After Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Michael Beasley was cited for marijuana possession on July 6th, the worldwide web literally blew up with jokes and assumptions alike. He trended on Twitter in the United States and was made fun of so much I swear there would've been jokes about the unknown location of his garden.
One of the most heinous statements I read after these ordeals came from an anonymous (for your own sake, I won't reveal your identity, sir) person on this site: "now that Beasley has concluded his career with the T'Wolves, who will put up with him?" I'll give you one answer—the Minnesota Timberwolves.
That's right, the T'Wolves should keep him. Actually, they should keep him and deal Derrick Williams, but that's a story for another time. The fact that someone assumes his career in 'Snowta has passed is funnier than any Jim Mora press conference spanning from '86 to '01.
Simply put, Michael Beasley's efforts were not appreciated enough during the 2010-11 season, his first campaign in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. His passing and defense were two aspects that doubters love to point to and declare him mediocre.
In actuality, Beas can be a very solid point forward, although he needs to work on his distribution. He was also the second-most efficient defender on the team last season, and if he puts his heart into it, he can be great with his intensity and his on-ball moves.
I've heard comparisons to Carmelo Anthony since the commencing of his career, and there are noticeable traits between the two—the slashing, size, shooting and undeniably awesome cornrows (even though young 'Melo rid himself of those a few years ago).
It's really not a stretch to think that, if the T'Wolves end up dealing Kevin Love (even though real fans know he has said he enjoys Minnesota), Michael Beasley could become the leader of the franchise. Now that's a long way out, but he definitely has the tools.
B-Easy needs to fix his most tragic flaw: his hands. These guys have been linked to every problem he's come across in his short NBA career (they took the picture that had the pot in the background, they then smoked said pot, drove the car that was pulled over in Minnetonka, Minnesota and shoved the face of a fan in New York City into the bleachers).
The fact of the matter remains that the Wolves should keep him. After all, the Wolves have one of the best track records when it comes to the law. Eddie Griffin (may he rest in peace) is the only Pup that has ever done anything remotely considered unlawful (remember, the coach-choker struck in Oakland, not Minneapolis) as a member of the Gopher State's club.
The Wolves can keep him level-headed. Notice how he didn't do a single thing wrong during the 2010-11 season? The answer is simple: Keep him busy.
I wouldn't even consider myself a Beasley fanatic by any means, but at least we've seen what he can do, even in a sidekick role. I go crazier than Casey Anthony when I read that he's considered a bust. In that case, what do we call other second overall picks like Evan Turner or Darko Milicic?
Nineteen points and five rebounds per game is something to be proud of. He's a heck of a lot better than someone that we'd receive in dealing him, unless you like the sound of Luke Walton or Hasheem Thabeet donning the black and blue. I didn't think so, either. I'd rather have crybaby college Adam Morrison than those two ninnies.
Back to the subject at hand. Beasley has the potential to be an All-Star. I feel safe declaring that sentence, even with his legal troubles and considered "mediocre" play. All he needs is a little maturing, and I mean, really, who doesn't?
Hopefully, just hopefully, Michael Beasley has shared his last dance with Mary Jane.
If he has, then I'm ready to move in the right direction in what to do with the Kansas State product. Wolves nation needs him.
Joseph Fafinski is a Featured Columnist for the NBA and the Minnesota Timberwolves. If you enjoyed his ramblings, you'll enjoy more third-person speak on his Twitter @JosephFafinski.