By Val Marvin Macanas
Manila, Philippines – The defending champions Miami Heat have increased their firepower by signing veteran forward Michael Beasely into a precarious non-guaranteed minimum contract deal.
The 6’10 Beasely who was recently released by the Phoenix Suns will be having his 2nd tour of duty with the Heat. The first one was way back 2008 wherein the Heat drafted Beasely as their 2nd overall pick but things didn’t turn out to be smooth for the Big Scoring lefty as he was subsequently traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the summer of 2010 to give way for the arrival of LeBron James and Chris Bosh. The two stars joined the Heat’s mainstay Dwyane Wade to form the so called “Big 3” of Miami.
3 years have passed and Beasely will soon have another chance to prove to the Miami Heat Organization that he can be a vital part of the team’s rotation, especially now that one of the potent scorers of the team in the person of Mike Miller recently got amnestied.
Beasely is a talented scorer. He can score in bunches if he wants to. In fact, he averaged 19 points per game in one year. The only problem is that he is hot headed and often gets into trouble. But every problem has a SOLUTION. He just needs to discipline and control himself.
The thing is, as we all know, that’s not an easy thing to do in the NBA. With the amount of money that the players are earning, it’s hard to be disciplined and be moderate when it comes to doing things like partying every night, hanging out with one's circle of friends, gambling, clubbing, etc..
That's the reason why this hanging question appears in the horizon: Can Coach Erik Spoelstra and The Big 3 discipline and change Beasely?