By Ralph Hipp
Michael Beasley got a little airtime on ESPN Radio Monday on the Scott van Pelt Show.. (where is Scott van Pelt by the way? It's usually someone else who's doing the show for him..) Host Ryan Frasillo talked about former Wildcat Michael Beasley on the program yesterday, describing how the Miami Heat sophomore is urging Jacob Pullen to stay at Kansas State for his senior year, and play, then graduate; then shop himself around to the NBA.
Michael is apparently very distressed about pulling a "one and done" with K-State and going for the millions too early. Beasley said he would have liked to have stayed for the duration with Frank Martin. ESPN's commentators reported Beasley is criticizing the pro system, where "it's all business.. they don't care about you." ESPN's response to Michael: "it's you.. it's not the system."
Is it realistic for a 19 year old who's come from an incredibly tough background to jump to the NBA after choosing a college that'll have him for a year, then expect the NBA to drool all over him once he gets there? Not sure about those "hoop dreams" now.. Michael is finding out that the Heat is already shopping him around to fill another team's salary cap space. Maybe they don't care about him after all.
Then there's the K-State experience he gave up. He would have gone to the Elite Eight right along with Pullen, Denis Clemente and the fab wildcats. There's no other way to feel that excitement of an NCAA tournament run, not in the NBA and probably not out there in real life, either. Would the 'Cats have gone to the Final Four with Michael? Would they have exited earlier if Michael regretted his decision not to go pro, and maybe not have given us his all? I'd like to open the basketball floor for your comments; on where Michael is now, and where he could have been. In Manhattan with us. RH