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cbertsch
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Now Is Better Than Never
Although it makes me sad to realize that what could have been will never be, I can't blame Cal's Leon Powe for deciding that he needs to make the leap to the NBA this year. Given his history of serious injuries, he probably feels he needs to go now while the going is good. Not to mention that some superb high school players who were barred from growing pro this year with the league's new age requirement will be sure to make next year's draft a hard one to stand out within. So I wish you well, Leon. Go, Bear, though it hurts to say. Go, Bear!

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frostedfuckhead From: frostedfuckhead Date: May 24th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

yeah

i'm inclined to agree. you can't really blame the kid for that sort of decision. the risk of injury makes the gamble too great.

i wonder if predictablilty of this has affected the way colleges recruit -- it may be best to sign a few midrange prospects who will be around for four years than a guy who's likely to bail after one or two seasons.

team chemistry is really huge in basketball, and guys who have been playing together for a long time have a big advantage...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 24th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: yeah

I think it has affected recruitment, actually. As far as Powe goes, not only does he have a history of injury, he also has no family to fall back on for anything. And he's close to graduating and will probably finish, given his work ethic. I do think most players benefit from staying in school more, a la Tim Duncan. But two years of being one's team's go-to-guy, facing constant double-teams, is like staying three or four years when the first two are as a supporting player.
kolakoski From: kolakoski Date: May 25th, 2006 06:00 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I think Mason's run in the tournament this year is a testament to the team chemistry that develops when players stick around for four years.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 25th, 2006 06:37 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Absolutely. But in this case, I have to resign myself to reality. While we were watching the Suns game tonight Skylar asked me to explain the difference between college and professional basketball again, then remembered an earlier conversation. "Is Powe going to try be a professional next year?" I told her that he had just decided to make the leap. "Then the Bears are going to slide way down, aren't they?" I told her it was likely, but not a sure thing. "I bet Number 1 will be their best player without Powe on the team." That's Ayinde Ubaka's number. I guess she was paying closer attention than I'd thought. . .
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