Apparently Michael Beasley’s wrist is not broken after all

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In the future, we should note even the most reliable reports out of China need to be taken with grains of salt.

One of those reports was that Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley likely fractured a wrist while in a tournament in China. Turns out there is no fracture, tweeted ESPN’s Ric Bucher.

Report on Michael Beasley breaking wrist in China not accurate, source says. Had doc examine hand in LA today merely as precaution.

So, it sounds like he did injure it, but things are not as severe as reported. Beasley reportedly hurt his wrist during the game but didn’t think it was that bad so participated in a post-game dunk contest, where he aggravated it.

We’d wonder about the severity of the injury and if he would be ready for training camps at the end of the month if we thought training camps would actually open at the end of the month. Sadly, not a big concern.

Also, Paul Pierce shot down the report out of China that he suffered asthma attack in a smoke-filled Chinese arena. Right now, I’m almost willing to question the reports out of China that they have some “great wall.” Just need to be cautious with rumors out of there.

Winderman: Beasley injury could give other players pause


The NBA-headed-overseas movement appears to be at a waiting-to-exhale moment.

For weeks, the “What if?” scenarios of the supposed mass migration were ones mostly reduced to whispers.

What if an NBA player is injured overseas?

What if such an injury impacted an existing contract?

What if overseas insurance doesn’t cover every eventuality?

According to a report from, one roughly translated through the marvel that is Google translate, it seems as if Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley injured his left wrist, perhaps fracturing it, while attempting a few dunks in the wake of an exhibition in China alongside Celtics forward Paul Pierce.

Beasley, who had his moments in the game, with 32 points in a victory, reportedly then sought additional medical treatment in China.

On one hand, this hardly would be a game-changing moment for the Timberwolves, who seemingly have more forwards than David Kahn (or Rick Adelman) apparently know what to do with.

And the love-of-the-game clause in standard NBA contracts allows for players to appear in such exhibitions without the risk of loss of guaranteed salary.

Still, these also are not typical times, with access to team trainers complicated by the lockout.

This is not a moment about Michael Beasley or the Timberwolves or even such exhibition tours, which are typical of most offseasons.

This well could be the moment when those previously so willing to head overseas during the lockout contemplate, give greater reflection to the possibilities of such an injury, weigh risks perhaps not previously considered.

There is little doubt that over his three seasons, Michael Beasley has had a way of getting the NBA to pay attention.

This time, though, it might provide pause to an entire league.

Ira Winderman writes regularly for and covers the Heat and the NBA for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. You can follow him on Twitter at