Sunday, February 14, 2010
Making CENTS Of This Beasley Mess..
So, here we are again. Another episode of "All My Beasley's". In one corner, u have fans who see the potential and note the production. In another corner, you have fans that want instant results, and denounce the production. Then you have Ira who insists the Heat would trade Beasley for so much a Brooks Lopez, and you have fans who would welcome an injury prone malcontent (Stoudamire), whos 28 and would be either the highest paid player on your team, yes more than Wade, or just as soon be gone in free agency, leaving us with nothing. So what gives?
This is the cold hard truth on the Beasley situation. Money is the first issue. The heat are trying so hard to get under the tax, theres actually interest in getting rid of one of the best rotation players,Wright, whos pretty cheap by the way, for nothing more than tax space. What happend to that spat about Riley wanting Wade's signature and Wade wanting a promise the Heat was trying to win? Have we truly become the Clippers East? The Marlins of the NBA? When did being cheap trump winning? Anyway, how does this relate to Beasley? Ira says that possibly moving Beasley is of interest simply because the Heat would be off the books for the remainder of his deal. Off the books? A guy thats around 17 and 7 making 5 mill a year is a salary burden I suppose.
The second issue becomes building a winner, which should always be first and foremost. Wade wants to win again. He has tasted success and wants more of it. Thats fair. He also has said he will not let this season determine his long term status with the heat. Isnt that what u want from your leader? Patience and understanding? Him being real with himself and this team and not pulling a Kobe Bryant, whom for some odd reason so many bloggers want him to emulate, should be all u can ask for. He has given that. So y the bum's rush with Beasley? Riley himself said nobody is walking around on eggshells for Dwade, and thats the way it should be. F*ck Dwade, Beasley, Spoelstra, and anybody else who would dare think they come before the organization. This franchise will be here long after they are gone.But maybe we are all jumping to conclusions about the Heat rushing Beasley out. I mean how many Pat Riley deals has anyone ever seen coming before hand?
The third issue goes back to winning. Can the heat win with Beasley? My question is why in the hell not? I hate when ppl say "hes not a championship player". Thats the dumbest statement in the world. Nobody is a championship player until they win a championship. Now saying if a guy can be a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd option is a little different. Beasley is a scorer, an absurdly good one at that. The problem here is we dont believe in offense and dont know how to use him, or anybody else for that matter. The guy can score and score in bunches and in different ways. The problem for most Beasley detractors is the way he scores. Everyone is upset cause he doesnt have a post game. Thats senseless. First off, the easiest skill scoring wise to develop is probably a post game. It takes no real talent, u arent born with a post game. The majority of post play is all fundamental moves. The best players have a natural feel for it like Shaq or Hakeem. Not that Shaq had a wide variety, but nobody had a better feel for the low post. Even guys without the feel for it, if they work on it, they become Alonzo Mourning. To a greater extent Tim Duncan. All fundamental and basic big man moves that they have perfected. There was nothing at all smooth or pretty about Zo in the low post but he sure was damn effective, one of the few centers u will ever see who can hook consistently with both hands. Boozer has a great feel down low and is very similar to Beasley in stature. What gives anybody the idea Beasley cant match that? He can get stronger, hes more agile, has better touch, bigger threat outside of the paint, and has more hops. Maybe if they didnt waste a summer trying to slim him into a position he cant play, we would see a developing post game. I recall everybody hyping up Speights over Beasley last year in stretches. Fans get caught up with watching espn and seeing them block shots, snag rebounds, and dunking. Guys like that, once you put a body on them night in and night out, they are useless until they figure out other skills, Beasley wont have that problem, Griffin just might. He has to add an away from the basket game, otherwise he will blow his knee out every year. How far along Beasley is in his development, at least offensively, is ridiculous for a 2nd year pf at 20-21. Detractors dont notice because hes not dunking every time he touches the ball.
Last but not least, cohesiveness and trust. The 2 most glaring issues. You cant trust a guy if you dont let him earn that trust. He has to be put out more often to sink or swim. This becomes an issue with the men in charge. You had 2 years to waste basically making Beasley a better player and letting him fight thru the rough patches...you didnt take the opportunity. So what happens when we go into year 3? More unanswered questions and that is just assbackwards. As far as cohesiveness goes, well, back to the men in charge again. Them being on the same page is all on the coach. Run a game plan that works to everyone's strengths, something we dont seem to know how to do. About all this stuff about who likes playing with who, f*ck all that. They are professionals, go out there, win, and nobody would give a f*ck.Jordan won 6 titles with 2 guys he didnt want in Pippen and Kukoc, Kobe and Shaq won 3 titles hating each other and I dont get the sense anybody on this team despises each other near as much. Everyone knows my stance is to replace the Sporon in charge with somebody who knows how to coach offense, sub correctly, and doesnt have a hard on for charges. Somebody who doesnt have an issue working with young players. You do that, and all is well. Theres just not a person who can convince me that Beasley is the problem going forward.
The bottom line for me is this.......Aside from what JB said about the Heat not knowing how to use him or whatever, you cant make sense of trading away a guy who has an undersized rookie put up 16 and 6, as a non starter, that only makes 5 mill or so for the next 3 years. JB has the only argument that makes any sense for trading him. Even if you go after Amare or whoever in the offseason, y in the hell would u not add them and just make Beasley your 6th man for a year. then trade him the next year? In a world where dollars and cents rule supreme, cheap and underpaid labor makes the most sense(cents as well). There is no addition by subtraction in this case, we are not an Amare or Bosh away from contending. These other teams are not running a 2 man game anymore, those days are gone. You also dont spend or trade for the sake of just doing "something". So what if the PF market is the deepest market in the offseason, thats dumb to go after one when you already have one, knowing you have 3 other positions on the floor that are weaker. You dont fix something thats not broken, you upgrade the things around it.