ORLANDO, Fla. Michael Beasley stood in the doorway to the gym an hour before gametime, 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 on 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," he 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 players, managed in the entire game. The Bulls started with Thomas guarding Beasley, switched to put Noah on him midway through the first quarter, and neither had much of an answer.
"He's a great player on the pick-and-roll, and he's going to be someone who'll be very tough to guard," Noah said. "I mean, I was very impressed. He was very comfortable in everything that he wanted to do and he did a great job."
Meanwhile, Rose had some moments, but simply never took over the game offensively the way Beasley did.
The guard who spearheaded Memphis' run to the NCAA title game this past season finished with 10 points on 3-for-8 shooting, with four assists and five turnovers mostly while being guarded by Chalmers, who hit the big shot as Kansas beat Rose's Tigers in overtime in that national championship game.
"We didn't win," Rose said, "so I think I played horrible. But tomorrow's a new day."
BROWN RARING TO GO: Many NBA head coaches let their assistants run the summer rookie and free agent minicamp.
Not Larry Brown.
Brown will continue his active offseason since taking over his record ninth NBA team when the Charlotte Bobcats open a four-day summer camp here Tuesday ahead of the team's participation in the Las Vegas summer league.
"He's so excited. He can't wait," said Buzz Peterson, the Bobcats' director of player personnel. "He'll be hands on in practices and everything."
Brown completed his coaching staff on Monday by hiring his older brother, Herb. As the Browns and assistants Jeff Capel, Phil Ford and Dave Hanners made their way to the desert later Monday, Peterson was completing the 18-man summer camp roster.
It includes rookie draft picks D.J. Augustin, Alexis Ajinca and Kyle Weaver. Last year's picks Jared Dudley and Jermareo Davidson and restricted free agent Ryan Hollins will also participate.
The roster has a Carolinas flavor. Undrafted rookies Kyle Visser of Wake Forest, Kyle Hines of UNC Greensboro, James Mays of Clemson, Brandon Wallace of South Carolina and Winston-Salem native Othello Hunter of Ohio State will all play for Brown this week.
Veterans Raymond Felton, Gerald Wallace and Jason Richardson could all make appearances for individual workouts. All will be trying to make a good early impression with Brown, while the Hall of Fame coach is eager to erase the ugly memories of his last job.
Brown's two-year absence from coaching after a disastrous 23-59 season in New York was his longest layoff since he started his career with the ABA's Carolina Cougars in 1972.
JEFFERSON LIKES TRADE: Yi Jianlian didn't want to play in Milwaukee. The man he was traded for insists he does.
The Bucks introduced Richard Jefferson on Monday after acquiring him from New Jersey on draft day in a trade for Bobby Simmons and the young Chinese star, who was the No. 6 pick last year.
The second-leading scorer in Nets history was surprised by the trade.
"I didn't know anything was going on and then the next thing I know my phone didn't stop ringing for about a week," he said. "When this happened I was upset, but after calming down and evaluating everything I became excited."
Jefferson said he has nothing against the city that Yi was reluctant to play in.
"It was nothing about Milwaukee," he said. "I could've been traded to Boston. I could've been traded to L.A. I could've been traded anywhere.
"It wasn't about the city. It was about that feeling of rejection by the team that traded for you on draft day seven years ago. But when that happened, I didn't want to go to New Jersey either."