With a plethora of NBA stars gaining attention for signing professional deals overseas, former number two overall pick Michael Beasley -- now of the Minnesota Timberwolves -- has been making headlines for playing in high profile pickup games in the greater Washington D.C. area with a handful of other NBA stars and for being surprised at his relatively high ratings in new video games.
Some might attribute Beasley's play in D.C.'s Goodman League as simply a way to stay in shape (and maybe it is), but the Wolves forward's grassroots competition also speaks to his roots, as his father still coaches in prep hoops camps across the country on most weekends.
As you can see in the video above, the elder Michael Beasley's experiences with local talent bring much more mixed results than his son's. After all, it's hard to imagine anyone ignoring the more famous Michael Beasley if he told them to hang up the phone during a game.
The player in question at the end of the bench -- the one who sheepishly told Beasley that he was talking to his pastor -- is a junior guard from Roanoke, Va. named Christopher Wright. It's possible that Wright was talking on the phone because he was disappointed to not be starting in the ScoutsFocus scrimmage.
Of course, it's also possible that Wright just wanted to chat with a female companion, as he later admitted to the videographer capturing the scrimmage. You can hardly blame him for lying about the ear on the other end of the line; after all it's a lot harder for anyone to get mad about a teen speaking with a religious figure than a teen speaking with an undisclosed teenage girl.
Regardless, Wright eventually got on the floor in the scrimmage, though he did so against the elder Beasley's wishes. Michael Beasley Sr. told ScoutsFocus that he had to ask Wright to get off the phone twice before he finally hung up.
Maybe it was Beasley's final line that convinced Wright:
"Ask him if he can help you play defense!"