Just sat down at the overpriced airport bar in PHX. None other than Chris Webber happens to be sitting a seat away from me. The lady in between us started gabbing, clearly having no idea who he was, and ruining my chance to shoot the sh*t with one of my favorite players of all time. I was also contemplating asking him to get Amir Williams to sign on with Beilein, but wasn't sure how high that would rise on the awkward meter.
To the point, he told clueless lady that he had just finished speaking to high school athletes about believing in themselves and making good choices. They got to talking about how to help underprivileged kids, and I was really impressed at how passionate he was about the subject. You could tell he wasn't just making small talk. He really believed what he was saying. It made me think about how tough his childhood must've been, and how hurtful a lot of the flack he's taken over he years must be. The guy clearly has a good heart, but just made a few bad choices as a kid. It was the greedy/abusive/conniving adults around him that should've been looked down upon, not some underprivileged kid who was put in a tough position.
More broadly, it made me realize the whole system (NCAA/Athletic Departments/Boosters) is chocked full of self-interested adults and somehow immature teenagers end up taking a lot of the blame. It's just sickening.