Beasley and Heat to Play Exhibition in Tulsa

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Former Kansas State standout Michael Beasley and the Miami Heat will play a preseason game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Oct. 14 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.

The four-and-a-half hour drive from Manhattan to Tulsa gives K-State fans a chance to see Beasley as a member of the Heat. And judging by recent history, Beasley will like it back in the Sooner state. 

In his last two visits to Oklahoma, Beasley’s teams are unbeaten. On Jan. 12, 2008 the Wildcats went to Norman, Okla. and defeated the University of Oklahoma 84-82. In that game, Beasley led the Wildcats in scoring with 32 points and rebounding by grabbing 11 boards. In his professional Oklahoma debut, the Heat defeated the Thunder 104-94 at the Ford Center in downtown Oklahoma City on Jan. 18, 2009. In that game, Beasley played just 10 minutes, but scored four points and grabbed four rebounds.

 

In his rookie season in the NBA, Beasley played in 81 games, starting 19 times. His averages of 13.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game were solid for a rookie, but Beasley continues to work hard during the off-season to improve those numbers.

 

“I've become a student of the game," Beasley said in an interview earlier this year with the Palm Beach Post. "At this time last year it was all raw talent, and (the attitude), 'I can beat him so I don't really have to watch the game.'

 

Adding 50 games to your season is a difficult transition for any player in their rookie season. Beasley played in all 33 games in his one season at K-State, but the tough routine of the NBA results in a quick learning curve.

 

“The biggest thing for me, looking back, was getting your mind and body right,” he said to the Miami Herald at the end of last season. “Just to continue to perfect the things you already know. But flying at 3 and 4 in the morning, and then having to play the next day, if you're mind isn't there, you're not mentally right, you can't perform the way you want. To get through the draft, just handle the limelight. Because it will be a lot more at this level. But you have to expect the unexpected. You have to always be ready for things you don't really see."

Tickets to the event go on sale beginning Monday, Aug. 10.  Please visit THUNDER.NBA.COM or bokcenter.com for more information or to purchase tickets.

Courtesy of Kelly McKeown of the Oklahoma City Thunder