Boston swingman Bill Walker played one year at Kansas State with Michael Beasley and the two are close friends. Walker said he is confident his buddy will return stronger after a recent stint in a rehabilitation center.
"I talked to him before he went in and I don't think he has a problem at all," Walker said. "He probably made the wrong choice with that picture leaked on the Internet somehow. It was a bad choice. I think he's paid for it and I think it will just make him better. He's one of those guys who's highly motivated. People have criticized him his whole life, about him being lazy when he was coming up. He's not a lazy guy at all.
"This is really going to light a fire under him. I'm looking forward to seeing him play."
Walker, who left Kansas State after his freshman year, said adjusting to NBA life is not as easy as it is perceived.
"I'm 21 and he's 20, we're not as mature as we want to be," he said. "We're in a situation where we're in a man's game. It might take something like (rehabilitation) for a guy to mature fast. Hopefully this is what it is and a tool he is going to use."