Michael Beasley on NBA return: 'I'm playing to eat right now'

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Michael Beasley signed a 10-day contract with the Heat on Feb. 26, his third tenure with the team. He knows he’s running out of chances. 

The former second overall pick spoke with the South Florida Sun Sentinel about his return to the NBA. Beasley was drafted by th

e Heat in 2008 and played for them until 2010. He then played for the Timberwolves, Suns and the Heat (again) before heading to the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association.

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“It was a learning experience,” Beasley said of living in China. “You get to learn who you are, who you really are. You don’t really realize that until you’re alone. I’ve never been alone.”

Beasley recognizes his odds of sticking in the NBA are low, and he’s taking this contract with the Heat seriously.

“I’m still the same guy, but it’s desperation for me,” Beasley, 26, said. “This is my last chance, my last shot. It’s either play or sit down and I’m not ready to play at the Y, not ready for open gyms. I’m playing to eat right now, and I got kids. It adds that much more.”

He sized up his situation in even more blunt terms: “My future, my career could be over in three days.”