Gorgeous long read. Triumphs and tragedies of young American coaching pickup basketball team in Jalalabad. Starts well. Team thrives, gets invited to tournament in Kabul. Then the problems start. Small ones first, lethal ones later.
I hate to take a cynical note on this, but I don’t think Mark Emmert, the president of the NCAA, or anyone else in the NCAA really cares about young men going to college—or at least attending college classes. I think what they care about is whether or not these young men play college basketball, and I think what they would like is to have the NBA’s cooperation in doing anything they can to keep boys playing college basketball for as long as they can.
The simple reality is that most basketball and football players who wind up in the pros had little or no interest in going to college in the first place. They want to be first in line for the professional drafts that will take them away from the world of amateur sham, very reasonably wanting their talents to produce revenue for themselves and their families instead of university athletic departments. Now, when the boys are in the best position to make that pay for them, colleges pretending to show some concern.
“It makes a travesty,” said Emmert, “of the whole notion of student as an athlete.” One might call that poetic justice since for nearly a century colleges have been making a travesty of the notion of athlete as student.
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Wow, man wins how many consecutive games and after one loss the cleverly racist headline gets pulled out? What fickle, ignorant times we live in.
Happy 49th birthday MJ. (Walter Iooss/SI)
“Hi, I’m Canadian celebrity, Steve Nash.”
- Kobe Bryant, following his 48 point effort against the Suns last night, in response to this.
Sports Illustrated’s annual college basketball season preview hits the newsstands tomorrow. Here is a look at some covers from years past. (Georgetown, Larry Bird - Lane Stewart/SI; Pete Maravich - Richard Meek/SI)
PHOTO GALLERY: SI’s College Basketball Previews Through The Years
Derrick Fisher, if you ruin this for me, I swear to God…
Talks have broken down in the CBA negotiations, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.