Why LeBron James Is Dead Wrong About Shabazz Napier
No way u take another PG in the lottery before Napier.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 8, 2014
That’s what LeBron James tweeted shortly after UConn ran rampant all over John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA Title Game. All respect to James, who certainly knows basketball better than the average layman, but while Shabazz Napier might have played himself into a late-first (think the 25th pick or so) with his ace play in this tournament, he absolutely will not be the first point guard drafted in the 2014 draft.
Napier, the 6’1″ point guard from Boston, Massachusetts — specifically, Roxbury. Brash and outspoken, Napier finished his senior season with a bang, racking up 22 points on 50 percent shooting in the championship game and grabbing the most outstanding player of the Final Four award. A senior at UConn, the point guard was well aware of the unlikely events surrounding the Huskies Cinderella run, especially after being barred from the tournament last year (they were found academically ineligible.)
“This is what happens when you ban us,” Napier told CBS (and everyone tuning in) after the game. “Two years and hungry, [we're] the Hungry Huskies.” The broadcaster terror was palpable. The fiscal relationship between CBS and the NCAA is not one to be trifled with likely, especially when it’s coming from a player who’s never going to be held answerable to that governing body again.