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Competition among friends

Posted By Jessica Camerato On March 18, 2009 @ 10:47 pm In General | 2 Comments

Bill Walker [1] and Michael Beasley were more than roommates at Kansas State. They were each other’s toughest competition.

‘€œOh man, we competed at everything,’€ Walker recalled earlier this season. ‘€œOn the basketball side, out of basketball, video games, we competed in every thing. Everything was a competition.’€

On Wednesday night the rookies faced off as Walker and the Boston Celtics [2] took on Beasley and the Miami Heat [3]. (RECAP HERE [4]) Just like their friendship, the game was a back and forth battle. But it still doesn’t compare to their one-on-one games back in college.

‘€œThat’s probably the most intense basketball I’ve played in my life,’€ Beasley said. ‘€œWhen he won, I didn’t want to leave. And I when I won, he’s not leaving. So sometimes you could win three or four straight and he just won’t quit, or vice versa. I remember there were times we were in the gym until four or five o’clock in the morning just playing one-on-one.’€

Walker dubbed Beasley, ‘€œThe Beast from the East,’€ and the two saw everything has a chance to win. Little things walking to the car became a race. Game days were another opportunity to one up each other.

‘€œHonestly, we prepared for a game by bringing our Xbox into the locker room and then playing games until pregame stuff,’€ Beasley said. ‘€œWe’d always play as ourselves and be Kansas State versus Kansas State.’€

Their must-win mentalities pushed one another to become better than they were before.

‘€œIt teaches you a lot about yourself,’€ said Walker. ‘€œEspecially when you go up against somebody that’€™s just as competitive as you are and he’€™s skilled in the same manner you are, that really challenges you.’€


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