Pete Thamel — yeah, that guy — wrote a piece on Nerlens Noel a few days ago that basically accused the star recruit of being in contact with some of the many agents who are trying to get close to him. Like anything else Thamel does, it was came off as a malicious attempt to stir up trouble.
Well, one writer at SB Nation, Andrew Sharp, noticed Thamel’s unprofessional journalistic ways and wrote a piece critiquing his article on Noel. One part that sticks out to Kentucky fans is when Sharp goes at Thamel for bring up Calipari’s agency, who doesn’t have any contact with Noel:
Of course, Thamel doesn’t stop there.
He takes thing a step further and wonders aloud on our behalf:
…he is probably one of many agents and their associates who are trying to become involved with Noel’s recruitment. … Whether Sullivan or C.A.A., which also represents Kentucky Coach John Calipari, will become a significant factor in Noel’s agent recruitment is not known.
“Will the agent with no ties to this player somehow steer him to Kentucky? WHO CAN SAY.”
It’s the sort of circumstantial, connect-the-dots McCarthyism that can stain a reputation. Not of the New York Times reporter passing this off as reporting — he did a “great job” on the “sad, bizarro world” — but of the 17-year-old kid who’s apparently never spoken to the agent.
Give it a read and then pat Andrew Sharp on the back if you ever see him out.
And remember, the media is full of dirty tricks:
Recollect your thoughts don’t get caught up in the mix, cause the media is full of dirty tricks.
— Nerlens Noel (@NerlensNoel3) March 14, 2012