Michael Beasley’s fate is sealed, and he knows it
MINNEAPOLIS — Michael Beasley apparently couldn’t score enough buckets to ensure a permanent spot in the Knicks’ rotation once Tim Hardaway Jr. is back to full minutes.
Coach Jeff Hornacek said once Hardaway is back at full health, Beasley will return to sporadic playing time, including occasionally not playing as he’s in a backup-forward platoon with defensive specialist Lance Thomas.
Beasley already saw reduced time in Friday’s 118-108 loss to the Timberwolves, but did his best to keep his roll going, scoring 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting in 16 minutes.
Beasley, whose teammates now call him “WB,” short for his self-proclaimed moniker “Walking Bucket,” sounded resigned to knowing his minutes will be going down.
In the past 13 games, the southpaw forward has averaged 19 points on 54 percent shooting.
“If I play, I play. If I don’t, I don’t,’’ said Beasley, who was with the Timberwolves from 2010-2012. “Same tune. Same song. Honestly no [I’m not surprised]. I’m used to it at this point. Doing what the team needs. Doing what the team asks. If they don’t ask for anything, then I don’t do anything.“I enjoy playing basketball. I’m used to dramatic change and ups and down. If something happens where I don’t play anymore, I can’t cry about it. I got to look forward to tomorrow.”At this point, God has a plan of serenity. I control what I can.”
The Knicks coaching staff is facing a conundrum because they want to be a defense-first club, and that’s all Thomas brings. But is it enough to keep Beasley benched?
“Maybe it’s a benefit, but it makes it harder,” Hornacek said of the roster. “Some nights it will work when you go one way or another. Other nights it doesn’t work and it’s like ‘Why didn’t you put in the other guy.’ We got multiple guys who can play. Every guy on this team lends something.”
It has been a similar saga in a lot of Beasley’s stops, with him unable to solidify a firm role. Except with Minnesota, where former coach and current Knicks associate coach Kurt Rambis rolled with him in one season together before Rambis got fired.
Rambis lobbied the Knicks to sign Beasley over the summer.
“Good and bad,’’ Beasley said of his Minnesota memories. “You get used to the weather pretty quick out here. At 20, 25 degrees, you come around and I start wearing my sandals.
“It definitely feels bittersweet,’’ Beasley added. “Lost a lot of games. Met a lot of cool people. Met Kurt Rambis — one of my favorite people.”
As the Knicks work on a deal to sign point guard Trey Burke , Ramon Sessions was inactive for the first time this season.
The Knicks likely will have to cut Sessions or make a trade to open up a roster spot. Sessions said he has had no word from Knicks brass.
“Bunch of big guys, big frontline,” Sessions said, explaining his inactive status. “It made more sense to have Joakim [ Noah ] out there.”