LOS ANGELES — Michael Beasley’s mom, Fatima Smith, died Sunday after a battle with cancer.
Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton used his pregame media remarks earlier than tipoff towards the Memphis Grizzlies to ship a message to his grieving participant.
“I simply wished to ship our love, our ideas and our prayers to Michael Beasley and his household,” Walton stated. “They are going by means of a troublesome time. However we’re pondering of you, we miss you and we love you.”
Beasley, 29, shared a photograph of his mom on his Instagram on Sunday morning and captioned the photograph with an emoji of an angel.
Final week, with the Lakers in Washington to play the Wizards, Beasley and his mom attended the sport and watched the primary half from a collection earlier than Beasley emerged from the tunnel early within the third quarter to greet his teammates, whom he has not been with since Dec. eight whereas tending to his household.
Beasley, a local of Prince George’s County, Maryland, was within the space because the Lakers’ four-game highway journey rolled by means of the nation’s capital. He went to the sport at his mom’s request, in accordance to a crew spokeswoman, as a result of his mother wished to see the Lakers play in individual.
Sunday marked the 13th recreation this season Beasley didn’t play in as a result of of private causes.