“He’s a guy that had an unbelievable collegiate career, who came into the NBA as a top-two pick, so the talent is there, it hasn’t gone anywhere. It’s like clay, it just needs to be molded right. Somebody needs to be around him, talking to him and telling him the right things and building him up and keeping nothing but positive energy around him and moving him forward instead of pulling him back.”
Butler, a raging success story born out of an unsavory childhood, arrested numerous times before he turned 15, said if Beasley remains with the team, and if the 6-foot-10, 235-pounder is willing, he will stick by the kid’s side, mentor him, attempt to reach him. At this point, save him from himself.
“I would stay in his ear, I would definitely stay in his ear,” Butler said. “I would continue to motivate him and I would challenge him night-in and night-out, in practice, just whatever I can do to make him better I would do as a human being, and obviously as a basketball player because I think he has tremendous upside still. He’s just 24 years old.”
Butler was arrested 11 times for drug dealing before he was 15, and managed to turn his life around Do you guys think he can help Beasley if the Suns decided to give him one more shot?
That is pretty cool of Butler. I think that is what Beasley needs, someone to stay in his ear and help him stay focused and positive. The dude has potential and I hate to see a brother waste that God-given talent on being foolish. Mad props to Butler for stepping up to help a player in need.