Forward Thinking | Night & Day | South Florida | Broward Palm Beach New Times | The Leading Independent News Source in Broward-Palm Beach, Florida

Forward Thinking

Most Miami Heat fans were hoping that in his quest to land a proven veteran post presence, Pat Riley wouldn’t sacrifice the future before the recent trade deadline. There were reports flying everywhere of Riley’s infatuation with Suns forward Amar’e Stoudemire and his desire to land him at all costs. This immediately sent shockwaves across the Heat nation. Because the key piece to a possible trade with Phoenix for Stoudemire would surely be number two overall pick Michael Beasley. Although Beasley is coming off the bench, still adjusting to playing defense at the NBA level, and averaging only 13.1 points a game, he’s a tremendous talent. Beasley is a natural perimeter player with great shooting range, and he’s still rounding out his game in the post. He just turned 20 and is a better player now than when Stoudemire was that age. In other words, he hasn’t even begun to scratch the surface of the kind of player he will be. And that is great news for the Heat down the road.

In the end, Riley wound up trading Shawn Marion’s expiring contract for center Jermaine O’Neal. This means Beasley stays in Miami and can potentially move into the small forward position sometime this season. Future secured. Miami takes on the Chicago Bulls this Monday night at the American Airlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Tip-off is at 7:30. Tickets range from $10 to $350 and can be purchased at
Mon., March 9, 7:30 p.m., 2009

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Chris Joseph
Contact: Chris Joseph

Latest Stories