"My rule was I wouldn't recruit a kid if he had grass in front of his house.
That's not my world. My world was a cracked sidewalk." —Al McGuire

Friday, July 22, 2005

Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed works.

Gordon Gekko's quintessential 80's movie line still rings true with many kids trying to make their way to the NBA. Randolph Morris, Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Roberson, Matt Walsh and a host of other talented but not-ready-for-primetime-players sidetracked their careers by letting their dreams of big bucks skew the reality of their situation.

Coach Crean is quoted in this lengthy article by Michael Smith at the Louisville Courier-Journal (which curiously does not address the wisdom of recent Pitino signees Donta Smith or Amir Johnson in an article that appeared one month later than it should have).

TC reflects on how he and Dwyane Wade worked through the process of considering early entry:

When Dwyane Wade exited Marquette, Crean's contacts were unanimous that the star guard would go in the lottery, which he did.

"As Dwyane got better and better, the more we talked about shrinking the circle," Crean said, referring to an athlete's circle of friends. "Kids these days want to ignore the nine people who tell them no and listen to the 10th guy, who tells them yes. They know what they want to hear, but you've got to be honest with yourself.

"You've got to remember that there's a ton of opinion-givers but just a few opinion-makers."

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