Mother of Lakers' Michael Beasley dies after battle with cancer

LOS ANGELES -- Michael Beasley's mother, Fatima Smith, died Sunday after a battle with cancer.

Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton used his pregame media remarks before tipoff against the Memphis Grizzlies to send a message to his grieving player.

"I just wanted to send our love, our thoughts and our prayers to Michael Beasley and his family," Walton said. "They're going through a tough time. But we're thinking of you, we miss you, and we love you."

Beasley, 29, shared a photo of his mother on Instagram on Sunday morning and captioned the photo with an emoji of an angel.

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Last week, with the Lakers in Washington to play the Wizards, Beasley and his mother attended the game and watched the first half from a suite before Beasley emerged from the tunnel early in the third quarter to greet his teammates, whom he has not been with since Dec. 8 while tending to his family.

Beasley, a native of Prince George's County, Maryland, was in the area as the Lakers' four-game road trip rolled through the nation's capital. He went to the game at his mother's request, according to a team spokeswoman, because his mom wanted to see the Lakers play in person.

Sunday marked the 13th game this season Beasley did not play in because of personal reasons.