Friday night Beasley hosted a charity basketball game in a suburban Minneapolis high school--Osseo High.
Fellow Minnesota Timberwolves players: Wesley Johnson, Anthony Randolph, Wayne Ellington, Lazar Hayward & Anthony Tolliver. Golden State swingman: Dorell Wright was also in attendance. And Minnesota Vikings star runningback Adrian Peterson appeared as a celebrity coach.
There were 600-700 fans on hand to watch Michael Beasley's team win 179-170. Obviously and offensive showcase without much defense being played.
The net proceeds of the event went to a number of different charities including: St. Jude's Childrens Hospital & Peterson's All-Day Foundation.
Some of the big names that were originally slated to play in the event: Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, Washington's John Wall as well as Timberwolves' Kevin Love, Derrick Williams & Ricky Rubio.
"I feel like basketball is a getaway for a lot of people and they can't get away right now. I feel like it's our job to bring basketball back to Minnesota. I'm glad a lot of my friends came to help me do that," said Beasley of Friday's event.
With the lockout still in effect and the labor talks falling apart every other week. Timberwolves' rep Anthony Tolliver had this to say on the lockout--"I think that players are doing a really good job of getting in front of fans and continuing to show that we really just want to play basketball. Whether or not we have to put it together ourselves, play pickup games, do charity events or paid events, whatever it is, we just want to play basketball. I think that a lot of fans understand that and people respect that."
With no progess being made in the labor negotiations--this may not be the last event Beasley or Tolliver or Love etc. may organize. For now, basketball will live on in the high schools and universities while the Target Center remains vacant.
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