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Taking a deeper look at the Michael Beasley situation

Man, just when you think the slow days of summer are hitting the team... Everyone knows the story by now. Second-year forward Michael Beasley posted a photo on his Twitter feed showing his new tattoo and what appears to be a baggie of marijuana. He subsequently checked into a rehabilitation facility near Houston. The reaction from the team's observers seems to be nearly unanimous. Concern for Beasley, a confusion of his problems' origins and an eagerness to fix the problem and get rid of the now-perceived liability. Ira Winderman promoted his chat on Twitter by asking if a trade could be a Beasley "Escape Hatch." Commenters at Peninsular is Mightier want to set him adrift. The tone seems to be that this event is nothing but bad for Beasley and the organization and both seem to be in an intractable position. My belief is almost completely opposite to this thinking. My first point would be that if every NBA player who smoked marijuana had to enter rehab and be traded, there'd be a lot of guys switching cities while they're in a facility. Second, the idea that it would be a better play to let a guy who's absolutely miserable try to succeed on an island, or let a young man tapped for greatness work out his issues and return with newfound purpose? While it doesn't look great, this whole thing is a net positive for Beasley and the Heat. It just doesn't seem that way at the moment. As many people have said in the past few days, the most important thing is for Beasley to get better. The most concerning thing for me from the whole Twitter situation wasn't the alleged marijuana but his tweets immediately afterward:
-"Y do I feel like the whole world is against me!!!!!!! Back on my FTW!!!!! I can't win for losin!!!!!!!!!!" -"Feelin like it's not worth livin!!!!!!! I'm done" -"not feelin this at all!!!!!"
Hopefully this was just his reaction to people's observations of the weed, but it's not exactly the most up-beat thing to post. I think he'll be back, and if basketball is in his future, I think he'll be better than we've seen.