Michael Beasley Punches Himself During Game, Needs Treatment Later

Zach BuckleyNational NBA Featured ColumnistOctober 11, 2013

Admit it. You were a little worried that Michael Beasley's return to the Miami Heat might be painful to watch.

After all, the former No. 2 overall pick in 2008 had been trapped in a downward spiral over the last two seasons. His scoring (10.1) and field-goal percentage (40.5) reached new career lows in 2012-13.

Then, he hit rock bottom this summer—both in the real-world sense (an arrest for suspicion of marijuana possession) and by basketball standards (waived by the lowly Phoenix Suns).

After being tossed a life preserver in the form of a non-guaranteed contract from the Heat, Beasley had the chance to rewrite his basketball story.

Chapter 1 started with his preseason debut in Miami's 112-107 win over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday. And yes, it was painful. But not in the way you might think.

Upset with himself about a fourth-quarter turnover, Beasley punched himself in the head as he walked back down the court. These weren't soft blows, either—not by a long shot.

According to Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald, the punches were so hard that he needed medical treatment after the game. The Heat's trainer applied steel compresses—the same things cut doctors use on battered boxers—to Beasley's head after the game.

Now there's beating yourself up and then whatever you'd call this. What's more puzzling is that he was actually having a good game up to that point.

Beasley had nine points, two rebounds and a block in just over nine minutes of action. He wreaked havoc in the open court, hit the floor for loose balls and scored from the offensive post.

It wasn't a perfect performance, but Beasley told Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel that he gave himself a "B-minus, C-plus."

That assessment is even more cause for concern. What happens when Beasley brings his "D or F" game to the hardwood?

Because his NBA resume (10.8 player efficiency rating in 2012-13) says those nights are unavoidable.