Nobody talked more than Michael Beasley before this season about his greatness — about how he’s just as skilled as LeBron James, about how he’s a “walking bucket” who can score 25 points per game, about how the Knicks could be the 5-or-6 seed in the Eastern Conference. Now, it’s different. With the team in a tailspin and Beasley’s production falling off a cliff, he often pretends like he’s at a loss for words. “Not sure,” he said Monday about his dip in production. “I don’t call the plays.” Beasley may have been a good story in the first half of the season, but lately he’s been more of the journeyman and draft bust who could only land a minimum contract over the summer. It’s clear that the 28-year-old blames his plight on a lack of opportunities, specifically because the new point guards – Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke – aren’t feeding him the ball the way Jarrett Jack did. He’s certainly not blaming himself. “I got to wait for people to get me involved,” he said Monday. As Jeff Hornacek continues to harp on the Knicks’ lack of effort following the All-Star break, it’s worth noting that Beasley is a defensive statistical mess and the Knicks have been outscored by a total of 116 points when he’s been on the floor. He also averages more turnovers than assists, making his complaints about ball movement hypocritical. A 6-9 power forward shouldn’t lead the team in total turnovers – but he’s tied for that dishonor with Jack.
Michael Beasley blames teammates for faltering production, and now Knicks must decide on his future
New York Daily News | Mar 6