"I want to be MVP, no disrespect to nobody," Beasley said. "I don't ever want to be second best. I feel I can walk down those steps to the locker room and be better than everybody else . . . I think going for rookie of the year is selling myself short."
For the record, two players have won the MVP award as rookies: Wilt Chamberlain (1959-60) and Wes Unseld (1968-69). Chamberlain (37.6 ppg, 27.0 rpg) led the Warriors to a 17-game turnaround, to 49 wins, while Unseld (13.8 ppg, 18.2 rpg) helped the Bullets go from 36 to 57 victories. The Heat won 15 games last season.
• At the start of his career, Beasley isn't joking around (Washington Post)