by Brett Edwards and Craig Kwasniewski
Time to dust off another edition of "Quick Hits" for the the whole Kevin Durrant controversy with Kobe Bryant, Danny Ainge and Michael Jordan. Just to refresh your memory, Quick Hits are some brief comments on a hot topic... basically it's watercooler talk. This time Craig will lead off and Brett will respond:
You know all the recent rash of accusations of NBA people speaking to college kids?
Big Effin Deal!
The players are aleady in college, so there's no recruiting. There's an NBA Draft, so there's no NBA team recruitment. It's not like GM's are getting inside info on these players because EVERYONE knows about them. It's not like there's some secret scouting going on. By now if the NBA GM's haven't seen or reviewed a player, well then they're stupid and their name is Mitch Kupchak. We all know that these players are leaving early, so there's no added pressure and they're not in classes anyway.
So again, what's all the fuss?
I agree 100 percent. It's not like the college players don't know, within one or two spots, EXACTLY where they would be drafted if they came out early. The amount of information available to them regarding their draft position is ridiculously plentiful, and MJ saying he'd draft you isn't going to make you come out any earlier unless you're guaranteed lottery pick money. I honestly have no idea why we are fining NBA executives for doing their jobs, which is scouting college players and answering the media's questions regarding those players.