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Michael Beasley: ‘New York hurt my feelings so badly’

Michael Beasley: New York hurt my feelings so badly. I really wanted to stay in New York for the rest of my career. I had a good year. We were losing, but I was a bright spot. I used to drive after every practice and every game or get on the train to see my mom because she had cancer. At the end of the season in the exit meeting, the flight home from the last game was when they fired Jeff Hornacek. They had Corey Gaines do our exit meetings. I walk in, and he runs down my stats for the year. In my mind, I’m like you finally did it, got a nice contract, and solidified yourself a home for at least three years.
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Michael Beasley: The Knicks hurt my feelings. On the court, I had Kurt Rambis there. I think 15 or 20 games into the season, Kurt came to me and asked me if I thought I should be playing? I said, “Yeah.” He said, “Before I ask you why, every time you go on the floor, just show the coach why you should be playing.” I had something to play for. Off the court, nobody knows this, but I found out my mom had cancer going into training camp in New York. That was extra motivation. I used to drive down after every game and every practice to Baltimore and kick it with my mom.
The league, in fact, has already come down on them for being too involved. The Timberwolves were fined $250,000 for funding a team workout in Miami prior to training camp. Rodriguez hosted the team at his home as part of the trip, something that team sources said was pushed by former president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, who assured everyone that the Wolves were acting within league parameters. A painful lesson, but a lesson nonetheless. Rodriguez and Lore were also directly involved in the decision to fire Rosas a week before training camp and are in the process of setting a new framework of core values that they plan to use as guideposts for creating the environment they want to oversee.
After telling the team over the summer that he wouldn’t report to training camp, Simmons arrived in Philadelphia on Oct. 11, two weeks into camp. The 76ers say that Oct. 22 was the first time Simmons informed them of any mental health concerns, and the moment they received his message they made available resources and provided support. Paul, however, said the 76ers were informed in the offseason that Simmons was not mentally ready to play in Philadelphia. The 76ers stopped fining Simmons on Oct. 22, but after two weeks went by without further information from Simmons about his process and clarity on his return-to-play status, the franchise reinstated fines and withholding payments on Nov. 5. Only then, team officials say, did Simmons meet with the team-affiliated specialist, on Monday, Nov. 8.
“I’m not making excuses for him, and I’m as hard on him as anybody, but you miss a month of training camp where you get all of the basics, you don’t play in any exhibition games and come into this league and try to perform, that is difficult to do. I’m giving him a mulligan on that one. This is nowhere near what he can be and will be as a player. There is just so much to learn, so much to go through for him and the team when your quarterback is down a little bit. He has a lot of growing to do but I have all of the confidence in the world he is going to get there because of his ability and IQ.”

Wizards concerned about Rui Hachimura?

Hachimura was given an excused absence due to personal reasons back in September (first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic) causing him to miss Wizards training camp. Fast forward, and Hachimura still hasn’t joined the team. Not only has he not joined the team, nobody has seen him. According to multiple sources, Hachimura hasn’t been in the practice facility at the same time as his teammates. “We haven’t seen him at all,” one source told me. “Maybe he does individual workouts at night, I’m not sure. We have no idea what’s going on with him.”
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