In terms of dysfunctional stories, this one has to rank towards the top. First came a report from Jerry Tipton that Daniel Orton would be testing the NBA draft waters and would not hire an agent. Fair enough. But then came this statement from Daniel Orton on the subject:
I have not declared for the NBA Draft. I’m currently weighing my options and will make a decision prior to the deadline
Ok, so we hear that and assume that Orton and his father simply arent on the same page and that soon all will be worked out. But then comes a story from Larry Vaught in which Orton’s dad says that Daniel was dropping out of school and moving to California to train for the draft. He then makes some other quotes that are…well, not all that “team-oriented”:
“if Daniel has a good workout, he might be a top five pick…If he had played more, he would have made DeMarcus look bad”
Ouch. So what have we learned? Nothing…except that Larry Orton has an extremely high opinion of his son.