Beasley says he has something to prove

Published: 12/24/2008 11:54 PM

There will be no shortage of storylines involving Derrick Rose and the Miami Heat when the Bulls visit South Florida on Friday.

Michael Beasley wants to show the Bulls he should have been the No. 1 draft pick, Dwyane Wade thinks Rose is more advanced at the same age, while former Kansas point guard Lionel Chalmers might still be wondering why he was relegated to the second round of the draft.

Rose and Beasley were the only two candidates the Bulls considered for No. 1 pick in June, and in the final analysis, Rose was an easy choice. But Beasley is free to use the snub as personal motivation if he chooses.

"I've been thinking about this game for a long time, just because they didn't pick me," he said Wednesday after the Heat practiced in Miami. "It's nothing against them, it's natural. It's competitive nature. I mean, I think that should be on everybody that didn't go No. 1 and everybody that didn't go No. 2 or 3.

"Me, personally, it's my competitive nature. But me and Derrick Rose, that's irrelevant. It's me and Chicago, Miami and Chicago."

Beasley, a Baltimore native, understood that Rose had the hometown advantage going for him.

"When it comes down to it," Beasley said, "if the Wizards had the first pick, I'd be pretty upset if they didn't pick me - hometown kid, great player, good all-around guy."

Wade, a Chicago-area native who leads the NBA in scoring, heaped plenty of praise on Rose.

"Derrick Rose, he's taken the league by storm with his athletic ability," Wade said. "I mean, he's one of the best penetrators, finishers, that the league has already. A game that's on ESPN, because of him and Beasley, first and second pick - I'm sure he wants to live up to the hype. It's going to be a great challenge."

As far as making comparisons, Wade admitted he sees plenty of himself in Rose, who is probably an inch or two shorter.

"I think he's a little more athletic than me," Wade said. "He's kind of like me when I came into the league. He's an attacker. He's a strong penetrator. He throws his body in there. He's a great finisher, as well. I think he's a little more athletic than I was in my rookie year, just how quick he gets off his feet and how high he jumps."

One Miami player Rose has seen before is Chalmers. They matched up in last year's NCAA title game, with Kansas beating Memphis in overtime after Chalmers buried a game-tying 3-pointer over Rose with 2.1 seconds left in regulation.

"You could say (there's a rivalry)," Chalmers said. "Off the court, we're still real good friends. I think all the rookies are like that."