Michael Beasley views himself as a scoring machine, constantly touting his points-per-minute averages. He’s also a quote machine. Beasley, the former No. 2 pick who’s had a journeyman career, says the rebuilding Knicks, if Carmelo Anthony stays, will make the playoffs as a “five, six seed’’ because of their scoring potency. Beasley also made an outrageous boast that he still has faith, at age 28, he’ll become an All-Star and “one of the best in the NBA’’ with more playing time. Introduced to the media during a Tuesday press conference in Tarrytown, Beasley said he’s hoping Anthony, who grew up in Baltimore, a stone’s throw from Beasley’s D.C.-area hometown, doesn’t get traded. Las Vegas has put the Knicks’ over-under for wins at 30.5. “Tim Hardaway Jr., Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and myself — those are four guys that can score 25 points per game,’’ Beasley said. “Then you add in Lance Thomas, Kyle O’Quinn, Joakim Noah — let’s not forget about that All-Star. It’s up to us to put it together just like it was up to them last year. Whatever happened last year is what happened. But I’m here now, and I’m going to do everything I can to get everyone on the same page, even if that page is beating me up every day in practice.
Michael Beasley’s confident intro: Knicks will shock NBA
New York Post | Sep 20