Miami Heat: Michael Beasley Punches Himself During Preseason Game, Needs Treatment
It would seem that Michael Beasley is really taking his mistakes on the court a little too hard. Since being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, and then the Phoenix Suns, Beasley’s play has hit rock bottom statistically. Averaging less than 10.1 points per game last season, Beasley is looking to bounce back on a second chance taken by the Miami Heat.
During his first appearance in a Heat uniform this season, Beasley had a turnover in the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons that he didn’t like. This specific turnover resulted in Beasley punching himself repeatedly in the head while walking down court. According to Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald, Beasley punched himself so hard that he needed medical attention immediately following the game. Trainers applied steel compresses on the wounds to reduce bleeding on Beasley’s head.
I get that Beasley is determined to make the final cut on the Heat’s roster, but the way he handled his turnover was a little ridiculous. If you are trying to prove maturity and growth to the Heat organization, why do something as careless as this? Injuring yourself is not the right way to vent. If you want an example of how detrimental self-sustained injuries can be, look no further than when Amare Stoudemire punched a fire extinguisher during the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Heat. Because of the lacerations he sustained to his hand, Stoudemire was forced to miss Game 4 and 5 which ruined any chance for the New York Knicks to make a comeback in the series.
Beasley will more than likely make the final roster, but he must learn to curve his anger. This is all part of maturing with the game, and playing with the defending champs will help Beasley finally live up to the talent he has been blessed with.
Jared Doyle is a Miami Heat writer for RantSports.com.
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