to take him somewhere far."

Beasley said Wade's work ethic is something anyone can develop just from knowing him and admits it has driven him to work harder each day.

"I have always worked hard, and especially after seeing how hard he worked game days and after games," Beasley said. "Day and night, he's always showing that effort."

Wade expressed similar accolades for his former teammate, demonstrating that the camaraderie and respect between teammates, current or former, never really goes away.

"Michael is an unbelievable talent," Wade said. "He's a good player; he's one of the best young talents that we have in this game. But he has the potential to be a great player, whether he wants it or not."

He said Beasley, who is averaging 19.5 points per game this season for the Wolves, is in the right position with a young Timberwolves team and a proven leader in coach Rick Adelman.

"The thing with Michael is he's going to continue to grow with the game and get into a winning environment and start understanding what he needs, what the team needs from him," Wade said.

"The best thing that's happened to him and this organization is bring in Adelman. You see what he did in Houston with that team, the athleticism they have, the talent that they have, bringing him in to let them kind of go and be themselves, figure it out."

Wade, already an NBA champion, has seen what it takes to achieve success. He said the Wolves have pieces in place to make that next step.

"They're going to be a high scoring team all year," Wade said. "I think that was the best thing that happened to them."

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