In the latest issue of Sports Illustrated, their Inside the NBA section focused on European big men dominating this year’s NBA draft, due to college players not leaving early this year (See Below). I did notice one Center from Europe that IU Fans saw in sweats this year, Enes Kanter from Kentucky. My question is, where is Guy-Marc Michel?
Did you review the page? Did I miss Guy-Marc Michel somewhere?
Now you might be asking yourself why does this bother me. The reason is that all season we were forced to hear from Coach Crean how much of a difference Guy-Marc Michel would have made on this year’s IU team. It was so ingrained in the hardcore Crean fan base, that many callers to our podcast continued to mention Guy-Marc Michel as one of the reasons we weren’t winning more games.
This was all capped off by the farce at Senior Night, when Coach Tom Crean not only had a jersey framed for Guy-Marc Michel (He wore 52, who knew?) but Crean said this of Guy-Marc Michel:
“It’s with great disappointment and dismay that we have to bring Guy to you this way because there’s a lot of things we wish but there are not a lot that we would wish more than if you had gotten to see Guy play with us every day and every night. For reasons that are still shocking to me we never had an opportunity for him to play with us. But there’s not many people in this world his age that would have stayed with us, did all the things that it would have taken, but never got the opportunity to play on this court. Because when we signed him and when we watched him on tape, and then when we got him in practice, we knew we had a guy who was going to play in the NBA some day. We have absolutely zero doubts that if he continues to work, and it will probably take just a little bit longer than the two years he would have had with us but he’ll end up playing for someone like a Doc Rivers, or the Indiana Pacers or the Chicago Bulls some day. So get his autograph now because you’ll want it down the road.”
That is the direct transcript from Tom Crean on Senior Night 2011.
Understand that I am fine with giving some recognition to Guy-Marc Michel during Senior Night. But having a jersey framed for someone who never put one on? That is a bit absurd.
The reason that Crean’s comments bothered me is there are only two ways to comprehend his statements and neither are good.
- If Crean truly believes that Guy is going to be a star in the NBA, then his ability to evaluate talent needs to be brought into question. If Guy was truly this NBA diamond in the rough, wouldn’t he have made this short list of big men from Europe that SI put together?
- Crean does not believe that Guy is this good, but is using this as a crutch to justify the losses this year.
This reminds me of the phrase that Adam Carolla uses during his podcast when someone makes a public comment like this. “You are either stupid or your are lying”. His point is that people always refuse to admit they are lying, but in actuality it is worse because then you are admitting that you are stupid. I feel that we have a similar case here. I would much rather Coach Crean come out and tell us that Guy wasn’t really that great, ala’ Jobe, and Guy was never really going to be a huge asset to this team. I wouldn’t be happy that Crean pulled the wool over our eyes, but it is better than the alternative. The alternative being that Crean is not the best judge of talent and honestly believed that Guy had NBA talent. This would put into question ALL future recruits that Crean believes has NBA talent.
Maybe I will be proved wrong, and I would love for that to be the case. But given this article, I don’t think it’s going to be in this NBA draft, or in the 2011-2012 NBA season.