Former New York Knick Michael Beasley’s latest social media post is a stark reminder of how painful life can be off the court.
Earlier this season, Beasley’s mother, Fatima Smith, passed away after battling cancer. Prior to her death, Beasley missed 13 games with the Los Angeles Lakers, caring for his mother during her final days. The Walking Bucket showed us via social media that he needs our support more than ever with a heart-breaking tribute to his mother, and some might also say, a plea for help.
Knicks fans should remember Beasley fondly as someone who entertained fans during a miserable season. The Knicks didn’t win much, but there was never a defense that could contain Beasley. He scored 30 points on three separate occasions in a reserve role for the orange and blue.
It’s no secret that this season hasn’t been easy for Beasley. Once thought of as a strong complementary player for Lebron James’ Lakers, Beasley’s minutes were up and down most of the season where he averaged seven points per game on just over 10 minutes per game.
There were also reports that Beasley and Walton engaged in a heated exchange after a loss to the Golden State Warriors, but Beasley, for his part, issued a statement to Yahoo Sports where expressed that he was committed to winning a championship with the Lakers
Beasley played his last game with the Lakers on Feb. 7. He was traded, along with Ivica Zubac to the Los Angeles Clippers for Mike Muscala. Beasley was later released by the Clippers and signed with Guangdong of the Chinese Basketball Association, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Despite the change in continents, Beasley deserves all the love and support that we can offer. If you can find the time, please send the man a positive message, lord knows that he needs it now more than ever.