July 14, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; United States forward Carmelo Anthony (15) dribbles the ball in front of United States center Anthony Davis (14) as United States head coach Mike Krzyzewski (l) watches during USA team training at the DC Armory. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
Anthony Davis getting to go to the Olympics is a big deal, but apparently some of the Big Blue Nation are taking it personally when he doesn't get to play:
My son wanted to know why Davis didn't get in the game....my response.....Son, he is from KY and Coach K doesn't like that! Amen BBN?— Dennie Mills (@denniem123) July 17, 2012
That's just one brief sample of several provided above, and some of them are not safe for work, or for kids, so naturally I didn't put them up on the front page.
Mike Krezyzewski explained it thus:
"Remember, he's just been with us a couple of days. He doesn't even know all the sets and that. But our emphasis is not on him. It's on the guys who are going to play the majority of minutes."
Coach K also suggested, quite reasonably, that the majority of the minutes will be going to the older guys who have experience in this type of competition, and as Team USA gets closer and closer to the medal rounds, Davis on the bench and not in the game is likely to be the norm, but that the experience Davis will get just being with the team will be invaluable to him. He's absolutely right on all counts.
Let's get one thing straight right now -- Krzyzewski is a winner. He would never deliberately sit a player because of where he went to college if he thought that player would give his team the best chance to win. Anyone who thinks otherwise is completely misguided and wrong to an embarrassing degree. Period.
I know we all love Anthony Davis, and he will surely get to play some, but it's quite illogical to think a guy who just got drafted into the NBA and very recently joined Team USA well behind all the older guys is going to get to play a lot. Davis just isn't good enough, or mature enough, to see major minutes against the best international competition.
What we have here is a failure of many people in the Big Blue Nation to appreciate the difference between mature, professional athletes who have been playing this game for five or six years at the highest level and a talented but wet-behind-the-ears #1 draft pick.
Another thing that gets me is how people can make these kinds of careless, ill-informed and downright embarrassing statements on Twitter. Don't they understand that anybody can see these things, and that comments like this are the sort of embarrassment that can actually haunt them in real life, and not just on blogs? I am convinced that not all of these comments were made with conviction -- at least I hope not. I expect many were just made to stir the pot, but since so much is lost in the microblogging translation, it is impossible to tell whether they were serious or joking.
Here's some advice. If you want to make a nasty remark about somebody on the Internet that might make you look silly for all eternity, even if you meant it in jest, take the immortal advice of Abraham Lincoln:
"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."
Good advice then. Good advice now.