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“People probably have the wrong perception of me and what happened because the story that’s out there is not the truth,” Kabongo told SNY.tv after his Orlando Summer League debut with the Miami Heat on Monday afternoon in a 69-59 loss to the Utah Jazz.
“No one really knows the story unless I say it and I don’t think it’s important because the people that were involved are the people that know the story. They know what it is. What the media thinks, I’m not really concerned with that. The people that know me know what kind of person I am. That’s behind me and I’m just concerned with getting better.”
Yeah the fans and supporters of your university don't deserve to know why you helped ruin our season.
He needs to quit trying to explain things that can't be undone no matter what he says. Instead, he should be focused on how he is ever going to have a pro career.
Jim Deshaies, former Astros pitcher and TV announcer, used to have an interesting comment about young baseball players who had early success in the majors. He said that people always say that young players "will only get better" as if it is some kind of rule. There are no guarantees that young players will continue to improve. Everybody peaks at some point. For some, it comes at 25, while for others it is at 18.
Having watched Kabongo play since his Las Vegas prep school days, I question whether he is any better now than he was at 16.
We know he's a liar.
Signatures are stupid. You should block them.
Up vote for you bierce for a basketball related post in the summertime ... down vote in my heart for said would be player ... what a waste! What a great nickname "El Kabongo!" could have been for all time!
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Never gonna understand how Texas basketball fans turned against Myck so hard and so fast.
For the record, I haven't turned on him. I wish him the best. But he's a liar and not talented enough to get drafted. Them's the facts.
He lied to the NCAA investigators. That's not the same connotation as "he's a liar."
And then the NCAA was harder on Myck for a lying about a workout than they were on Oregon for buying recruits.
In the words of NWA, "fuck tha [NCAA] police"
For me, I am neither for nor against him. It is just clear to me that he would have rather been elsewhere. Also, the way he handled the summer workout issue at the time, and subsequently, does perhaps tend to reflect on his character a bit, or if that is too critical, then perhaps we can agree that it reflects on his lack of maturity. Kevin Durant was only here for a year, but he embraced the experience and his time here. Of course, KD is one of a kind, so instead, consider Damion James. He originally planned to go elsewhere, but he came to Texas, worked hard, had some issues along the way, worked on those issues, and had a fairly productive four years at Texas. I think it is well known that Damion came from some difficult circumstances, so it is pretty easy to remember him well. Justin Mason probably did not do as well as he and others would have liked while at Texas, but he contributed while he was here and he was a good student, so it is easy to remember him well. Myck Kabongo apparently worked hard on the court and was well like by his teammates, but to me, his experience here does not lend itself to remembering him so well. Most posters here will tell you that I will probably be one of the last here to bag on the UT basketball team, players, or coaches. But, it is clear to me that, for whatever reason, Myck, to say the least, did not maximize his time here, and some might say that he wasted space and the time and effort of others, also. Gpie, I know that you may well have not been addressing me directly ... but, hey! It is summertime, it is hot, and there is precious little basketball discussion going on, through no fault of bierce's efforts, and now, Mike's soon to be prolific efforts ... so ... ;)
"...That's not the same connotation as 'he's a liar.' " I agree with this, but it does reflect on his character.
As for your comments regarding the NCAA, that really is a separate issue, isn't it?
Does. Not. Compute.
While it may have something to do with too onerous NCAA sanctions, there is something about Kabongo's timeline of commit, decommit right before signing day, recommit, not declare, go play around with an agent on the not so sly, come back, misrepresent what happened, play a few games but not that well, then declare and leave when he wasn't even a draftable commodity.
It's one thing for a player to come to Texas for a year and go pro when the opportunity arises, but Kabongo spent two and a half years acting like he didn't want to be at Texas.
I think he is saying that he is not a "liar" liar.
He's a good kid.
It depends on what your definition of "is" is.
He did lie but I don't know if any of us know him well enough to call him a liar. He does need to accept the punishment he got and stop trying to change what is already done. And maybe he needs to realize that it's the fact that he can't shoot the ball that will keep him from making a team. For a guy who never wanted to come to college because, his people saw so much in him they told him when and where, they may have overestimated how much talent he really has. He should have come back and I think he is going to pay heavily for that decision. And if he doesn't ever make a team he is going to see HIS PEOPLE start to move away from him. And the light may finally come on in his head.
anyone got a Canadian to English dictionary sitting around??
Disciplina praesidium civitatis
I am more concerned about whut "is" wuz! ;)
The guys at Grantland apparently have a different opinion as the rest of us.
"Myck Kabongo didn’t hear his name called on draft night, but that didn’t stop him from putting on a solid performance against American college basketball darling Trey Burke in Miami’s matchup against Utah in Game 3. The Canadian-born guard (beware, they’re taking over basketball) was certainly a factor in Burke’s struggles, harassing the Michigan star into some bad offensive possessions while also showcasing his own skill set. The 6-foot-1 Kabongo is a fantastic athlete with great explosiveness and lateral quickness, and, at the very least, he has the tools and ability to be a defensive presence at the NBA level. Kabongo’s outside shooting leaves a lot to be desired, but he flashed the ability to break guys down off the dribble while handling a lot of contact on his drives en route to eight free throw attempts. The Heat guard, who still doesn’t have an NBA contract, also directed his teammates into the proper place on a couple of possessions and seems to possess both the intelligence and demeanor to run an offense at the game’s highest level. Though his box score was unremarkable, Kabongo is definitely a player to watch as this week goes on."
If it was Zach Lowe I would put much more stock into it.
That boy is good.
This. Zach is the man.
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