Good thing there's a lockout, at least in one respect:

It's keeping the Wolves from having to comment on or deal with Michael Beasley issues.

First, there was June's traffic stop during which Beasley was ticketed for marijuana possession.

On Thursday night, Beasley pushed a taunting fan in the face during a streetball tournament game at Dyckman Park in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood.

Or as that fan said, Beasley "mushed" him.

Here's a couple looks at it on video:


And from a Twitvid user named K.D.

You can't hear in either one Beasley reportedly yelling, "I get paid for this." as he approaches a group of fans at one court's end during a game in which Oklahoma City star and childhood friend Kevin Durant also played.

In the Twitvid one, though, you can hear someone say, "He can't do that," and it sounds like someone else says, "Yeah, that's a lawsuit."

We'll see.

In other news...

As it stands now, the Timberwolves will interview Sam Mitchell on Monday and Larry Brown on Wednesday.

Those probably are the final two interviews in the first part of this coaching-hire process.

If those indeed are the last two, that puts the interview total number at 6 1/2, or well under the official Vegas line of eight set when this whole process began.

For those keeping score at home the six are Terry Porter, Mike Woodson, Bernie Bickerstaff, Don Nelson, Mitchell and Brown and the half is Rick Adelman, who didn't interview in person but discussed the job by phone.

Mitchell's inclusion late in the process is an interesting one, and one to watch because of his relationship with owner Glen Taylor from when Mitchell played for the Wolves a decade ago.



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