The Knicks' newest pickup, SF Michael Beasley, wants people to have more respect for his game as he heads to New York.
The former No. 2 overall pick believes his lack of minutes on the floor has warranted misconceptions about his game. Beasley told The Post's Marc Berman that if his time on the court increases, he will show the world that he can still bring the game that landed him a top draft pick.
"I'll bring what they saw in college," Beasley said, reminiscing his days of stardom at Kansas State. "I just need the opportunity to show that. Look at my nine-year career, I've always been close to a point a minute. I've always been a walking bucket. Nobody can stop me, hasn't stopped me my last nine years. Every time I've touched the ball, the defender's scared. I'm at the point of my career I'm just tired of not getting the acknowledgement of being who I am."
Beasley, who now joins his sixth team in his career this season, has had a rocky journey since entering the league in 2008. He has had multiple incidents with marijuana, and because of that, he believes it is the reason he gets overlooked when minutes are handed out.
"It's exactly the reason," Beasley said. "People meet me. First thing they say: "You're totally different than I thought you are." A large part of my career is due to perception, what people think what I am or should be. My past is my past. They keep harping on it. Everyone wants me to grow up and learn from my past, learn from my mistakes. But you guys should do the same thing. I'm years removed from any marijuana incident or incident period. But it's all anybody speaks about. I've grown up. Now it's time for you to grow up."
Playing the small foward, Beasley could likely become Carmelo Anthony's replacement if the Knicks deal him before the start of the season. Though he would most likely get the minutes he desires from Melos' departure, Beasley would still like to see him as a teammate.
"As far as if I want him to be here, who wouldn't want to play with one of the best basketball players? I think he's underrated, been disrespected but me personally, who wouldn't want to play with him?"
With or without Melo, Beasley is ready to bring a winning team back to The Garden. He loves the bright lights of New York, and he is confident the attention will bring out his best game this season.
"Me being on a big stage before so many people will bring the best out of me," he said. "I'm looking forward to it. I hope everyone else is looking forward to it. I want to play fun basketball and bring winning basketball back to New York."
With the Bucks last season, Beasley averaged 9.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, and shot 53.2 percent from the field in 16.7 minutes per game.