Michael Beasley Out of Rehab on Michael Beasley in Rehab

Michael Beasley talked to the press today for the first time since his elongated rehabilitation saga.

He made several points, including:

  • His suicidal sounding tweets were not, he says, anything more than a reaction to word that his rehabilitation had been extended.

  • He says he is neither addicted to drugs nor depressed.

  • As for the "baggies" in that photo, he says he has no idea what was in them -- he was merely present to get a tattoo.

Beasley also sounds ready to play basketball.

Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel reports:

"Later for the immaturity. Later for me blaming it on my age," he said. "I've come to realize I'm a professional, no matter if I'm 38, no matter if I'm 19 or 20. I'm a professional."

He insisted he has grown from the experience.

"I think, over this past year, I've gotten caught up in the NBA life, as most of us do," he said. "I think this gave me the perfect opportunity to just sit down and evaluate my life and get the good separated from the bad.

"But I'm ready to start the season. I'm in the best shape of my life. I gained 10 pounds. I can run for days right now. I'm just ready to start training camp."