Monday, March 2, 2015

Mike DeCourcy Calls Out Rolling Stone For Ridiculous Article About UK Basketball

Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News agrees with most of Big Blue Nation: Rolling Stone's article about the Kentucky basketball program was ridiculous.

Here is an excerpt of DeCourcy's article:

Rolling Stone published a piece online Friday eviscerating Kentucky basketball. Are we overstating the case to use that particular word? Well, the headline asks, “Is Kentucky Killing College Basketball?” Man, all that was missing from that was the F-word.

Kentucky’s roster features eight players for whom the “one-and-done” ship sailed last spring, or sooner. Cauley-Stein and injured forward Alex Poythress both decided to return as juniors. The Harrison twins chose to stay for their sophomore seasons, as did big men Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee. No one expected “program players” Dominique Hawkins and Derek Willis would enter the NBA draft after a single season, but even though each one could be a starter at literally hundreds of other Division I programs, even though neither plays even 10 minutes per game, they remain committed to being a part of this Wildcats team.

All of this information is common knowledge among those who follow college basketball, and it’s plainly available on the not-so-intricate document that is the Kentucky roster: number, name, height, weight, hometown, high school and, yes, there it is: college classification.

So why the hate for Kentucky? Why would anyone use the analogy that observing UK’s excellence is “like watching someone punch in a cheat code on a video game”?

I mean, aside from assuring that five-letter word sneaks into the piece somehow?

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