Saturday, February 5, 2011

What He Said vs. What He Meant

In a telephone conversation with Larry Drew Sr., Roy Williams was informed that Drew II (hereafter to be known in Tar Heel Nation as "Larry Drew Who?" – props to T.A.H. Pop Culture Editor Young A.T. for that little gem) was transferring out of North Carolina.

Williams said all the right things in his press conference yesterday, guarding the family’s privacy, while lauding Drew II’s efforts (especially in the last four ACC wins 19 to 4 assist to turnover ratio) and expressing what sounded like genuine disappointment.

In a statement released by his family, this is what Drew II said:  “After careful consideration and consultation with my family, I have decided it’s in my best interest to continue my education and basketball career elsewhere. I have enjoyed my time in North Carolina and appreciate the support of everyone associated with the program.  Over the last three years we’ve accomplished a lot as a team and those experiences will help me not only on the court, but off the court as well.

I’d like to thank the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play at one of the nation’s top colleges in UNC, and my teammates for their support as well.  It is unfortunate my career didn’t meet expectations in Chapel Hill, however I do look forward to continuing my collegiate and athletic career in the near future.”

This is what he meant: “My dad said Ol’ Roy has lost his mind and that freshmen Marshall  punk-*** kid has no business getting any of my minutes.  If I played somewhere else where I was appreciated, I’d be a star and have a future in the NBA.  Oh…and trying to fill Ty Lawson’s rocket fast shoes is crazy hard.”

Rumor has it that Drew Sr. spoke with Craig James just prior to informing Williams of Drew II’s imminent departure.

*Items in italics may not be true. 

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