Good stuff. Comedy gold.
I wish the events of 37:18 really happened.......
As with Harrison Barnes, I am SO glad that this kid went somewhere other than Duke. This is not the kind of individual we want associated with the program, where teamwork is valued over self aggrandization.
Scientist, warrior, poet....er...scratch the last one!
If Parker had picked Duke after all that, would Coach K have taken him?
Similarly, is it possible that K would say something to the effect that "if you commit to us that means no confetti, ticker-tape parade, choreographed flash mob, etc"? (Maybe not)
Or is it more likely that players that want to play at Duke probably are also the type of people that don't want confetti, parades, and choreographed dance sequences in their dedication?
In some ways, I feel bad for Tony Parker. There is no way to live up to his own hype, even if it is self generated.
As a dad, one of the things I'm gonna to try hard to teach me kids is not to overestimate their own importance to the rest of the world. Tony Parker is but one of many who has fallen prey to that indulgence.
Charles Barkley: "I'm not a role model."
I get what he was saying in general ("Parents, it's up to YOU, not us..."), but whether they like it or not, professional athletes ARE MOST DEFINITELY role models.
These kids are simply creating their own little "Lebron James/The Decision" moments at their own peril. Hell, the media does a good enough job setting unrealistic expectatations for these kids to meet. Now the kids are turning the volume knob to "Eleven" on their own hype. Good luck living up to it!
By "Lebroning," the kids set it up to where if they become a superstar, they will have MET expectations. Really no way to exceed them. Just not smart.
More likely coach K would have already told him not to come after those comments, without fanfare so as not to embarrass the young man or fuel the Duke myths. Just a personal opinion, no insider knowledge.
We have to remember these are just kids and they make mistakes. Reggie Bullock seems to have learned from his. Maybe this big kid will mature along the way too.
I'm shocked that no one has compared Tony's decision to Jimmy Clausen's...
Just look at all the parallels...
Because of how things went with Barnes - the continued and continual self-promotion - I did find him an interesting study. I didn't see anything this off-putting coming from Parker, although I suppose in retrospect the several delays might have been some signal. I thought, and think, him a promising player. His bumbling public comments in the past month or two about Duke didn't quite jibe with the rather pleasant fellow I heard interviewed some months back.
Just my hunch, but the proliferation of offers that quickly followed for the 2013 class was at least in part motivated by the drawn-out experience with TP.