By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Christmas is supposed to be a joyous time for families. However, there are times that relatives pass away right before or on Christmas that makes things tougher each year as time passes on.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Michael Beasley lost his mother, Fatima Smith, on Sunday, She had been dealing with cancer.
“I just wanted to send our love, our thoughts, and our prayers to Michael Beasley and his family,” Lakers head coach Luke Walton said before Sunday’s game with the Memphis Grizzlies. “They’re going through a tough time. But we’re thinking of you, we miss you and we love you.”
Beasley had been away from his teammates since Dec. 8 as he dealt with this family matter. When the Lakers faced the Wizards last week, he attended the game from the suite with his mother.
Then, in the third quarter, he greeted his teammates. It was it mother, who requested for Beasley to go to the game with her. She wanted to see the Lakers play in person, according to ESPN.
He has missed 13 games this season. He signed a one-year deal with the franchise on July 23rd, 2018.
The 29-year-old Cheverly, Maryland native has appeared in 10 games with the Lakers this season. He is averaging 4.4 points, 1.4 rebounds, 0.3 assists, and 0.2 steals.
When he signed with the Lakers, it was his seventh team in the NBA.