In addition to Kevin Love dropping out of Team USA training camp, the U.S. will be short another superstar power forward.
Blake Griffin‘s absence at this week’s workouts is due to a small fracture in his back. It is apparently supposed to heal on it’s own before next season, and the doctors have simply asked the Clipper’s big man to rest in advance of NBA training camp this fall.
A back fracture is never good, obviously, but it apparently isn’t quite as serious as it may initially sound. Still, it’s a situation for all NBA fans to monitor as we continue to inch closer to training camp. (Eight weeks to go, but who’s counting?)
Old friend Michael Beasley remains a free agent after hanging around on the Miami Heat roster for all of 2013-14. Super Cool Beas contributed intermittently to the eventual NBA Finals runners-up, but overall played as well as he has since his first stint in South Beach, believe it or not.
He logged a career-high field goal percentage (51.8), along with career-bests in True-Shooting (55.9) and Effective (52.8) Field Goal percentages. Beasley also shot 38.9% from long-range (highest since his rookie year in 2008-09) and 77.2% from the free throw line (highest since 2009-10 in Miami).
It’s no coincidence that Beasley played a career-low 15.1 minutes per game. This helped reign in his massive offensive talent and channel it in the proper direction — short bursts off the bench. He was surprisingly and uncharacteristically efficient in the minutes he played, and was even passable in head coach Erik Spoelstra’s defensive scheme.
All that to say, Beasley was in Los Angeles for an apparent workout with the patchwork Lakers. Yep, Nick “Swaggy P” Young and Super Cool Beas could be a real like thing, coming to an arena near you this fall.
Let’s just say that it’s fair to question whether the work that Spoelstra may have done to help resurrect Beasley’s career could easily be undone if the former #2 overall pick is unleashed to run rampant in Staples Center.
But hey, Beas gon’ Beas, right?