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michael beasley put on weight to play power forward for knicks


normally players lose weight during the season, a natural consequence of the nonstop cardio. michael beasley gained 30 pounds. following another scoring outburst from the 28-year-old, beasley said that he had to scrap his offseason diet in order to adjust to different demands. he came into camp looking lean at a career-low 215 pounds, but that was before the knicks asked him to play power forward. "(the weight loss) actually hurt me. i can be 215-220 pounds playing (small forward)," beasley said. "playing the four is a different story. i definitely had to put more weight on."michael beasley put on weight to accommodate a position change.(seth wenig/ap) whatever his weight, beasley impressed monday night during new york's 119-104 victory over the nets. he only logg...






the discovery that led to michael beasley’s knicks breakout


charlotte, n.c. — with michael beasley’s december rejuvenation, knicks coach jeff hornacek has discovered he’s more “comfortable’’ playing power forward than small forward.beasley started for the second straight game monday at power forward in place of the injured kristaps porzingis and scored a team-high 23 points in a 109-91 loss to the hornets. on saturday, without porzingis, the 6-foot-9 southpaw posted his best game as a knick by far — scoring 30 points with four assists and five rebounds. he dominated carmelo anthony, even blocking one of his driving shots.after not having beasley as a permanent rotation piece because he was turnover-prone and unreliable on defense, hornacek talks now about how much he trusts his game. beasley, who had a flaky reputation, is making the ...






michael beasley explodes for 32 as knicks stun celtics


the festive garden crowd chanted “m-v-p’’ when the knicks’ gangly power forward stepped to the free-throw line during his second-half rampage.the serenade, however, was for michael beasley — not the 0-for-11 shooting kristaps porzingis.up was down and down was up thursday at the garden. beasley continued his stunning rampage, coming off the bench for a season-high 32 points — 27 in the second half — to repel the mighty celtics in a resounding statement and 102-93 triumph.“it felt awesome,” beasley said. “i think the mvp chants were for kp.”spinning and driving and hitting pull-ups, the lefty beasley shot a sizzling 13-of-20 from the field as the knicks moved to 17-14. the previous time beasley was on the garden floor, starting for the injured porzingis last saturday, ...






michael beasley can’t get buckets if he’s stuck on the bench


michael beasley is no longer in a swaggering state of braggadocio, no longer talking about himself as “a walking bucket.’’the knicks forward has seen too much time on the pine. the free-agent signee has failed to get consistent minutes in jeff hornacek’s rotation.“i think everybody wishes they played more — except the guys playing 45 minutes a night,’’ beasley told the post after the knicks’ 107-84 debacle friday in toronto. “but i’m not here to say what i need or want personally. whatever the team needs. if they need me to play 40 minutes, i’ll play it. if they want me to clap on the bench, i’ll do it.”hornacek tabbed beasley to play the entire fourth quarter in toronto, looking for an offensive spark with kristaps porzingis out of rhythm. beasley provided it, ...






michael beasley becoming a stabilizing force for knicks


no one would confuse kristaps porzingis with michael beasley. if porzingis is a unicorn, beasley is some more bizarre creature, materializing at odd times in the mythical forest.but when the knicks have been without porzingis twice this season, and a de facto third time wednesday night when porzingis exited after 2:30 because of an ankle injury, they have turned to beasley. the former no. 2 overall pick playing on a one-year, prove-it deal responded with six points, seven rebounds and a plus-16 while stabilizing the knicks early in an eventual 115-86 rout of the heat at the garden. beasley’s minutes — whether he plays at all, in fact, having received six dnps — typically have come in a seesaw with lance thomas, the roster’s other journeyman forward. beasley is seen as the instant o...






knicks forward michael beasley calls stephen a. smith a liar


michael beasley took strong exception to stephen a. smith for bringing up his past issues with marijuana, and fired back at the espn host by calling him "a liar" who has created tales about relationships with players. explaining that he cleaned up his act five years ago for the sake of his daughter, beasley said smith was continuing an unfair narrative by saying on the radio that the knicks forward is "smoking something." smith's point - which he hammered home by saying the league needs to test beasley for weed -- was in response to beasley's comment two days earlier about himself and three other knicks being capable of scoring 25 points apiece. on a podcast with slam magazine, beasley not only said smith misinterpreted the quote (apparently he meant four players could s...






knicks forward michael beasley calls stephen a. smith a liar


michael beasley took strong exception to stephen a. smith for bringing up his past issues with marijuana, and fired back at the espn host by calling him "a liar" who has created tales about relationships with players. explaining that he cleaned up his act five years ago for the sake of his daughter, beasley said smith was continuing an unfair narrative by saying on the radio that the knicks forward is "smoking something." smith's point - which he hammered home by saying the league needs to test beasley for weed -- was in response to beasley's comment two days earlier about himself and three other knicks being capable of scoring 25 points apiece. on a podcast with slam magazine, beasley not only said smith misinterpreted the quote (apparently he meant four players could s...






michael beasley will always be a scorer, and the knicks are finally using him ri


what did madison square garden mean when it chanted ‘mvp’ in unison while michael beasley stood at the free-throw line? do you think it was just acknowledging that this is a man who was given the 2016 chinese basketball association most valuable player award? i believe it was more sincere — michael beasley is the best basketball player this season, the garden was saying, and he should be acknowledged as such.when did beasley become that? it’s a good question, but there’s fortunately an answer. it probably happened on thursday night, moments after being asked when beasley realized he had the hot hand and when beasley replied with his birthday:yes, absolutely, congratulations to the knicks. beasley can win the mvp now.to take a turn toward seriousness, beasley has quickly become a ...






delighted knicks fans chant ‘m-v-p!’ for … michael beasley?


michael beasley and knicks fans celebrate after he scores against the celtics. (ap photo/andres kudacki)as if taking on the boston celtics, the eastern conference’s top team, weren’t enough of a challenge thursday, the new york knicks got arguably the worst game of kristaps porzingis’s career, as new york’s star player scored just one point and missed all 11 of his shots from the field. nevertheless, the knicks emerged from madison square garden with a 102-93 win.how was that possible? largely because of the efforts of michael beasley.sorry, make that “mvp” michael beasley.that’s according to fans at the garden, who helped created one of the nba season’s more improbable scenes thus far, when they loudly chanted “m-v-p! m-v-p!” as beasley was at the free throw line in...






michael beasley turns ankle after appearing to taunt heat bench


miami – michael beasley seemed on the verge of capping his revenge game with a victory. then he celebrated a little too quickly. just 30 seconds into ot, the knicks forward nailed a floater and appeared to glare at the heat bench as if to taunt his former team. while doing so, beasley backpedaled onto the foot of miami’s wayne ellington and turned his ankle. beasley hobbled to the locker room and the knicks never recovered, losing friday in ot, 107-103. beasley, who scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and ot, said he didn’t remember if he was staring at the heat bench just before his injury. “i don’t know,” he said. “i doubt it.” there was certainly extra motivation to stick it to miami. before the game, beasley – who was drafted in miami...






michael beasley clears the air with ex-coach after losing to him


miami — heat coach erik spoelstra, who has coached michael beasley three separate times, seemed surprised the surging knicks forward threw a little shade in his direction.“yeah, geez beas, you threw me under the bus, man,” spoelstra said.after the knicks’ 107-103 overtime loss, in which beasley scored 20 points in 23 minutes but also was injured after appearing to taunt the miami bench, he and spoelstra met on the court for a few words. spoelstra was trying to clear the air.beasley had three stints with miami, including his first two years after getting drafted no. 2 by pat riley.asked if he was surprised by beasley’s comment, spoelstra said: “no, it’s all good. i probably was crazy the first couple of years. i probably still am crazy.”beasley told the post on wednesday: ??...






michael beasley’s third-quarter flurry douses threatening suns


michael beasley always has had the reputation of being able to put up points in bunches.on friday night during the knicks’ 120-107 wipeout of the suns at the garden, beasley more than lived up to his rep.in the final 1:04 of the third quarter, beasley scored three straight baskets, all within spitting distance of the rim. then he opened the knicks’ fourth-quarter scoring with a three-point play at 11:29. so, he had nine points in 1:45.if that’s not points in a bunch, what is?“fun, i guess,” beasley said when asked to describe the outburst that led to his 11 points in 17 minutes, his first double-digit scoring game as a knick. “normal at this point. but really just doing what the team needs tonight. it was just me scoring a little bit.”but for a guy who has been trying to earn...






beasley flops late, porzingis struggles as knicks fall in ot


miami — only michael beasley could go from potential hero to an embarrassing exit to the locker room when the knicks needed him most.in his return to americanairlines arena, beasley kept his offensive tear going and was carrying the knicks when suddenly he had to limp off with 20 points and with 4:20 left in overtime.he didn’t return until the knicks trailed by two with 20 seconds left. he passed to jarrett jack for a 10-footer that missed, sealing the heat’s wild 107-103 victory.after doug mcdermott forced overtime with a last-second 3-pointer, beasley put the knicks in front by two with 4:20 left in the extra session. but beasley did what beasley does. as he backpedaled past the heat bench, taunting them, he tripped over wayne ellington’s feet and went down hard — injuring his ...






michael beasley outdueled idol carmelo anthony on huge night


michael beasley welcomed the challenge of going against his idol, carmelo anthony. he said he grew up watching anthony and was intrigued by his moves.so saturday in a starting role for the knicks against anthony and the thunder, beasley got a chance to go one-on-one with one of his heroes.“for me, it’s fun,” beasley said. “this game man, you’ve got to beat the best to be the best. he’s one of the best of our era.”well, saturday at the garden, in a the aftermath of a three-overtime game friday in philadelphia, anthony and the thunder eventually wilted and hardly looked like the best. beasley, with the knicks’ offense sorely lacking through the absences of kristaps porzingis and tim hardaway jr., arose and scored a season high-tying 30 points as the knicks made it four straig...






michael beasley attempts to blow minds with bizarre brain theory


michael beasley has been making headlines before the nba season with his thoughts, but his latest conversation about brain power might've been a brain fart. beasley joined sny's taylor rooks for her “timeout with taylor rooks” podcast tuesday morning to discuss how the public views him, among other things. to get an idea of what people think of beasley, stephen a. smith recently attacked him on the radio saying the league needs to test beasley for marijuana. the new knicks forward told rooks that the air had been cleared between him and smith this morning. but the unusual conversation on the podcast eventually spiraled into a debate about race relations and — somehow — brain utilization. "it says that we are only capable of using 10 percent of our brain," beasl...






doug mcdermott is proof the knicks are becoming one


michael beasley was on his way to his second 30-point night of the season for the knicks. virtually everything he tossed up went in — inside, outside, from deep. midway through the fourth quarter saturday, the thunder were teetering, fatigued from the three overtimes they played the previous night in philadelphia. beasley had an open 3 on the right side.so naturally beasley, who was 2-of-2 on 3s already, passed to doug mcdermott.“in his mind,” coach jeff hornacek said of beasley, “he’s going, ‘if i get that ball to doug, it’s automatic.’”and it was. mcdermott delivered a killer corner 3 that put the knicks ahead 13 points with 6:03 left. and mcdermott has been delivering like that more and more just when the knicks need it more and more to cover the offensive loss felt th...






michael beasley got ‘mvp’ chants after scoring 32 points vs. celtics


michael beasley has already been an mvp — he was awarded the chinese basketball league most valuable player in 2016, thank you very much. on thursday, new york knicks fans also showered him with mvp chants, and we think that they actually meant the nba version of the award.either way, they were deserved — beasley is playing sensational basketball in december. after averaging 7.1 points in the season’s first two months, beasley is averaging 17.1 points per game in december. of course, in thursday’s game, he dropped 32.it came on shots like this.and this.you know his knicks teammates appreciated it.new york has a superstar, and his name is michael beasley. congrats to everyone involved.






michael beasley: ‘talent-wise, i match up with [durant], lebron'


if michael beasley is even half as good as he says he is, the knicks will be hoisting the larry o'brien championship trophy this june. the boisterous knicks forward may be on his fourth nba team in three years (in addition to two stints in the chinese basketball association), but beasley said the idea of him being a journeyman backup is simply "perception" and he's actually as talented as any basketball player on the planet. "[it's] mostly perception," beasley told bleacher report on why he hasn't developed into a star player. "as far as talent-wise, i match up with kevin [durant], lebron, i match up with the best guys in the world." while lebron and durant have each won at least one championship and mvp award, beasley sports a career average of 12.6 points per g...






new knick feuding with stephen a. smith over weed accusation


just days after michael beasley said if the knicks keep fading star carmelo anthony, they can comfortably make the playoffs with “four” players who can score 25 points per game, espn beef-stirrer stephen a. smith dissected beasley’s overly optimistic comments by suggesting beasley is smoking weed again.see alsomichael beasley's confident intro: knicks will shock nba michael beasley views himself as a scoring machine, constantly touting... “evidently, he’s smokin’ something,” smith chimed on his espn radio show. “did you hear what he has to say, ladies and gentlemen? the man went on the record and said that he believes that the new york knicks have four 25 points-per-game scorers. four. who dat? who are these people? who? cause i don’t see them? i don’t know wh...






michael beasley stepping up as knicks deal with injuries to stars


michael beasley didn't even get off the bench in six of the knicks' first 18 games, biding his time and awaiting an opportunity to showcase this ability to pump in points in bunches that he displayed again on saturday night. the talented forward has proven his value as a viable offensive option — especially amid injuries to leading scorers kristaps porzingis and tim hardaway jr. — netting 30 points for the second time this season to spoil carmelo anthony's homecoming in saturday's victory over oklahoma city at the garden. "it just shows the resiliency, the perseverance of this team. it shows you that we've got a lot of guys who can step up and fill the void if needed — me being one of them," beasley said after the knicks' fourth straight win to improve to 16-13. ...






michael beasley stepping up as knicks deal with injuries to stars


michael beasley didn’t even get off the bench in six of the knicks’ first 18 games, biding his time and awaiting an opportunity to showcase this ability to pump in points in bunches, which he displayed again on saturday night. the talented forward has proven his value as an offensive option — especially amid injuries to leading scorers kristaps porzingis and tim hardaway jr.— netting 30 points for the second time this season to spoil carmelo anthony’s homecoming in saturday’s victory over oklahoma city at the garden. “it just shows the resiliency, the perseverance of this team. it shows you that we’ve got a lot of guys who can step up and fill the void if needed — me being one of them,” beasley said after the knicks’ fourth straight victory improved their...






no foul trouble, no problem in beasley’s big finish


in his previous game, michael beasley received a standing ovation from the garden crowd.for fouling out in 9:49, which really takes some doing.but tuesday, beasley had the garden crowd in a frenzy because of what he did when the game mattered most. and that was not just staying on the court.“i guess it decides on who’s reffing,” beasley said. “i‘m gonna play the game i’ve been playing. i’m gonna be aggressive on both sides, try to bring energy. try to do what the team asks, what the team needs and live with the results.”well, the knicks lived because beasley was aggressive — so much so that he scored 12 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and overtime as the knicks defeated the lakers, 113-109, before a raucous garden crowd of 19,359.“he was on the attack,” coach j...






michael beasley drops season-high 32 points as knicks top celtics


michael beasley has labeled himself many outrageous things. among them: “a walking bucket,” “your favorite player’s favorite player,” and (paraphrased), “just as talented as lebron.” at least for one unpredictable night thursday, beasley was underselling himself. with kristaps porzingis struggling through his worst game in his nba career and riding the bench for the final 17-plus minutes, beasley, the can’t-miss-prospect turned enigmatic journeyman, carried the knicks to a 102-93 win over the east-leading celtics. beasley even earned “mvp” chants while scoring 28 of his 32 points in the second half. asked when he started feeling the hot hand, the 28-year-old said from birth. “jan. 9, 1989,” he said. “as humbly as i can say it i just feel like ...






michael beasley’s fate is sealed, and he knows it


minneapolis — michael beasley apparently couldn’t score enough buckets to ensure a permanent spot in the rotation once tim hardaway jr. is back to full minutes.hardaway is questionable for the knicks’ game friday against the timberwolves, but will play limited minutes if he does. hornacek said once hardaway is back fully, beasley will go back to his sporadic playing time, sharing the backup forward role in a platoon with defensive specialist lance thomas.beasley, whose teammates now call him “wb,” short for his self-proclaimed moniker “walking bucket,” sounded resigned to knowing things will change.he’s been an offensive monster in hardaway’s absence as he returned friday to his old workplace at target center. minnesota was the second stop on his rocky journey, which has ...






michael beasley drops season-high 32 points as knicks top celtics


michael beasley has labeled himself many things. among them: "a walking bucket," "your favorite player's favorite player," and (paraphrased), "just as talented as lebron." at least for one unpredictable night thursday, beasley lived up to his own hype. with kristaps porzingis struggling through his worst game in the nba and riding the bench for the final 17-plus minutes, beasley took over and carried the knicks to a 102-93 win over the east-leading celtics. beasley, the enigmatic journeyman, earned "mvp" chants while scoring 32 points - including 28 in the second half - in his greatest garden moment. porzingis returned from a two-game absence because of a sore knee and was dreadful, finishing with one point while missing all 11 of his field goal attempts. ...






michael beasley couldn’t coax knicks out of poor shooting night


you barely break 90 points. you just nudge over 40 percent shooting for the game. you normally don’t have anyone to be considered an offensive standout.but the .402-shooting, 100-91-losing knicks in their effort tuesday against the spurs at the garden, actually received a strong offensive game from michael beasley. again.“you can call it aggressive or whatever, i just take what the game gives,” said beasley, who scored a team-high 18 points — while grabbing a team-best nine rebounds — in 26 minutes. “i don’t force too much. it might look like it sometimes but i don’t force too many things or try to take too many bad shots. i just literally do what the defense tells me to do.”so he led the knicks in scoring for the seventh time and led them in rebounding for the fifth time...






hornacek has assembled coach of the year-worthy start for knicks


charlotte — the knicks are nba misfits. nobody wanted their starting point guard. jarrett jack couldn't get a guaranteed contract. michael beasley is on his sixth team in six years, lugging with him a history of marijuana incidents and distracted play. enes kanter and doug mcdermott were such a liability on defense it canceled out their production on offense. courtney lee? just a role player.kristaps porzingis a game-time decision for knicks-hornets frank ntilikina? a mistake. kyle o'quinn? trade bait. tim hardaway jr.? an inexplicable signing. ron baker? ditto.michael beasley stepping up as knicks deal with injuries to starsjeff hornacek has allowed the knicks to reap the benefits of a post-triangle franchise.(abbie parr/getty images) yet this is t...






celtics swarm porzingis so beasley plays hero for knicks


if the world really is flat like a basketball court, as kyrie irving claims it is, then the smart money says that michael beasley can score from anywhere on the planet. and the boston celtics still wouldn’t double team him. the celtics managed to outsmart themselves on thursday by defending kristaps porzingis so well that the unicorn was benched in favor of the one player, beasley, boston couldn’t stop. “he’s a great individual scorer,” celtics coach brad stevens said after the knicks’ 102-93 win. “that’s what he does.” beasley, the born scorer turned nba journeyman, not only stole the show but he rescued the knicks and had the crowd actually chanting “m-v-p.” (that chant has officially jumped the shark.) “he made the difference,” irving s...






michael beasley gave the celtics buckets for christmas


on the seventh day of knicksmas, michael beasley gave to me 32 points, 12 rebounds, and a sweet mfing victorybeasus is on one. the mercurial scorer had his second 30-point game in a week for the knicks. he led new york to a 102-93 win over the celtics on tnt, helping the knicks survive despite a shocking 0-11 shooting night for kristaps porzingis.the dirty little secret is that supercoolbeas was a useful, valued member of the bucks last season. his move to new york had the potential to implode because, well, it's new york and it's michael beasley. but to his credit, he's embraced his role, played it straight (outside of media appearances, where he's been like kyrie irving on acid), and stayed off tmz. he's basically taken the j.r. smith mantle both on the court and in the lore.the kni...






michael beasley explains why he is ‘unguardable’ of late


detroit – it is a left-handed compliment to michael beasley to suggest that his scoring touch has been so proficient. the knicks’ reserve forward erupted for two performances of at least 30 points in the team’s previous three games, but the streaky lefty shooter claims that he actually is among a handful of ambidextrous players in the nba. “i don’t do everything with my right hand off the floor, but i do a lot of things with my right hand,” beasley said before friday’s 104-101 loss to the pistons. “i write neater with my right hand. “but i honestly don’t think about it until it’s time to use it. i only use my right hand when i’m in trouble. i guess it’s an advantage, but i’m not the only one. lebron james is left-handed (off the court). russell ...






michael beasley explains why he is ‘unguardable’ of late


detroit – it is a left-handed compliment to michael beasley to suggest that his scoring touch has been so proficient. the knicks’ reserve forward erupted for two performances of at least 30 points in the team’s previous three games, but the streaky lefty shooter claims that he actually is among a handful of ambidextrous players in the nba. “i don’t do everything with my right hand off the floor, but i do a lot of things with my right hand,” beasley said before friday’s 104-101 loss to the pistons. “i write neater with my right hand. “but i honestly don’t think about it until it’s time to use it. i only use my right hand when i’m in trouble. i guess it’s an advantage, but i’m not the only one. lebron james is left-handed (off the court). russell ...






the knicks are missing their ‘angry grandpa’


new orleans — it took a while, but the sliding knicks now feel tim hardaway jr.’s extended absence full bore.michael beasley calls hardaway “angry grandpa,” and the knicks miss his spirited oncourt fight — as well as his scoring. it has been almost four weeks since he was diagnosed with a stress reaction (at least) in his left leg. he probably won’t return until mid-january at the earliest. by then, the knicks could have dug themselves a hole.“i don’t think it didn’t show — as soon as he went down,” beasley said of the knicks coping early on without their big free-agent signing. “every win became a tough win. we were fortunate to get a lot of wins since he’s been gone. great shooter, great playmaker, great energy. his vibe, his encouragement is well needed. we sti...






kristaps porzingis’ woes lead to career night for michael beasley


if the world really is flat like a basketball court, as kyrie irving claims it is, then the smart money says that michael beasley can score from anywhere on the planet. and the boston celtics still wouldn’t double team him. the celtics managed to outsmart themselves on thursday by defending kristaps porzingis so well that the unicorn was benched in favor of the one player, beasley, boston couldn’t stop. “he’s a great individual scorer,” celtics coach brad stevens said after the knicks’ 102-93 win. “that’s what he does.” beasley, the born scorer turned nba journeyman, not only stole the show but he rescued the knicks and had the crowd actually chanting “m-v-p.” (that chant has officially jumped the shark.) “he made the difference,” irving s...