Remember when we were arguing with Rutgers bloggers about which athletic director was worse?
I remember last year, after Darius decided to leave Michigan for a shot at an NBA career, many of us made negative comments about his decision. Even though others of us supported his decision (even if when standing in his shoes, we may not have made the same decision), the negativity of the many can still show through.
I remember reading a DMo quote last year in reference to the negative feedback he received from fans. I don't have a link from last year, but I remember our then incoming point guard, Trey Burke, seeking out DMo for advice in regards to playing the point-guard position at Michigan. DMo (in so many words) told him to be careful, because the fans at Michigan are fickle and will turn on a player in a heartbeat. I agree. As a fanbase, we can be very fickle. In fact most or all fanbases are.
Fast forward a year, and Trey Burke is now considering the nba draft and once again is seeking out DMO's opinions. I admittedly have not lately kept up on the comments here in re Burke, but a quick scan of many of them show that most of us are calm as he "tests the water." Will we remain calm if he decides to leave? I hope so, but I fear--based on the aftermath of DMo's decision--we may not.
We obviously want Burke back, because we want Michigan to continue to do well and to experience more success. Despite our wishes though, he is trying to make a life/career decision. Whatever that decision may be, we only hurt our reputation (as Michigan fans) if we don't unconditionally support Burke. He's part of the Michigan family, and he therefore deserves our support for the hard work he has put in to help make us champions once again in basketball. Burke, like DMo, has raised the bar at Michigan, making it better than when he first found it.
Here's what Burke recently heard from DMo:
1) in re nba evaluations, "get honest opinions . . . It's exciting, but at the same time, it's a very delicate process because a lot of thoughts are going through your head and you want to gather the best information you can to make a very important decision."
2) in re disclosing his decision, "keep it (to himself) because outsiders will have their opinions. They'll say he's selfish, but you can't fault him for trying to see where he stands."
3) in re success at the nba draft, "there's a lot of politics in the NBA [draft] . . . It's totally unpredictable."
4) in re to his own decision last year, "I have no regrets — none at all. I did all I wanted to do at U-M, which was to rebuild the program and put it on the right foot and leave things better than when I got there."
These are most (but not of all) of the quotes from todays article in the Detroit News (http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120324/SPORTS0201/203240321/1131/sports0201/Darius-Morris-advising-Michigan-guard-Trey-Burke-NBA-decision )
We may not agree with Burke's ultimate decision, but we can still choose to be a fanbase classier than most/all of the rest. Staying positive under these circumstances isn't easy. We naturally worry about the short-term situation, but Beilein has the long-term situation taken care of. I have no doubt that he will continue to grow the point-guard legacy at Michigan no matter what Burke decides. No one player is greater than the team, and no one team is greater than the program. We got this.