REPORT: Michael Beasley out vs. Grizzlies for personal reasons
The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday night but the team will be without the services of forward Michael Beasley, as the 11-year veteran has been excused from the team to tend to a family health matter.
In 10 games this season for the Lakers, the former No. 2 overall pick is averaging 4.4 points and 1.4 rebounds while shooting 51.4 percent from the field, 25.0 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line in 7.1 minutes per game. Beasley has missed 15 games this season.
After spending the previous season with the New York Knicks, Beasley signed a one-year, $3.5 million free agent deal with the Lakers in the offseason, reuniting him with Lakers superstar LeBron James. Beasley and James were teammates with the Miami Heat for one season back in 2013.
Hopefully, there’s no major issues with Beasley and his family. Sometimes, as spectators of a sport we adore, we tend to forget that athletes are humans and deal with the same struggles as everyone else.
The Lakers will look to get back in the win column versus Memphis after losing to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday. Los Angeles enters Saturday with a record of 15-10, sixth place in the Western Conference.
*All stats gathered from Basketball Reference