April 10th, 2013 at 11:03 PM ^

I once prank called a guy in the phone book named Harry Weiner, when I was in middle school.  Cool story bro??  Am I right?!

Also, if Reggie Bush ever has a son, I hope he names him Harry.  If he has a daughter, I hope he names her Anita.

Ok, I've officially managed to channel my inner middle school self.


April 11th, 2013 at 1:09 AM ^

Well we were freshman so we weren't going to Rick's. But that was back when they printed student directories that said your dorm room number, and the day those came out there were literally hundreds of people on our floor coming to see if Mike Hunt was real or not.


April 10th, 2013 at 6:04 PM ^

When you are a lottery pick, you really have to go.  Career-wise, a lottery pick has nothing to gain and all to lose by going back to school.


April 10th, 2013 at 6:42 PM ^

ex-NBA players go bankrupt all the time. Might be nice to be able to fall back on a degree in that situation, is all I mean. I'm not saying he should stay, or that I'll judge him harshly if he doesn't. All I mean to say is that saying that there is literally nothing to gain from staying in school might be false.


April 10th, 2013 at 6:51 PM ^

But people with college degrees go backrupt all the time too, and staying in school an extra year doesn't preclude any player from going bankrupt either.  Although the poster above used the words "nothing to gain" I think you know what he meant.  There is much less to gain, and the risk outweighs the reward.  

If I had an awesome tech idea during my junior year of college and to fully pursue it I needed to drop out, I wouldn't think twice about it.  And if I made a bunch of money pursuing this idea and then I blew it all, that's my fault, and my situation would be negligibly different if I had stayed for my degree.


April 10th, 2013 at 8:28 PM ^

Or, instead of having a degree to fall back on if ythey become bankrupt, how about getting a  business/accounting degree so they know how to better manage that money.  What they learn in college can still have practical applications for an NBA player...


April 10th, 2013 at 6:22 PM ^

Lottery pick money more than makes up for the lack of degree. The point of going to college and getting your degree is to secure a better financial future - and it's not gonna get any better than being a lottery-pick


April 10th, 2013 at 6:29 PM ^

I wonder if athletes who leave early can pay for their remaining credits in advance to lock into the lower tuition rates, because it seems to keep on rising.

On another note, if they aren't going to pay the players, I always thought it would be nice if schools offered athletes who graduated with a certain GPAs the opportunity to get a masters/graduate degree for free or at a discounted cost.


April 11th, 2013 at 8:32 AM ^

Or at least has never said he has AIDS, just that he's HIV positive. What I was trying to do with my post is spark some conversation or get input on thoughts regarding his supposed diagnosis as he's the only person ever publicly profiled to contract HIV, especially during the 90's when treatment options were very limited, and survive while appearing to be relatively healthy for over a decade. Further, HIV typically presents with rapid physical deterioration of muscle accompanied with rapid weight loss. Magic has gained over 100 lbs since being diagnosed. Lastly, his business ventures have flourished since the announcement of his diagnosis. Perhaps it was all a stunt to deceive the public and further some lucrative business ventures. It's all just a bit sketchy to me, especially since he's been accused of fleecing the African American community with some of his business (see ticket prices at theaters that he has placed in African American communities for example). This is what I was implying.


April 14th, 2013 at 12:39 AM ^

Weight gain is actually a common side effect of many antiretrovirals...... you should really read a little before trying to be an armchair doctor. It makes you appear foolish in the eyes of those who actually know about what you're trying to talk about. Your posts are a disrespect to everyone that directly or indirectly has had to deal with this terrible disease. I've seen HIV positive patients of all sizes.


April 10th, 2013 at 6:34 PM ^

My opinion is that if a kids wants to go the NBA, he shouldn't face any backlash from the fanbase. Most guys who stay either want to move up to a higher salary slot (see Trey's rise from mid-low 1st round to potential Top 10 pick this year) or really love college (hopefully see Mitch McGary).


April 10th, 2013 at 6:47 PM ^

I agree with you for the most part - I don't think you can be angry at a player for going pro early.  Just like it was his decision to come to your school, it was his decision to leave.  

However, I don't think you always need to be supportive of it either.  I can think of situations where guys leave when they shouldn't or on bad terms or both to where fans just decide not to root for said player now that he's gone.  

I was upset when Darius Morris left because I thought it was a dumb decision.  I wasn't angry at him, but I decided that I wasn't going to hold him in the same regard as if he had stayed either until he graduated or until he was an actual NBA prospect (not terribly different to how I felt when Manny Harris left, though we weren't as good when he left).  


April 10th, 2013 at 7:20 PM ^

I absolutely see what you're saying and I think in those cases it's because you feel both the team and the player will eventually suffer (which is true in most of these cases). The system has agents, managers, and the like telling fringe prospects "you're definitely going 1st round", they declare and go in the 2nd or undrafted and all those suits disappear as quickly as they arrived.

Not only has the player's school and college team suffered a loss, the player himself was hoodwinked into making a poor decision for his future.

As far as Carter-Williams, it's pretty unanimous he'll be a 1st round pick at the very least, and more than likely a lottery pick.


April 10th, 2013 at 7:56 PM ^

I think Darius's decision was actually a smart one. Please don't disparage him by calling him not an  "actual NBA prospect" when he's been in the league for 2 years now. He's already proven he was an NBA prospect. Keep in mind that Darius Morris made about $1,000,000 over the past 2 years. 


April 10th, 2013 at 7:51 PM ^

I don't think that you can criticize anyone for choosing the NBA versus college. I do think that you can judge the timing of that decision as well as the assessment of how likely they are to be drafted. We've seen several Michigan players like Darius Morris, Manny Harris, Sean Higgins etc make the decision to go early, not get picked in the first round w/ a guaranteed contract and then not stick long or make any impact in the league. If the ultimate goal is to have an NBA career, sometimes you are better off waiting. Trey coming back probably flipped him from a 2nd round pick to a lottery pick. Every year there are guys who go pro and do not get drafted and never play a game in the league. Nothing wrong with wanting to go to the league but there are only a limited number of spots available and a lot of guys are out of the league by 25.


April 10th, 2013 at 7:11 PM ^

Good luck to him. This just goes to show how week this draft class is. I've seen several of his games this year and wasn't all that impressed. He's a good player, but I don't think he would be a top 10 draft pick in an average to solid draft class.


April 10th, 2013 at 7:19 PM ^

First of all, most people don't feel he'll be a top-10 draft pick this year, so although I agree with your last sentence, it's not saying much.  He'll probably be the 3rd or 4th PG drafted.  

But he's another player who will be drafted on potential.  He's a 6'6" PG, which is rare.  Might he have a hard time 1-on-1 defending Chris Paul?  Sure, but Paul will have a tough time with him as well.