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The 21-year old rocks the cornrows, tattoos, and a unique charm that separates him from the pack.
Enter Michael Beasley.
"He is fun-loving, he enjoys basketball, he really loves playing the game, he is a student of the game and wants to get better," head coach Kurt Rambis said after a training camp session in Mankato.
During media day, Beasley accepted the role of reporter and snatched the microphone to interview his fellow teammates. "The B-Easy Show" brought levity inside the Lifetime Fitness Training Center with his own brand of humor. From crashing the live online chat at media day to singing and dancing after a long practice at training camp; Beasley is creating a positive vibe around the new-look team.
"Oh yeah, Mike is everywhere," Corey Brewer laughed. "He is athletic; he is going to be fun to watch, so Timberwolves fans are going to have something fun to look forward to."
The moment he arrived in the Twin Cities, Beasley established a sense of swagger and confidence fans can rally behind. "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 said.
On the floor, the third-year forward is not all talk as he displayed incredible speed during training camp and even coasted past Ron Artest for a couple of buckets in a preseason victory over the Lakers. This past Monday, the small forward dropped 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting in 18 minutes against the defending champs. While showing a mix of range from the perimeter and ability to score off the dribble, it was an impressive snapshot of what the future could hold for the former Kansas State star.
The 6-10 dynamic scoring threat is a supremely talented athlete. So, the outgoing and at times, outlandish personality can be mistaken for a lack of concentration or extreme focus directed at his profession. However,
Beasley is out to prove his worth after Miami drafted him at No. 2 in the 2008 NBA Draft.
"Basketball is not my job, it's my life, it's my passion. You know, it's my everything...besides my daughter. I put my all into it."
He owned up to his mistakes in the past and has his sights set on a golden opportunity in a Wolves uniform. While it's easy to feel a strong sense of optimism prior to the regular season, Beasley seems determined to change the atmosphere around the squad.
"He feels he holds himself to a higher standard and wants to excel in this league. He wants to become one of those top echelon players," Rambis said.
Beasley approaches basketball and life in a refreshing manner, making it hard to pick up the clicker and change the channel. Luckily for Wolves fans, the price of admission is free and "The B-Easy Show" is delivered directly to your computer and on the home floor soon...