Forward Michael Beasley returned to the Miami Heat to work out with them after staying in rehab for about a month. Beasley took part in voluntary workout sessions and was doing well. Much of the staff has seen Beasley for a while last month, some of them have seen them each day.
“We want to bring him back to the family, bring him back in here,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We’re 100 percent behind him. We’ve invested in him, not just financially but emotionally. We’ve spent a great deal of time with him this summer, trying to develop him on the court but also off the court. He’s ready. He was excited to be back here.”
Beasley was a star at high school and went on to play at Kansas State, making name for himself as he moved on to the NBA a year later where he was drafted by the Heat as the second overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft last year. Beasley has been in touch with his teammates from things like Twitter and just normal, good old-fashioned text messaging.
There might be some concern for Beasley, right? Not really, the Heat aren’t concerned that much at all about Beasley. He’s doing well after coming out of the rehabilitation facility. Power forward Udonis Haslem sure is happy to see Beasley back, and he has not seen anything go wrong with him.
“I have no concern at all,” Haslem said. “He’s working out, he’s staying in shape, he’s keeping himself sharp. It’s not like he doesn’t know the plays and with Beas, if all else fails, he’ll shoot it. So he’ll be fine when he gets back.”
When Beasley entered the Houston rehabilitation center on August 20, he wrote some sorrow messages on his Twitter account by writing things like he is “not worth living anymore,” “he’s done,” and “feel likes the whole word is against me and can’t win for losing.”
The whole Heat organization was rooting and supporting Beasley throughout his monthlong rehab therapy and said he was an important part of the team.
“We have great structure here within the franchise and I think what the NBA and everybody saw is that we’re 100 percent behind him,” Spoelstra said. “We were with him every step of the way and we’re expecting great things from him this year.”
The NBA season is almost here, and Beasley looks to make some impact this year. He had a great rookie season last year, averaging 13.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 0.5 assists and was the second-leading scorer behind shooting guard Dwayne Wade.
Expect a solid season from Michael this year.
Quotes were provided by ESPN.com in this report.