Michael Beasley doesn’t think Lakers are playoff-bound just yet
Michael Beasley is entering his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers with a tempered expectation of what this upcoming season will be, coming from a franchise like the New York Knicks that got their playoff hopes smashed rather early into the 2017-18 campaign.
The veteran scorer knows that this is still a process for the organization, with plenty of youth in the roster still figuring it all out and a merciless Western Conference that takes no prisoners.
Asked if he thinks the Lakers would crack the playoff picture, the Washington D.C. native was rather sincere.
“As of now, we’re out [of the playoffs], according to all the polls. Rightfully so,” said Beasley, according to Leo Sepkowitz of Bleacher Report. “But I think we’re a team that will be able to decide our own fate by how hard we work and how much we’re willing to sacrifice physically and mentally. I’m not going to put my foot in my mouth and say we’re going to win 25 championships or 75 games, no. But I’m confident that we got a group of guys that wants to play basketball the right way, wants to win and work hard. With that being said, I think we can be exactly where we want to be at the end of the year.”
Beasley had a resurgence with the Knicks last season, making the most of his opportunity after Kristaps Porzingis’ injury and posting 13.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
The high-scoring lefty forward has flown under the radar and shot over 50 percent from the floor in each of his last three seasons, including an impressive 39.5 percent clip from distance.