According to Minnesota Timberwolves beat writer, Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune, Michael Beasley says he’s ready to emerge as the leader that the team needs. According to Zgoda, Beasley said one step to becoming that leader is becoming more active in the community where he plays, and thus Friday night’s game.
Some quotes from Zgoda’s article:
“I feel like we need a leader,” Beasley said. “We’ve got a young talented group and all we need is the right coach and the right floor general…
“I want to be, I think I can be that guy.”
Beasley is outgoing enough to be a vocal leader. But, one thing that comes along with being a leader is setting an example for the other guys. I think on the basketball side of things, Beasley does very well in terms of being very enthusiastic about the game. He needs to understand his actions off the court are what’s also going to give him credibility. His offseason marijuana arrest, and the incident where he shoved the fan in the face at Rucker Park are not what the Timberwolves brilliant leadership brass have in mind.
The Timberwolves need to consider these types of actions when thinking about keeping him around for the long term. I personally believe the team would be best off trading Beasley and giving his playing time to first round draft pick Derrick Williams. Beasley has potential to be the dynamic offensive force that the Timberwolves need, but Williams may have even more potential. And Williams doesn’t come with the off the court baggage. Only time will tell what the future holds for Beasley, but I can see him getting frustrated if things don’t go his way. We’ll see how well he “leads” the team
if that happens.