Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley has kept busy during an extended, locked-out NBA summer when he played ball everywhere from China to Manhattan's famed asphalt playgrounds. He has also taken up ballet to transform his body and hired a public- relations agency to improve his image. "I want everyone to know that I'm not this monster that they perceive," he said. "I'm a really nice guy." To that end, Beasley has organized what he calls an "All-Star Classic" exhibition game that will be played Friday night at Osseo High School with several of his teammates and other NBA players but won't include the star power of Kevin Love, Kevin Durant, John Wall and No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams, all of whom originally committed to play. Beasley and friends will play a regulation 48-minute game one night after NBA owners and players abruptly ended labor negotiations in New York with no end -- and no start of a season -- in sight. "I feel like with the lockout, the main people being hurt are the fans," Beasley said. "They're the ones suffering the most. I just felt it was right to put on a game for my hometown fans." So he and Wolves teammates Wes Johnson, Anthony Randolph, Anthony Tolliver, Wayne Ellington and Lazar Hayward will play, as will DeMarcus Cousins, Josh Howard, Mario Chalmers and Sam Young.
Beasley pursues an image makeover while filling a basketball gap
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Oct 21