Presenting the downside of summer playground basketball featuring locked-out NBA players: Michael Beasley of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoved a fan during in a game Thursday night at Dyckman Park in New York.
Beasley’s team, 914, was playing Kevin Durant’s Nike squad in another of the summer games that have electrified fans and are drawing increasingly larger crowds. At Dyckman, fans who stood beside the court and watched from trees saw Beasley and fans under the basket exchanging words. At one point, the New York Daily News reported, Beasley yelled, “I get paid to do this.”
Beasley focused on Garland Quince, a Dyckman regular who was standing behind a metal barrier. He approached, placed a hand on Quince’s head and shoved him. “He just mushed me. He mushed me in my face,” Quince said. “I was arguing about a Kevin Durant call and he just mushed me in my face.”
Beasley reportedly approached Quince again, but was stopped and security guards halted the game briefly. “He was about to mush me again. He’s a bad sportsman,” Quince said.
Quince said he was uninjured and watched the rest of the game. Later, he, was asked later if Beasley just couldn’t handle the scene.
“Nah, I just don’t think he can handle Kevin Durant.”
It wasn’t another 66-point performance for Durant, but he did have 32 points in his team’s 80-77 loss. Beasley had 21, although videos show that school was in session and Durant was delivering the lesson. Beasley left afterward without comment.