Michael Beasley(notes) is a weird dude. I mean, he's the kind of guy that will grow a gigantic Afro while everyone else is opting for sensible haircuts, then he'll turn that mass of hair into a snakepit of braids. And that's just his hair — he's far more strange as a person. He's been kicked out of high schools, sent to rehab and given himself the nickname "Super Cool Beas," which was then tattooed on his back. Plus, he doesn't know how to wear a hat.
Then there's the marijuana stuff. Beasley kicked off his career by sneaking out of a bust at the NBA's rookie orientation program, then followed that up by having his photograph taken in front of a bag of weed. Not a great start for a guy a lot of people were already concerned was going to be trouble. But don't worry, David Kahn's got it all figured out. Here's what he had to say about the new Timberwolves big man during an ESPN radio interview on Thursday:
"He's a very young and immature kid who smoked too much marijuana and has told me that he's not smoking anymore, and I told him that I would trust him as long as that was the case," Kahn said Thursday during an interview with 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
Oh, good. Problem solved then. Michael Beasley should be back to the form that let him win first-team All-American while playing in college. Very excellent trade for the Timberwolves if that's the case.
However, moving to Minnesota is not going to be the best thing to happen. If, as Kahn said, Beasley really did "[develop] a really good support system around him this past season in Miami," then it might not be the best thing for him to leave that. I'm not a social worker, but that kind of a life change might upset whatever balance Beasley might have achieved.
Then again, if Beasley really has completed his D.A.R.E. training, everything should be daisies and doughnuts. It really is a great program.