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Everyone bailed on Michael Beasley's charity game

Posted on: October 22, 2011 7:53 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2011 7:57 pm
Posted by Ben Gollivermichael-beasley

There have been a lot of sad stories during the NBA lockout, but this rivals them all.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley, he of the marijuana arrest and fan face mush, decided to organize a charity basketball game in Minnesota. Great idea! He invited tons of big name players, including NBA scoring champ Kevin Durant and All-Star Kevin Love. He even called it the "All-Star Classic" and organizers reportedly charged up to $300 for a ticket.

Two problems. None of the good players showed up. And not many fans showed up.

The Star-Tribune reported that everyone who is actually good that was scheduled in the game just no-showed.

Organizers originally priced tickets at between $60 and $300, then changed them to $40 general admission, $100 for VIP reserve and $300 for court seats when it became clear Durant, Love, [John] Wall and No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams wouldn't play.

The paper also reported that organizers estimated the attendance at 1,200. The Associated Press, though, pegged the number at "about 600 to 700."

So who was left to play in this "All-Star Classic?" Exactly zero All-Stars of course. The seven NBA participants, according to the AP, were Beasley, Wesley Johnson, Anthony Randolph, Wayne Ellington, Lazar Hayward, Anthony Tolliver and Dorell Wright. Wright can actually play, Beasley and Johnson both started a majority of games for the 17-win Timberwolves last season, but the rest are fringe NBA players. Potential D-League All-Stars, sure, but that's about it. And, together, not even enough players for a full 5-on-5 NBA experience.

Paying to see Kevin Durant and getting to see Wayne Ellington instead would have gone down as the worst kind of bait-and-switch imaginable, but thankfully the proceeds went to worthy local charities. 

Beasley's All-Star Classic winds up serving as a tidy symbol of his own NBA trajectory. Launched with the promise of big things as the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. Eventually revealed to be something totally different and, ultimately, disappointing.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:47 am

Everyone bailed on Michael Beasley's charity game

Oops...I feel bad for Beasley...worse for whatever charity it was supposed to have supported....but it's a learning opportunity.

There is more to business than being a star...and calling a few more that you can't count on...and printing some tickets. It''s tougher than say, buying (or selling) a bag of weed, or hiring an agent to contract a shoe deal, or electing a union representative to get you back to work.

This is just ONE game that went south, was overpriced, lost money, embarrassed the people who promoted it , and wasn't important for most, but made actual ticket holders feel ripped off. Sounds like the NBA lately....

Imagine if the players ran their own league.


Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 8:28 am

Everyone bailed on Michael Beasley's charity game

XFACTOR...Latrell must have been telling the truth, because the government took all of his possessions for failure to pay taxes! 

Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 7:17 am

Everyone bailed on Michael Beasley's charity game

It shows the charactor of the players in the NBA today, not good!!

Long live the LOCK OUT!!

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 1:39 am

Everyone bailed on Michael Beasley's charity game

I agree with Denver Nugs, it was for charity, but I guess the players had something better to do if they were not going to get a cut...classless, feel sorry for Beasley, at least he did try.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2011 1:32 am

Everyone bailed on Michael Beasley's charity game

At least he tried!  Give the guy some credit here, he wanted to organize a game for the fans (even though ticket prices were too high), is anyone else trying to do anything for fan/player relations?

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: October 23, 2011 12:57 am

Everyone bailed on Michael Beasley's charity game

This sums up the players of the NBA perfect! No show if there is nothing it it for them!

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:21 pm

Everyone bailed on Michael Beasley's charity game

I'm waiting on the next Latrell Spreewell. " I can't feed my family with 15 million dollars".

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:11 pm

Everyone bailed on Michael Beasley's charity game

I am sick and tired about hearing of all these So-Called...Charity Games. If these idiots want to be so charitable, why don't they stop acting like they are living on soup and sandwiches for god sake. I'm sorry, but do these idiots not realize that is the owner's who pay their salarie's. Pay for the plane's they fly on, the building's they play in, the floor's they play on in order to make a name for themselves. So I'm sorry if the player's are offended by what they might deam as a bad deal, but then again I'm sure the owner's are tired of player's who think they deserve the farm just because they were picked a certain way at the draft, or I love this...Exceeded expectations. Can anyone tell me why certain player's who average 8 points a game make 7-8 million dollars? And don't call yourselves the best athletes in the world. YOUR NOT!!! National Bitches Association.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:51 pm

Everyone bailed on Michael Beasley's charity game

What would you expect from basketball players. They are already the highest average payed players in all sports, but it's not enough? They want more? Basketball players also have the highest tendency to file for bankrupcy within 5 years of retirement. Scotty Pippen, Latrel Sprewell(who turned down a 3 year $30 million dollar deal because it was not enough) are a couple of examples.

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:01 pm

Everyone bailed on Michael Beasley's charity game

What a fitting way for the players to show the fans they deserve more money, stand up a charity game.. Im embarassed for Beasley and for the charity, you cant do much more to help and thank god for the other (lesser known) guys that showed. Ive read countless stories of these stars playing pick-up games all over but to stand up a charity game is just WRONG.

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