FIRST THING Detroit fans are great. Not only were fans going at LeBron, Greg Oden, Juwan Howard, Birdman, everyone with creative heckling worthy of the postseason but these crazy people were also heckling me, a sportswriter. And that was even after I turned a courtside TV to the Tigers game so they could watch two games at once.
SECOND THING Michael Beasley is pretty hard on himself sometimes. Beasley received his first minutes of playing time and he was great. He scored nine points in his first five minutes of action and was diving on the floor and doing things coaches generally like to see out of players trying to make a roster. Of course, Beasley also did something a little odd after one offensive play. Upset with himself over a mistake, Beasley started punching himself in the head while running back on defense. He punched himself so hard that he needed treatment after the game from the Heat's trainer. Steel compresses (like the ones cut doctors use in boxing) were applied to Beasley's brow in the locker room.
THIRD THING LeBron cares an awful lot about this team. With less than four minutes to go, LeBron was on his feet on the bench and cheering on Justin Hamilton.
-An addendum to the third thing...An announced crowd of 17k was on hand in Auburn Hills for a preseason game coincided with the Tigers clinching the ALDS. Call that the LeBron effect. Preseason hecklers were in full force for the exhibition game, calling out LeBron, Birdman, Greg Oden and, of all people, assistant coach Juwan Howard.