MIAMI (AP) -Michael Beasley has big plans for All-Star weekend, including getting to his old home court in time to watch Kansas State play rival Kansas.
First, though, will be a trip to Phoenix - for the NBA's rookie challenge.
Beasley was the lone Miami Heat player selected for the game between the league's top rookies and sophomores, something he said was disappointing. He hoped that fellow rookie Mario Chalmers and second-year player Daequan Cook would be joining him in Phoenix for the Feb. 13 contest, but neither got enough votes from the league's assistant coaches.
``Honestly, I thought they were both a lock, a shoo-in,'' Beasley said. ``The year Mario is having, I thought there was no question. He played great against Derrick Rose. He played great against Russell Westbrook. And Daequan deserved to go. At least, that's what I think.''
ane Wade - who will help coach the rookie squad, alongside sophomore coach Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic.
``I thought they would have a chance,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Chalmers and Cook. ``It's tough. I know it would have meant a lot for the two of them. It's a tough process. I hate even getting involved in it. I get so many things in the mail, people politicking for their players, agents, people from other teams. I don't really like the whole process.''
Cook entered Wednesday's game against the Washington Wizards as Miami's fifth-leading scorer at 10.4 points per game, plus has hit 42 percent of his shots from 3-point range. He entered the night with 99 makes from 3-point range this season, fifth-best in the league.
Chalmers, the Heat starter at point guard, is averaging 9.5 points, 4.6 assists and 1.8 steals for Miami. Chalmers ranks seventh in the NBA in steals per game.
``I think both of them have good enough numbers to be there,'' said Beasley, who plans to leave Phoenix quickly and get to Manhattan, Kan. - where he spent last year with Kansas State - in time for the Feb. 14 game between the Wildcats and the defending national champion Jayhawks.
and Portland's Rudy Fernandez at forward; and centers Marc Gasol of Memphis, Brook Lopez of New Jersey and Portland's Greg Oden.
``I'm disappointed,'' Chalmers said. ``I thought I was going to make it. Everybody said my chances were going to be pretty good, but it didn't turn out that way.''
The sophomore team has Houston's Aaron Brooks and Detroit's Rodney Stuckey at guard; the Los Angeles Clippers' Al Thornton, Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young, New York's Wilson Chandler, Houston's Luis Scola and Oklahoma City teammates Kevin Durant and Jeff Green at forward; and Atlanta's Al Horford at center.
``I'm fine. It's over,'' Cook said.
Advertisement

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Trail Blazers vs. Grizzlies Prediction After they were beaten soundly last night in Milwaukee, will the Trail Blazers rebound with an upset win over the Grizzlies tonight in...
Thumbnail Warriors vs. Jazz Pick Will the Golden State Warriors run into any trouble when they hit the road tonight to face the Utah Jazz tonight at...
Thumbnail Heat vs. Hawks Prediction Are the Miami Heat a solid underdog play tonight in Atlanta when they visit the Hawks at 7:30PM ET?
Thumbnail Pistons vs. Hornets Pick Can the Charlotte Hornets keep the Detroit Pistons from winning back-to-back games when the two meet up tonight at...
Thumbnail Cleveland could face short-handed scenario The Cavaliers have won seven straight meetings against the Knicks. But can the defending champs keep the magic going tonight in spite of a slew of bumps and...

NBA Team Pages