Michael Beasley hits back at narrative that there will be personality problems at the Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have made strides towards competing with the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference by making some great additions to their roster this offseason.

Not only did the Lakers add a superstar in LeBron James, they also added Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and Michael Beasley in free agency.

While these additions aren’t exactly on the same level as the Warriors’ Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, it has helped place the Lakers back into championship contention.

However, there is a worry that the personalities in the team’s locker room could become an issue and affect on-court chemistry amongst the team.

Beasley brushed aside this notion during a recent conference call with ESPN because he believes everyone in the locker room knows how to play basketball and win games on the court.

He said: “For there to even be a narrative of the personalities in this room is judgment enough for me, and I don’t want to be a part of that.

“You being a critic doing your job, [if] everybody do their job and stop judging a lot of players — me mainly — you will figure out that guys like me, Nick Young, JR Smith and Lance Stephenson and guys like that know how to play basketball and win basketball games, know how to get along with others. It is nothing to do with my maturity.”

The 2008 number two overall pick believes the team will come together and that others are wrong to overlook them.

He said: “I think it is going to come together like a basketball team. You got [14] guys other than LeBron James that know how to play basketball, and I think you got 29 teams that [are] overlooking the fact that they know how to play basketball.”

The Lakers wanted to add veteran toughness, playoff experience, defense, basketball IQ and multiple offensive weapons to attack a defense this offseason, and they’ve certainly done this.

The 29-year-old isn’t concerned about the number of minutes he gets for the Lakers next season or the role which he plays. He just wants to help the team win.

Last season for the New York Knicks, Beasley averaged 13.2 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting 50.7 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from behind the 3-point arc.

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