Tuesday , May , 04 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Pat Riley to Michael Beasley: You’re OK, but You Need to Be Better

Riley said he told Beasley during his exit interview, “You’re doing OK. OK isn’t good enough for me or for you. So let’s figure out how to get past OK.” Beasley said, “OK.”

Asked if Beasley could play mostly small forward if the team’s personnel dictates that, Riley said “his comfort zone” is power forward. “That’s the most logical place for him to be, but his game is expanding.”

Riley said “ever since Michael was drafted, he seems to be the most maligned player in the NBA. He takes things so seriously because he reads and hears on a regular basis how bad he is. That’s just the way it is. I said, `Get used to it in this league.’ If you want to be the best of the best, you better get used to having a very tough skin.”


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