This is exactly why I was not too disappointed about him not coming to BYU. I
wish him well.
If only Jabari HAD come to BYU... A starting 5 of Parker, Haws, Collingsworth,
Austin and Mika, with Carlino and Winder as the first two off the bench would be
formidable, with a chance to go deeper in the NCAA tourney than Duke has, IMO...
Was I ever the fool! I thought the headline was talking about wither Parker
should stay and play basketball OR go serve an LDS mission. And then I read the
article and can't find a word about missions. Ops. What was I thinking?
Dr. G- Missions aren't for everyone. Maybe this "kid" will reach
more people if he stays clean, yet plays in the NBA and tells his story. Of
course, it's the staying clean part with all the things that will be shoved
in his face, that will be the test. Let's see, go to Ecuador for two years,
or set your family up for life. Ya, tough choice.
I'm with Dr. G -- exactly when did serving a mission get taken off the
table? And it would be great to see a prominent college player fulfill a full
4-year commitment to both playing at the college level and getting a college
degree before going after ridiculous amounts of money and disappearing into the
"A few things I could improve on or have left"...Like maybe
his degree?? What happens if Jabari gets injured or somehow his NBA career just
doesn't work out. What about the idea that having a degree in Finance with
all those millions would help him manage his money better and know what
questions to ask his CPA? He seems like a great young man but he will likely
find that there is more to life than basketball.
Jabari is a total class act. He will represent himself well in the NBA. Good
Dr. GWe are all suckers for a catchy headline! LOLGood
Tom in CA,Add Parker to the current byu team and you would of had a go
fast go hard offense. Skill over will in the wcc. You would of liked the
results, even if it was for just one year. They would of been Dave Rose style
high scoring games with byu winning every shootout.
Let's just hope he can keep that attitude in the NBA. Obviously, he has
been raised well by his parents. Perhaps he will be more of a missionary
playing in the NBA than if we're knocking doors. It is nice to see a
sports star that your kids can look up to.
If he is going to be a very high draft pick, as most experts predict, he will
enter the NBA with a guaranteed contract worth many millions. If he gets injured
and can no longer play, he has the money to pay tuition and go back to school.
Look at Steve Young and Law School. If he gets injured in college while
postponing the NBA, he will get the education, maybe. They can cut his
scholarship if he can't play. Even if he does get the degree, he will have
the degree and no money. Fairly easy choice if you ask me. But there
are no guarantees in the NBA beyond your 3-year guarantee as a first round pick.
Many top picks last year are not doing much. It is wise to have a contingency
plan. Work on a degree during the off season. He appears smarter than these guys
that blow all of their money foolishly and quickly.
I "hate" the NBA; it is the source of all that is wrong or bad in the
modern game. All the "roller skate on both feet" type of pivoting and
footwork (these guys walk/travel every time they get the ball, the submarining
movement of the hand while dribbling (i.e., carrying or palming the ball), the
continuation foul (when a foul starts occurring 15 ft. from the basket and the
shooter gets to the rim and throws it up and the ball goes in), and "student
body left" offensive charges in the paint. All of these things make the game
unwatchable for me. Unfortunately, one sees that these traits have filtered
down to the college and prep game as well.If Jabari does the
"one and done" thing, I won't be able to watch him play much any
What about all those teams who have been tanking just to get a shot at drafting
I thought it was about a mission as well.Jabari will earn enough his
first year in the NBA to pay for 3 more years of college at a prestigious
He said the same thing about possibly attending BYU, about going on a
mission.....so no I don't buy that he is considering returning for a second
year.He is one and done. He will declare for the draft and take the
big money. After his fourth year in the NBA, he say "I haven't made up
my mind about resigning or becoming a free agent.' and people will believe
him. Then he will opt for free agency and the max contract.I
don't believe a word he says.
If he gets the gold, more power to him. But if he had a degree, he might, I say
might, be able to keep the money after he's retired. Most NBA players are
broke a few years after they quit, but Jabari is, hopefully, more grounded.One thing about Ziggy, with that finance/accounting degree, he'll
keep his money, for sure. Maybe in the spirit of brotherhood, he'l be able
to keep Jabari's books, too.Maybe that's in the furture
for Ziggy - broker to the stars.