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Poof: Afro-BEAS-iac

Apparently, Michael Beasley is pulling out all the stops to get coach Erik Spoelstra to notice him on the bench in crunch time.

This is what makes Beasley so easy to like. He's simply a care-free dude. Today's blog comes courtesy of Chris Perkins, formerly of the Palm Beach Post, who filled in for me as today's correspondent at practice. Perk had a great story to tell after bumping into Beas (who doesn't?).

The following is Perkins on Beasley. Beas-Fro

There’s never a dull moment when Michael Beasley is around, and Monday’s practice provided the most recent example. Beasley, the colorful second-year forward, unbraided his hair and wore it in an Afro - a big, ABA-style throwback Afro.

 You can decide for yourself whether it’s a good look. The verdict is in from teammates, however.

 “We’ve said he looks like the character from the ‘Lion King,’ ” center Joel Anthony said, shaking his head.

 Others said he looked like a reject from the 1970s. Still others cracked all Beasley needed to complete his outfit was some shoes with goldfish in the bottom, like Antonio Fargas (the former Huggy Bear on Starsky and Hutch) wore as Fly Guy in the movie, “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka.”

 Beasley took the abuse with a smile.

 By the way, don’t judge the ’fro by the photo. Beasley said he waited until he was on his way to practice Monday morning to unbraid and pick his hair “so when I step in it’ll be fresh. It doesn’t look too good right now.”

Beasley-gamer  It’s only the second time he’s unbraided his hair since he went with braids late last season. True to form, when Beasley was asked if he owned a pick, he had a story.

 “I have seven or eight picks because I lose one, I buy one, and then I find the old one,” he said.

 He said he used to have the pick of all picks _ the black one with the fist (you might have to be a child of the ’60s or ’70s to know that one). But…

 “My dogs chewed it,” he said, “so I don’t have that one right now.”

  There was no real reason for Beasley letting his hair down.

 “I just decided I wanted to be different today,” he said matter-of-factly.

 He was definitely different. The NBA hasn’t seen a ’fro like that since Josh Childress had one a few years ago with the Atlanta Hawks. And it was a questionable look at that time.

 Regardless, Beasley forges ahead. He said he might even keep the ’fro for Tuesday’s game against Washington.

 “I haven’t decided yet,” he said, seeming to send a test balloon across media waters.

 The Heat player with the longest hair, forward Udonis Haslem, doubts he’d ever wear his hair in an Afro.

 “It’d probably cover my eyes,” Haslem said. “I wouldn’t be able to play.”

 But there is one advantage to Beasley’s Afro - height.

 Asked what the Heat would have to list him if he kept the ’fro for the Washington game, Beasley replied, “About 7-1.”

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Good stuff. Great to see Perk still perkolating as the season Heats up.

Beasley to and Fro? Like it. Hope he keeps it.

The league has been mostly & boringly fro-free since Josh Childress took his to Greece.

Plus, I've always thought the HOURS and HOURS players put into braids could be better spent elsewhere. Practice gym. On their games. Anything but HOUR after HOUR of mirror mirror on the wall who's most Zulu of them all?

Melo got rid of his. Rip too. Ditto Tyronn Lue. AI likewise, for awhile. Et tu UD?

I hope Beas is able to produce this year. I think he has a world of offensive talent, but he has to adapt to the Riley culture and become a strong defender. If we sign Lebron, Bosh, Boozer, or Amare, he can be a huge talent with a cheap salary!

give more time on BEASLEY... let him play @ close-out game rather than CHALMERS on the floor...


hope RILEY could land AMARE down here... also i think its difficult to us to convince LEBRON to sign for us... but its still possible... if not, we can made a trade to memphis...



its fair deal right? memphis is on the 2nd to the last in the west...

MAYO & GAY are not in good terms... memphis would rather to choose MAYO as there franchise player...


oh man, i hope he keeps the afro going. that thing is awesome! it would be the first red-headed afro in the nba since bill walton. ha!

mike wallace, please tell beazy that he has a fan vote to keep the fro

Got to love guys like Beasley. Most young guys that perform well immediately start grumbling when they don't get the playing time they deserve but he just keeps on. And he makes the team much more enjoyable to follow.

A friend mentioned Ben Wallace and Anderson Varejao.

Ben isn't froing this season [ ]

And Varejao. That ain't no fro. Nest, maybe [ ]. You can even see the feathers.

Youtube clip of "top 10 afros in the NBA". [ ]. Mostly lame. I don't remember AI with one, but lookin good. Darius Miles, okay. Varejao = nest. Noah = nest. Kobe, your mini sux. If you're going to fro, do it like RICKY. Or Beas.

Librarians on fros? Apparently [ ]

All time All Fro Team.

Dr J

"Et tu UD?"


Hey coach, please like me, please notice me, please play me.

I would have gotten another tatoo to be noticed, but I've already needled most of my body.

Desparate plea for attention? How about getting noticed on the court. I know, I know, he's SO MUCH MORE of a scoring threat at 12.0 ppg than Haslem at 11.8 ppg.

No attention 4 U Gembe.Since the focus is on mostly defense.How bout AFRO-PLEASE-E-ADKINS.

No attention 4 U Gembe -- but I'll respond to post?????

Since the focus is on mostly focus is on outscoring the opponent, and that's equal parts offense and equal parts defense -- but being such a basic concept of the game, you probably already had a grasp on that.

supercoolbeas is the man!!!!


Since "THE" focus has been on defense means I am referring to the discussion.Your focus mean i am talking to you.I'm sure you knew that with your basic understanding of things.This is
the first time i every herd offense or score(something you couldn't do in a room full of hookers with a suitcase full of money) come out
of your mouth.Damn cant even be funny without some1 pickin a fight with me.

Well thought out -- funny AND classy.

Did I see at the Mensa meeting last month?


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