It’s not you, its………. well, it kind of is you.
Kelly Harper was well-intended enough and seemed like a good hire back in 2009, coming out from under the tutelage of Pat Summitt and having seen some success at Western Carolina. Unfortunately, after 4 years of barely 0.500 results, we had to let her go. This one wasn’t us; it was totally you, Kelly. Going 17-17 didn’t fly for our men’s program and it’s not about to fly for our women’s program either. What’s better is we fired her. Enough of this ‘resigning in dignity’, crap. Let’s end this relationship violently like the Taylor Swift relationships we all know and love. Sorry, Kelly… we are never getting back together… ever.
Lorenzo Brown was practically a lock to head off to the NBA, but it was made final today. Can you really blame LoBo for making the jump? He’s projected somewhere lower first round/upper second round (well… 35th) and he already had a close scare with an ankle injury that really could have been much worse. In the end, our break-up with Lorenzo is bitter sweet. We hate to see him go but can at least appreciate the good times. Before Lorenzo and his buddies came to State, we weren’t much for dancing, but with them we did.
CJ Leslie was almost a lock for the NBA draft last season, he dicked around for a year, and now he finds himself lagging behind is contemporary. All hostility aside, CJ has experienced a true Exodus as a person by maturing, developing as a player, and rising to the occasion game after game. What a beast! That UVa game where he had one of his best performances of the season… all while coping with the flu? Incredible. That said, he’s still technically not declared for the draft. In fact, earlier today Tyler Lewis sent out a premature Tweet congratulating both Lorenzo and CJ on declaring for the draft and Leslie simply replied, “Who said I was leaving?” Oh, Calvin, you toy with our emotions worse than John Mayer. Long are these nights when our days revolve you and your decisions on whether to leave or stay.
TJ Warren was a stand-out freshmen being our teams most accurate shooter and making a bigger impact that many of our 4 veteran starters. We knew it was a possibility but decided to ignore it. TJ may just decide he has the NBA stock to make the leap to The Association, but would that be wisest for him? He still has some development and proving some leadership in a much younger 2013-2014 squad may raise his projected draft slot. He’s currently one of the best strong forward prospect of 2013, so can he really afford to wait things out? Come on, TJ, don’t leave us! It’s not too late for you to be our white horse and take us to a title!
Bobby Lutz had a brief scare last night when news began to break that Troy might be interested in hiring Bobby Lutz from our coaching staff. It would have been a home-run hire for Troy, but terrible for State as Lutz adds a tremendous amount of tactical knowledge to our team. Fortunately, shortly after the news broke that Troy decided to go another way. Good. Bobby, I’m sorry, but you belong with me… err… I mean State.
Mark Gottfried. Da f***, man. Seriously. You come in here promising us greatness and that we are in this together and now I hear these rumors from some jack*** blogger in New York that UCLA is flirting with you? Mark, oh, Mark. I thought we were so in love? It looked like we finally had it right? I think the entire NC State blogosphere agrees when we beg of you: please don’t be the teardrops on our… court? Ball? I’m struggling with this Taylor Swift reference, but Gottfried taking off might just be the cataclysmic event that causes current players to transfer, recruits to bail, and NC State to start back at square one. It’s a crazy, messed up scenario, but one that might be just a little too realistic to bare. Fortunately, Debbie locked Gottfried up in a $3,500,000 buy-out which would put the acquisition of Gottfried at close to $8 million for UCLA. It doesn’t look likely, but it’s enough to make Wolfpackers’ blood curl.
I hate Taylor Swift with a deep, burning passion, but I hate watching NC State succumb to year-in and year-out of what we affectionately call ‘@NCSUShit‘. The last two seasons have been a stunning success, making the Sweet Sixteen and finishing with over 20-wins two seasons in a row. This year we also got to enjoy victories over Carolina and Duke which help to sweeten the pot. Everything has been going so well, but all of these relationship issues we have been having today should be a stark reminder to all NC State fans exactly how quickly we can all return to whence we came.