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But then Martin started to reminisce about his time at Kansas State, where he previously coached. "I'm going to give you a quick story," he told the media. "We played at Texas Tech and I had a young man on my team named Michael Beasley, and he's averaging, on the year, 24 and 14. We played Texas Tech, we lose by five or something like that and he's a freshman. He scores 21 or something." Beasley scored 22 points on the night on 6 of 20 shooting and grabbed 15 rebounds in the 84-75 loss. So while Martin's recollection isn't perfect, the gist of his point remains valid. "Well that game was in Lubbock Texas, started at 9:00 p.m. because it was an ESPN2, middle of the week game or whatever," he said. "So we get on the plane. We land at 1:30 in the morning. The airport to our gym, where everyone's car was at, maybe a 10 minute drive. "He got off the bus, went into the arena and shot 500 balls at 2 o'clock in the morning. And he is a real good player. Not an average player; a real good player." Arizona's Sports Page
Well, was, anyway. Things haven't really panned out for Beasley in the NBA. "He didn't do that because I asked him to, he did that because he knew he didn't play well that day," Martin said. "That's what it's about. In life you get what you deserve, so he put in the time. "He earned the right to average whatever the heck he averaged for his career. I know this: I never had to worry about him not being ready to play, I never had to worry about him not doing what I asked him to do. Funny how that works." Arizona's Sports Page
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