Michael Beasley played this season with the Shanghai Sharks, which are owned by former NBA great Yao Ming. Delonte West (right) was also on the Sharks roster.
Vice Sports published an epic meditation today on former Timberwolf Michael Beasley’s season in China. Beasley, who played for Miami last season and spent (literally not much more than) a hot minute in Memphis before being waived and inking a deal with Yao Ming’s Shanghai Sharks, had an interesting season.
Here’s some stuff I liked, in no particular order (except #1).
- Smoking in the boys room: a history of NBA cigarette smoking.
- Pacers coach Frank Vogel on Mo Williams’ 52 point (!) game: “I was asked by someone who works here did I have nightmares about Mo Williams?” Vogel said after practice. “And my response was: ‘You’d have to be asleep to have nightmares.'”
- Along those lines, an interesting list of the least-likely 50-points-in-a-game scorers. Who isn’t there who should be? Who’s there but shouldn’t be?
- If you were going to build a boy band made up of NBA players, who’d be on it? Hardwood Paroxysm has thought about this.
- The Wolves are one of two NBA teams that currently forgoes the time-honored game day morning shootaround, instead doing an afternoon walk through. Why? Gaming until 3 AM, Flip Saunders says.
- Andrew Wiggins will be in this season’s Slam Dunk contest on All-Star Saturday Night. No other participants have been named yet. Somewhere, Zach LaVine is seething with jealousy.
Since the dunk contest is still a way off, here’s some Wiggins dunkz to pregame to.
We linked to part one of Britt Robson’s interview with Glen Taylor yesterday. Now, part two is up, and it’s well worth your time.
If you aren’t a regular at Britt’s space over on MinnPost, shame on you.
In addition to Britt’s regular journalistic acumen, these pieces are especially important and are must-reads.
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