Beasley in Rehab

In case you don't know the story yet, read this first: http://www.wibw.com/sports/headlines/54560607.html

Okay, now my reaction.

I'm not terribly surprised, but I feel bad for B-Easy.  Ever since he was 15 (or probably even younger), he's been placed on a pedestal.  He was better than everybody else on the court, and didn't have to put much work into it.  When he came to Kansas State, he wasn't just the big man on campus... he was the BIGGEST man.  The guy was like a god to the students, and pretty much did what he wanted to.  Media attention for him was bonkers.  Between the local media who talked to him weekly, to the national media who talked to him nearly as often, Michael Beasley was IT!

Fast forward a year and a half.  Life's not quite as easy, at least the basketball part.  He has more money than, I'm guessing, everybody in his family's history combined.  But after dominating a sport for his entire life, he became a role player.  Beasley played in Dwayne Wade's shadow, and was arguably the 2nd best rookie on his team (Mario Chalmers had a great rookie season).  I can understand how the guy's had trouble adjusting.  Add in a silly post on twitter that blew up like a bomb in his face, and you've got the recipe for problems.

I'm just happy that he's gotten himself some help.  With all of the celebrity, fame, and money that comes with being a pro athlete (especially in Miami), it'd be easy to get eaten up by demons.  Yes, he's an adult, and has to take responsibility for his own actions, some of which have been stupid.  Nevertheless, here's hoping that the rehab works, and Michael has a great 2nd year in the league. 

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