HEAT’s Winning Culture to Influence Beasley?
Michael Beasley exited a side door at the practice court shortly after Sunday’s practice at AmericanAirlines Arena.
He returned from the executive suite and coaching offices a few minutes later smiling.
“Only this time,” he said, “I’m not in trouble. I used to be in trouble when I went in there.”
For Beasley, everything is new during this second tour with the Miami Heat. Unlike during his initial two-year stint that ended in the 2010 offseason, he returns as a complementary player, one on a short leash, without a contract guarantee.
“It’s not going to be easy to beat those guys out,” he said, mentioning Shane Battier, Rashard Lewis and Chris Andersen among those he’s competing with for playing time.
“When we had him as a young player, we were trying to teach him our system, our culture, but also teach him NBA situations,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “When you play five, six years in the league, those situations now are more familiar. We’re simply fast-tracking him on how we do things.”
Part of that fast-tracking is ingraining the versatile forward into the Heat culture, an approach that didn’t quite take during that initial two-season stint.
“It’s the way they live, the way they play,” Beasley said. “It’s doing things the right way. It’s doing things in good faith and doing the work hard.”