The Bulls Should Definitely Have Drafted That Rehab Guy (Michael Beasley Washes Out Edition)
There’s not a whole lot to say right here. The recent news about Beasley checking into rehab doesn’t really change my feelings that Rose was the correct choice, but it definitely reinforces it. I mean praising Gar PaxDorf for selecting Rose seems foolish, since it was such an obvious pick. At the time of the draft last year, however, there was some chatter about getting Beasley instead. I’m not talking about anything out of the front office, but more about media and fans. A large contingent of Chicagoans (far less than half, but a decent number) felt Beasley was the choice. We had a crowded backcourt with Hinrich and Gordon, where would Rose fit?
The consensus nationwide, even among many Chicagoans, was that Beasley was the best talent in the draft hands down, and that Rose was very effective but should only be drafted to fill a need at point guard; a need the Bulls didn’t seem to have last summer. But Paxson held strong and made the right choice. The holes in Beasley’s game were glaring, and the questions about his work ethic and character were glaring as well. Regardless of that, his raw talent was difficult to ignore. Teaching a gym rat to run a pick and roll offense, however, was far more realistic than teaching a lazy player to play defense or have a better shot selection.
And teaching a complete idiot not to post pictures of himself on the internet with drugs in the background was apparently damn near impossible.