Power forward Michael Beasley, an 11-year veteran who is still just 33, remains hopeful that he can continue his professional basketball journey, as he revealed during an intense interview with ex-NFL players Ryan Clark, Channing Crowder, and Fred Taylor on The Pivot Podcast (video link).
Beasley last inked a deal with the Brooklyn Nets for the 2019/20 NBA season’s Orlando “bubble” season, only to see his contract voided after he tested positive for COVID-19. “I’m gonna retire how I want to retire,” said Beasley. “I can’t live my life on your terms. I can’t just let my dream die.”
Here are more odds and ends from around the basketball world:
- In a conversation with fellow former NBA players Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on their podcast All The Smoke, former NBA forward Chandler Parsons discussed the 2020 car accident that was a factor in his eventual retirement. “It was nuts,” said Parsons, who was a deep-bench reserve with the Hawks at the time. “I was leaving practice one day in Atlanta, two o’clock on a Wednesday. And I’m driving and I just see this car coming at me and just completely T-Bones me. And I had never been to a crash before… The windows were bashed in, airbag’s out, I had a cut on my wrist, I was bleeding… and I couldn’t move my neck!”
- Division III wing Ryan Turell, the leading NCAA scorer in the nation out of Yeshiva University with an average of 27.1 PPG, will leave school ahead of his senior year to test the waters for the 2022 draft, writes Jonathan Givony of ESPN. “I know NBA teams came to see me [during his season],” the 6’7″ prospect said. “My coach would tell me after each game, especially toward the end of the season. Quite a few NBA teams came to watch.”
- Ex-Pacers small forward Brian Bowen II recently had a surgical procedure for his ruptured Achilles tendon, per Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files (Twitter link). He has appeared in 12 games across two seasons with Indiana. This year, the 6’6″ Bowen did not make an NBA roster, but he did suit up for the Iowa Wolves, the G League club for the Timberwolves, and the USA Basketball World Cup Qualifying Team. In 21 contests with Iowa this year, he holds averages of 14.6 PPG, 8.0 RPG, and 1.1 APG.