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Beasley was a one-time high school phenom who had a monstrous year at Kansas State before entering the draft. The talent hasn't gone anywhere, but in two stops at Miami and Minnesota, Beasley has dealt with an amalgam of injuries, behavior issues and getting buried on the depth chart.
Still, the excitement for a player with Beasley's skill-set is palpable. Chris Broussard is confident the Lakers can handle the mercurial forward. The Lakers' fan base is unsurprisingly divided, yet there are still plenty of LA faithful who feel that Beasley would be a welcome addition to a stale bench per this Lakers blog.
There's no way around seeing that the Lakers are in need of a little new blood. The current torrent of trade rumors surrounding Pau Gasol certainly isn't helping things in the Lakers' clubhouse. LA knows what success tastes like and with Kobe Bryant still running the show, don't expect a championship mentality to disappear.
Imagine Beasley feeding off that energy.
While point guard is certainly an issue that the Lakers' front office needs to address, Michael Beasley could sneakily surprise a lot of people amongst the Lakers faithful.
If you're amongst the majority of fans that miss Lamar Odom's absence at every turn, Beasley could be just the guy to cure your woes.