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Beasley Passes First Test

New Heat forward and co-face of the franchise Michael Beasley said all of the right things during his introductory press conference on the floor at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Beasleydraft He launched his Heat career with five words that sounded more like a prediction than a wish: "Lets win us another championship," he said at the end of his opening statement.

Here are a few other Beasley tidbits from Friday.

Beasley on the relief of finally getting to his NBA city ... "I'm just happy to be here. Obviously, it's a great organization, great team, great fans. I want to be here for 15 or 20 years if I can play that long."

Beasley on reality setting in ... "All of my thoughts are just in a whirlwind right now. It's all about what's coming next. How I might play. I was nervous. I'm still nervous. I knew that I might have been the No. 1 or No. 2 pick for a long time. But reality has set in and my life is changing dramatically."

Beasley on speculation that Miami had questions about his character and might trade him ... "Coach told me not to pay any attention to what was said in the media. But it was hard. It was kind of hard to put aside all that's been said. I was just hoping that it would play out well and it did."

Beasley on being passed over by the Bulls to fall to No. 2 ... "I'm very competitive. But it all worked out for the better. I just have to prove to everyone that I'm the best player in this draft."

Beasley on partnering with Dwyane Wade, although he had yet to hear from Wade ... "I love watching Dwyane Wade. He's a great player. A Finals MVP. He won a championship. And it's a dream come true to be in the same organization with a player like that."

Beasley on his impact with the Heat ... "I just want to come into this organization and make an impact early. I'd like to be the go-to guy. I'm going to do whatever it takes. Rebound. Loose balls. Whatever it takes."

Beasley on maturity and past so-called character issues ... "It's a business. It's my job now. But in order to do well, you have to love your job. I think basketball is the funnest thing in the world to do. I'm going to smile everyday."




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