Letters to the Editor

Wishful advice

July 2, 2008


To the editor:

The NBA draft last week was very disappointing to our national champion Kansas University basketball team players and fans. We had all assumed that those professional teams would see the great value of our heroes and quickly snap them up.

As Darrell Arthur and Mario Chalmers, along with their extended families and fans, waited through round after round of embarrassing rejections, we were all stunned at how far our heroes had fallen. This was to be the defining moment in the lives of these two young men, their lifelong dreams of being famous and wealthy athletes were slowly becoming less certain.

Hadn't they just recently received fame and national recognition from their brilliant victory over Memphis? Everyone loved them. Now, our darlings were being disrespected on national TV. We were infuriated. How could this happen to our wonderful kids?

What had happened was bad advice and hopeful wishing from those closest to these young men. It is now obvious in hindsight that they both would have greatly benefited from completing their college careers. More experience, coaching and conditioning would have greatly improved their value to the pros.

Even the man who had recruited them gave them advice to the effect that if you are sure that you'll be drafted in the first round, then go for it. Coach Self was in many ways advising against his and KU's interests, but he, as always, was considering his "boys" best interests along with their career choices. A good lesson for the future!

Richard M. Hassur,


Speakout 9 years, 11 months ago

Most national championship teams like the 1979 Michigan State win was due mostly to one player, in that case, Magic Johnson. There was no one outstanding player at KU last year, the whole team was the outstanding player. Since the NBA could not draft all of them at once, they took the best players from other, losing, teams to include in their roster. We all could argue that Chalmers was excellent, oh, wait, look what Shady has done, but wait a minute Rush is hot, but wait a second, and on and on.The travisty of the draft was that JR Giddens, a once Jayhawk who left under a questionable situation, was drafted higher than Chalmers. Believe me, the Celtics missed the better player and better person.

Confrontation 9 years, 11 months ago

I'm sure Arthur will regret making $800,000 per year. It's going to be really tough for him ;) It sounds like Chalmers is heading towards a contract, so I don't think he'll be crying too much. I'd give up my college degrees for $800,000 per year.

ramsrevenge 9 years, 11 months ago

Nice letter...NERD! These guys will have million dollar contracts in the next few years. Don't think they'll be complaining. Dick's lesson for the future...do not submit any more unintelligent letters. Idiot.

Kookamooka 9 years, 11 months ago

It's funny but Paul Pierce wasn't the big standout in that season's draft and look what he's done. This was a big year for he and his Celtics as they won it all and he was MVP. Growth can occur in lots of places, at KU and in the NBA. These young men are just getting started. They'll prove their worth. There's no place for them to go but up and that's better than starting at the top and slipping to a long, slow descent. Go get'm boys!

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