And I still don’t. But at least for a second, I thought about maybe changing my mind after reading what he had to say to Jodie Meeks at the NBA combine yesterday:
…Given that, he’s advising a former rival to take his time in making a decision. Williams said he’s encouraged Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks – who has entered the draft but hasn’t signed an agent, leaving open the possibility of a return to UK – to take his time as he makes a decision about whether or not to return to school.
“I told him to be patient,” Williams said. “I told him, ‘You don’t have to rush anything or force anything. You still could go back to school. You’re going to have a great team if you do go back, with a great coach. Don’t make your decision by rushing and saying, ‘I need to be in the NBA right now.’ I just told him that everybody knows he’s a scorer, he shoots the ball well. If there are things that teams say he needs to work on, go back to school and work on them. You can come back even better next year.”
Say what you will about the contractionally (<–possibly not a real word, but you get it) nicknamed former Card, but one thing that can’t be denied is that he grew up and blew up big time as a player his senior season. In all honesty, this improvement in his stock could have just been due to playing on a team hyped as ready for a Final Four run, being surrounded by other talented players to take some pressure off and playing for a coach that knows how to get guys prepared for the next level. All of this sounds vaguely familiar to me for some reason.
Now, normally I wouldn’t entertain even a bit of advice from a Louisville fan, much less a former player, about anything not involving line beards or Natty Light. However, for the good of the Cats, I’m temporarily suspending my personal moratorium on heeding any red-clad advice and hoping Jodie listens to a Card that, for maybe the only time in history, knows what he’s talking about.