Michael Beasley in ‘Good State of Mind’
He was the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA’s 2008 draft, his talent regarded highly enough that some questioned whether he deserved to be taken ahead of Derrick Rose. Some 4½ years later, Michael Beasley understands the perception of him has changed.
“I know the public sees me as a monster,” Beasley told Yahoo! Sports. “That is what the media paints me as. But I’m me, a monster to some, a nice guy to some, a great father to four, a son, a brother just like everybody. What the media thinks or perceives me as, is not my concern. I’m just doing what I got to do to, first, help the team, second, help myself.
“Five years in, I’m nowhere near where I thought or wanted myself to be. I don’t have anyone to blame that on but myself. All I can do is look forward. On the court, off the court, I’m in a better space, better state of mind – the right track so to speak.”
Beasley knows that if he can eliminate the drama around him, he also can once again change the perception people have of him.
“I’m finally in a good state of mind,” he said. “Now I just got to get this thing on the court rolling.”