Hamidou Diallo’s announcement last night that he will test the NBA Draft waters after one semester at Kentucky shouldn’t have been surprising, but served as kindling to a very angry segment of fans who are frustrated with the one-and-done rule’s impact on Kentucky Basketball. While the thought of Diallo being a “none-and-done” seems jarring, it’s important to remember that he did NOT sign with an agent — a fact many fans seem to have forgotten — meaning that he can go through the evaluation process to receive feedback and return to school, all at no risk. If any of us had the chance to go through a practice interview for our dream job to figure out what we need to work on, who wouldn’t? It just makes sense; however, if you read the comments section of John Calipari’s Facebook post about the news, you’d think it’s the worst thing to happen to Kentucky Basketball. EVER.
I checked Cal’s Facebook comments this morning and, like a car wreck, I couldn’t tear my eyes away from it. Here are the ten worst comments about Diallo’s decision, and my attempt to talk some sense into those of you on the ledge this morning.
Michael is so mad he’s done with the program
Something tells me Michael will come back around in March.
Meanwhile, Chuck argues Calipari is now doing the kids a disservice:
I would like to remind Chuck that the one-and-done rule is not UK’s or the NCAA’s; it’s an NBA rule and was made to stop players from going straight from high school to the league. That’s some misplaced anger right there.
Vernon is tired of this “drive-thru” drama:
One simple reality that many fans need to accept is the best players are always going to leave after one or two years. It’s just how the system works now, and asking players to stay in school for four years when they could be making millions of dollars for their families is a selfish request from fans. But, by all means, if you want four-year talent, there are plenty of programs to cheer for and I bet most of them would love to switch places with Kentucky.
Diana is tired of kids “using” Kentucky:
I’d argue that Diallo’s teammates appreciated having him in practice last semester. Also, anyone who gets high and mighty about college athletes “using” schools needs to take a closer look at how much said schools and the NCAA profit off them. While I understand frustration over getting only one title in eight years, I don’t think any Kentucky fan can honestly say they haven’t enjoyed the ride.
I think these next three commenters need to be reminded that Diallo hasn’t decided yet whether or not he’s staying in the draft:
If Diallo comes back and becomes a star, $10 says Kevin buys a t-shirt with a vague reference to him on it.
John is so angry he’d rather have Roy Williams.
David seems to have forgotten Randolph Morris came back to school:
Was David the one to bury Morris’ fax under papers on Tubby’s desk??
Now, the angriest comment of all:
Yeah, shame on a kid for trying to make an informed decision, go after his dreams, and provide for his family. Derrick needs to take a deep breath and back away from the computer.
So…let’s just hope Diallo doesn’t read the comments, right?