Here’s the South Florida Sun Sentinel reporting on Miami Heat free agent forward Michael Beasley:
“I’ve grown,” he said. “Just like you can look back and say I did a lot of things I’m not proud of. Take it in stride, grow up and move on with life. So, I’ve grown. I’m more mature about situations.
“I’m definitely not as social as I used to be. That’s just because of trust issues. Just trust issues. I’m not going to get into all that. But I definitely don’t have as many friends as I used to have. That’s definitely by choice.”
He stressed that he lived alone, “me and the mosquitoes that bite me.”
Now he stands alone, again, for a second consecutive summer. He remains a scorer and a shooter, the league now left to decide whether he still is an NBA player.
A year ago, coach Erik Spoelstra said the mandate was basic for Beasley, “Embrace our culture. Embrace the routine. Embrace the work.”
Of course, what matters most is to be embraced in response.
Three weeks ago, Heat President Pat Riley said Beasley was “still a consideration.”
Instead, No. 8 belongs to another, the Heat seemingly having moved on. Again.