Michael Beasley: Ballet Lessons Do Nothing To Alter Bad-Boy Image

Eric BallFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2011

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Michael Beasley, basketball player, pot smoker and…ballet dancer?

The Minnesota Timberwolves forward has been playing in pickup leagues across the world as he waits out the lockout like everyone else. Now his main focus is on improving an image that, quite frankly, is incredibly horrible.

He has decided to hire a PR firm that will re-shape his image. Check out the statement from the firm:

He has also taken up ballet to transform his body and hired a public- relations agency to improve his image.

“I want everyone to know that I’m not this monster that they perceive,” he said. “I’m a really nice guy….”

He has played with childhood pal Durant and Wall in exhibition games across the country and also has incorporated elements of yoga, karate and, yes, ballet into summer workouts intended to make his body stronger, more limber and help ensure a long, productive career.

Ballet to transform your body eh?

That’s a new one for me.

I’m not sure if he’s trying to show people the softer side, or really thinks prancing around can alter his body but either way I’m not buying it.

With his track record, you might as well embrace the bad-boy image. What’s the point in hiding it?

I’m not calling Beasley a menace or a bad boy on the same level of Dennis Rodman, but in the day and age of squeaky-clean images—Beasley sticks out like an albino in Phoenix.

Street ball fights and getting busted for weed sounds like the rap sheet of most 22-year-old kids.

He simply wasn’t mature enough for life in the NBA, and his supreme talent has taken a hit because of it. The No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft, Beasley quickly played his way out of Miami because of immaturity and the unwillingness to listen.

Last season with the T-Wolves, he was a top-five scorer in the league after the first month. Then he began to stop playing hard every night and the massive amounts of shots being hoisted didn’t equate to points. He ended up being one of the least efficient players in the league because of it.

Now he has turned to ballet.

Instead of twirling around in a tutu trying to find himself, what he really needs to do is simple:

Listen to his coaches and bring it every night.

That’s something not even the best P.R. firm can control. It’s all on Beasley.

Having said that, footage of Beasley’s ballet endeavors would be gut-bustlingly hilarious. 


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