Beasley Shines in NBA Summer League Debut

By on July 8, 2008 in

On Sunday in Orlando, Michael Beasley made the case for why he should have been picked number one in the NBA draft. Beasley looked confident on the floor; racking up 29 points and 9 rebounds in just 23 minutes of play.

“It’s just basketball, man. Played it in college, high school and middle school,” Beasley said in a post-game interview. “The same game, same concepts, the same rules. I was just out there having fun.

Beasley did not seem to be bothered by the cracked sternum he suffered Wednesday in a practice session with the Heat.

“I felt like me, man… I don’t play to get injured, and if it happens it just does. I just go and play.”

Number one pick Derrick Rose, on the other hand, seemed a step behind the game. He seemed tentative and slow in his professional debut, with only rare flashes of the speed and athleticism that the Bulls were expecting


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