The Maturation of Michael Beasley

» January 4, 2010 12:07 PM | By Brandon Hoffman

Lost amid the talk of Gilbert Arenas, gun possession, and grand jury indictments, have been several positive reports out of Miami concerning once-troubled forward Michael Beasley. Beasley, you might remember, made waves last summer when he checked into a rehabilitation center for treatment of depression and substance abuse. After a month long stay at the Houston-based facility, Beasley apologized for his mistakes and said it’s time to grow up. So far, so good, as Israel Gutierrez writes in today’s Miami Herald:

Beasley was among the topics during that team meeting a few weeks back that supposedly turned the season around. And that only turned up the volume on what had been spoken in whispers mostly since he arrived.

But if you’ve paid attention of late, it wasn’t the first sign of bravado from the soon-to-be 21-year-old.

He proclaimed recently that he’s not a rookie anymore and won’t be treated like one.

That he mostly will only listen to Udonis Haslem for either advice or constructive criticism. And after the Heat’s loss to the Bobcats, another confounding home L, that things will get ugly if the approach doesn’t change soon.

“We’re going into the part of the schedule where we need each other the most,” Beasley said after Saturday’s loss. “If we panic, if we get apart, it’s not going to be pretty the month of January.”

In other words, get off my back and I’ll have your back.

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