We all knew something was up. The AP reported that Michael Beasley checked himself into a rehab facility to fight depression and probably substance abuse. This happens a few days after Beasley posted a controversial photo on his Twitter showing off his new tattoo. The photo also showed a small plastic bag in the background, and although nobody can tell exactly what that is, the rumors had started already that it was drugs.
It wasn't just the photo. Beasley's Twitter feed gave away the problem.Feelin like it’s not worth livin!!!!!!! I’m done” he said in one, and“I feel like the whole world is against me I can’t win for losin”. He closed his Twitter after that for the second time this summer.
It is very sad that he is going through this, but I cannot help but wonder what is causing it. He is one of the hottest prospects in the NBA. He had a solid rookie season and he is now considered one of the main weapons for the Heat this season. Both Pat Riley and Coach Spo said that they plan to use Beasley a lot more this year, and Dwyane Wade also said he is looking forward to see how his young teammate improved over the summer and how much he will contribute in this sophomore year.
So what is the problem? Beasley had attitude problems before. There was nothing ultra controversial, but the use of drugs already cost him some bad press and $50,000 last summer. It was also said he is immature, but he is 20 years old so that is not exactly a surprise. I thought I heard Coach Spo and the others talk many times about how much Beasley wanted to learn and how hard he worked to improve and listen to his coaches.
I remember how hard Beasley worked on his defense all year, to the point of him celebrating and receiving high-fives from his teammates later during the season when he was able to draw his first charge (offensive foul) against the Pacers. And his defense improved, his offense improved, and his minutes were supposed to improve this year to reflect that.
It's unclear at this point how serious the problem is and what to expect. Training camp starts soon. We know Beasley has been training hard this summer to get better, but his mind is a lot more important than his physique at this point. Let's wish Beas the best in recovering and coming back stronger and happier to our team. We need him and I think the best cure will be showing himself and the whole world that he has the potential to be one of the best basketball players in the league.