Before the NBA Draft in June, the consensus opinion by scouts and executives was that the draft class was all about highly touted guard Derrick Rose and prolific forward Michael Beasley, with everyone else a distant second place. On June 18, the Chicago Bulls made Rose the first overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft. The Miami Heat selected Beasley with the second pick.
Tonights match up is the first NBA head-to-head meeting between Rose and Beasley. Its still too early to tell which will have the better career. So for now, well just have to judge them based not on who is he best player but, rather, who is the bigger dolt. Beasley missed a game due to a bout with the flu, which he says, he caught from his dogs. Rose missed some time for suffering a gash on his arm that required 10 stitches after rolling over on a knife he was using to carve an apple while in bed. Meanwhile, third-overall selection, Memphis guard O.J. Mayo, leads all rookies with 20.8 points per game. Go figure.
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Tipoff is at 5 p.m. at the American Airlines Arena, located at 601 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Tickets range from $10 to $350. Get them at nba.com/heat.
Fri., Dec. 26, 5 p.m., 2008