Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley has quite a bit of growing up to do as he proved again Thursday night in a street game at a New York City playground. The “New York Daily News” has reported that the forward who was selected with the second pick in the 2008 NBA Draft participated in a street game at the playground against a team led by Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant. As is the case in all street-ball games there was a large crowd gathered who were not shy about expressing their opinions. One fan in particular Garland Quince, really got under Beasley’s skin with his taunting. Beasley approached the fan on the sidelines and after the two got into a screaming match, he palmed Quince’s face like a basketball and pushed him into the crowd.
Quince was asked by reporters if he believed that his heckling of the T-Wolves forward caused Beasley to react the way he did. He responded “Nah, I just don’t think he can handle Kevin Durant. He just mushed me. He mushed me in my face. I was arguing about a Kevin Durant call and he just mushed me in my face. He’s a bad sportsman.”
This is the second time this off-season that Beasley has been in a controversial situation. Early in July the forward was stopped for speeding in Minnesota and was found to be in possession of a half ounce of marijuana. Because that incident occurred during the NBA Lockout Beasley will not be fined or suspended by the Association.