C.S. Lewis wrote in The Problem of Pain: “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” In reading that Danny Green is trying to make it through the Orlando NBA Draft Camp on a sprained ankle, I can’t help but think that maybe Someone is trying to tell Danny something. [UPDATE: Add hip and elbow injuries to the tally.] Continue reading
I stayed up earlier in the week to hear the end of the 11 inning matchup against Virginia that didn’t start until around 10 pm. It stinks to stay up that late and then lose a close game that basically came down to errors and stranded baserunners. Add to all that the new law practice, my two troublesome daughters and the celebration of my 10th wedding anniversary, and the result is: I’m tired.
If you’re like me, you love NCAA men’s basketball. If you read this blog, you’re probably a Carolina fan, which means you also value the inside shot, team defense, class, character and unselfish play. In short, you probably have little use for the NBA, except to follow the careers of the numerous Carolina Alumni in the Association.
I had a moment of clarity the other day, though, driving home and listening to David Glenn and Hayes Permar on WRBZ’s 3-6 show, when a caller said that he didn’t care if the NBA shrivelled up and died. For a split second, I thought, “Right on, man.” But then I thought, “Whoa, buster. Let’s think this through.”
You see, we here at BBE are macroeconimic junkies. We like to think in the aggregrate — see the big picture, as it were — and it occurs to me that the failure of the NBA as a viable and lucrative career for prospective professional athletes would be the death of college basketball as we know it.
Think about it. With no NBA cash to look forward to, thousands of talented athletes might choose football, baseball (baseball? really? … Yes. Really.) and — gasp — even lesser sports like hockey, soccer, or track and field in which to make their living. This flight of talent from college basketball would set it back 40 years… permanently. Now, certainly there are always going to be athletic guys that love basketball and just want that free college ride, but that is a different caliber athlete than that to which we have become accustomed at CAROLINA.
So I say: hooray NBA! May you continue to attract the attention and dollars of thousands of big-city socialites and deep-pockets. Please continue to line the pockets of the dozens of Carolina alumni on your rosters, benches and front offices. Sell ad revenue for NBC and it’s related cable networks (or whoever has the rights these days). Of course, I won’t be watching. But maybe someone else will.
Long live Carolina. God Save the NBA.
Inside Carolina is reporting that Wesley Flagg has been dismissed from the football program for violating team rules.
This bugs the crap out of me. Flagg started at the beginning of last year at middle linebacker. I know he lost the starting spot, but he was a valuable special teams member and added experience and depth on defense. And now he’s gone. Yet another in a long line of otherwise talented players that have not been able to keep their nose clean and stay on the team.
I blame no one but the player in these instances, but it is frustrating as heck to see our program hamstrung year after year by unnatural attrition from bad behavior and poor decision-making. No one can prevent injuries, and even the hardest working student can be forced to transfer if the school work is too hard, but the “team rules” are advertised, harped on, and drilled in to such an extent that it is inexplicable to me why we seem to have this problem every year.
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Alex Stepheson has announced that he is transferring from UNC to be closer to his family. Alex will be sorely missed. (As if we needed another reason to be happy about PsychoT coming back…) Alex was really starting to come into his own as a defender, shot blocker, and emerging offensive threat. He is going to be a really good player. BBE wishes Alex and his family all the best.