Former Timberwolves general manager David Kahn discusses Beasley:

“Michael’s issue then from a basketball standpoint wasn’t on the offensive end. Michael had a hard time on the defensive end. I think that wasn’t so much about Michael as the fact most of his basketball training was in the AAU system, (then) a brief time in college. My sense at the time was he didn’t play as much in Miami as he had hoped because of the challenges he faced defensively.

For the most part, a player who can’t defend usually has trouble with playing time or making a team. A coach needs you to defend.

“Offensively, he’s an incredibly gifted natural scorer. There isn’t any part of his game offensively he can’t do — shoot with range, drive, finish. He’s really smooth.’’

Everyone loves to score.

“It wasn’t necessarily one-on-one defense. So much of the NBA is defensive scheme, knowing where the ball is on the court, how a team plays its pick-and-roll. It’s not as simple as it looks and for Michael, it was the only hard part of the game. I don’t know the strides [Beasley’s made] since, but back then that was it.’’

I agree with this. It’s hard to defend off the ball. That’s probably one of the hardest things for a coach to teach a player. The I.Q. has to be there. Have to be alert. Have to have an understanding of what may happen next.  You have to be in proper position and you have to talk.

You have to WANT to play defense.

Here’s the entire article via the New York Post.




“Our defense is everything with this team, nothing else. Offensively we’re going to be fine, we’re going to find spots. We’re going to find spots to really play our game. It’s defensively, everybody playing on a string, everybody communicating, and everybody being on the same page [that is important].”


Via Phil Jackson:

“Today’s players simply lack the skills to play the triangle. They know  how to play one-on-one, catch-and-shoot, and they’ve mastered crossover  dribbles, spins, playing off of screens and step-back shots. They don’t  know how to execute things like inside-reverse pivots and other basic  footwork. They have no sense of timing or organization. They don’t  really know how to play five-on-five basketball. It’s strictly  generational.”


The ESPN color analyst with his thoughts on Jeff Hornacek coaching the Knicks.


“The hiring of anybody taking over a bad team that has limited talent and needs definite additions at key positions, you have to be lucky and fortunate that the players who are there can buy into the system and give it 100 [percent] every single night. I would expect he comes in and gets that. I know they’ll be more accountable. That’s key anytime you come into a bad situation. You’re not going anywhere without accountability.’’