ORLANDO, Fla. — Michael Beasley stood in the doorway to the gym an hour before game time, iPod in his left hand, head bobbing slightly as he chatted with new Miami Heat teammate Mario Chalmers.
He was the picture of cool.
And on the court, his demeanor didn't change much.
If Beasley was the tiniest bit anxious about his first pro outing — one that came against the Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose, the only player selected before him in last month's NBA draft — he hid the nerves perfectly. Beasley scored 28 points in 23 minutes, lifting Miami past Chicago 94-70 Monday in the Orlando Summer League opener for both teams.
It was the ninth-highest scoring performance in Orlando Summer League history, and true to his form, Beasley wasn't the least bit impressed.
"Could have played better,” Beasley said. "Could have got a couple more assists, made a couple extra passes, got a couple more rebounds, could have got a couple stops early on.”
He was 9-for-21 from the field, with nine rebounds and 19 points in the second half — matching the total that Bulls forwards Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas, both second-year NBA pros, managed in the entire game.