Michael Beasley attends Lakers game together with his ailing mom
Even though the Los Angeles Lakers took a tough 128-110 loss against the Washington Wizards on Sunday night, there was a silver lining to the defeat: Michael Beasley was in attendance with his mother and briefly greeted his teammates on the bench.
Beasley, a Maryland native, has been absent from the team for 10 games for personal reasons, which have to do with his ailing mother, Fatima Smith. They attended Sunday’s game because Smith wanted to see the Lakers in person.
The inconsistency in Beasley’s availability has led to limited minutes for the veteran forward, who is averaging only 4.4 points per game. Although he hasn’t been the scoring force off the bench the Lakers hoped for when they signed him this offseason, Beasley contributes in other ways. He provides a veteran presence to a young team, instilling some basketball savvy in a group of players who don’t have much experience in the league.
Beasley’s teammates were overjoyed to see him, even if it was just for a moment. Per David McMenamin of ESPN, Lakers star LeBron James said:
“It’s happy to have our brother back, see a smile on his face, The game of basketball’s done so much for him and for him to be able to get away from whatever situation he’s in, I know it’s a bright spot for him. I just try to give him respect. I’m ready for him when he came back that’s for sure, but it’s all family time. He knows he got my support. I’ve been knowing Beas for a long time now.”
It’s nice to see the team support Michael Beasley in a time of need. Hopefully, he can get back to the team ASAP and continue to do what he loves with people he loves.