Kevin Durant defends Michael Beasley for comparing himself to LeBron James
Michael Beasley raised some eyebrows when he compared himself to the one and only LeBron James, among others, back in training camp. But there is one NBA superstar — to whom Beasley also compared himself — who is staunchly defending the New York Knicks forward for making said comments: Kevin Durant.
It warrants mentioning that Durant and Beasley go way back, as the two both hail from the D.C. area. And the Golden State Warriors superstar argues Beasley never “got a fair chance” in the league after being the No. 2-overall pick of the Miami Heat in the 2008 NBA Draft.
“I love Beas,’’ Durant said of his pal, via the New York Post. “I love his family. I love what he’s doing. He never had a fair chance. I said in a comment earlier this year before the season where he said he was just as skilled as LeBron [James] and myself, and I was feeling him on that.
“I was feeling him, because he is. He can score from anywhere. He can score on anybody. He can use both hands, but there’s something else that separates. You know what I’m saying? I think that’s just the difference, the mental part of it. And he’s got the foundation of his game set, it’s just time to build on top of it.”
Beasley’s original comments about James, Durant, etc. were made during an interview with Bleacher Report.
“[It’s] mostly perception. As far as talent-wise, I match up with Kevin [Durant], LeBron, I match up with the best guys in the world,” Beasley said. “I’m not being cocky; it’s just always how I felt. But I got into trouble as soon as I got into the NBA, and it left a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths.”
Beasley has been a revelation for the Knicks this season, averaging 12.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 19.7 minutes of action. Beasley even received “MVP” chants from Knicks fans during a recent 32-point outing.
Michael Beasley gets MVP chants at the free throw line pic.twitter.com/kQStArOCd6
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) December 22, 2017
Now that’s something.