Kendall Marshall participated in practice today. Link: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-bask...not-ready-play
From the article:Interesting. Very interesting. I bet he plays.Marshall said a five-person committee of himself, his parents, the team trainer and coach Roy Williams will ultimately decide when he is ready to play.
We should have won the game, but it was not a "surprise" to see us play poorly and lose to an inferior team. Now if we had been playing at a consistently high level all year and lost, then sure I would have been "surprised". Did you catch any of the first half of the Miami game at Cameron? This was not like it was the first bad game we played this year. Heck, we barely beat Belmont in Cameron earlier in the year, and we had stretches (whole halfs) in MANY games were we basically just stunk, so why would I be surprised to see us get beat?
What others are doing or where we were seeded has little to zero bearing on the fact that we had demonstrated on mulitple occassions this year to be a really bad team as well as to be a really good team...
We were ranked #3 in the country I believe one week, did you really believe that too?
"Today's the first day he's bounced a ball," Williams said. "It's the first day he's caught a ball. It's the first day that he's shot a ball. We kept him out of all the live stuff. Now we want to see if it bothers him or if it pains him or if it swells up or if his toes curl or whatever happens next. And then tomorrow at shootaround, we'll try to probably do the same thing.
"And then there's two things that have to happen: One, he has to feel comfortable that he's not hurting. And then two, I have to decide, can he be effective in the game with his situation?"
My guess is Kendall Marshall gives it a try
He may give it a go, but again, I just don't see how he can be effective. If he is, then he should be voted on the "Iron Mike Ditka" team...
Anyway, I don't see how KM could be effective against a well-coached team. If he steps on the court, I have to think that Self would have told his players to force him to his right at every opportunity.
Simply put, someone's wrong here: either it is or is not foolish and dangerous for Marshall to play. The issue is either the acute danger to this unusually delicate bone, or Marshall's playing-effectiveness and tolerance for pain.
My only guess is that it's because the status of bone truly isn't changing day by day. It is probably slowly healing, but in the context of a typical course of several weeks, the bone will not meaningfully change from today or tomorrow. Thus, the orthopedist has made his/her assessment for this weekend and it won't change tomorrow. Perhaps the orthopedist has laid out the risks and benefits and is deferring to the "committee" based on that knowledge. If he doesn't play, and UNC continues to the Final Four, the Orthopedist will then reassess.
Or, this could all be wrong.
I don't think he plays. Like Old Navy said, even if he tries to play, the chances of him being effective are small.
Congrats to Captains Amile Jefferson & Quinn Cook. Go lead this team to nets and hardware fellas!