Who Could Blame Him

>> Monday, June 15, 2009

I must say that I am not surprised by Jodie Meek's decision to forego his senior season at the University of Kentucky and stay in this years NBA Draft on June 25. I can say that I was wrong about his decision because I, like most people, thought Meeks would return for his last year to help improve his draft stock. But, then again, after seriously pondering on his decision to leave early, who can blame him for leaving?

Meek's three year basketball stint at UK has more likely than not been less than pleasant. The majority of his sophomore season he was injuried and kept trying to come back earlier than he should have resulting in season ending surgery. Billy (I will never refer to him as a coach because he doesn't deserve it) and his relationship was at best rocky. By coming back for his senior season, Jodie would have been playing for his third coach in four seasons. His fourth year at UK would have been like his first; proving himself all over again. Not only would he have to learn an entire new system, but he would be competing day in and day out for a starting spot on a new roster.

The uncertainty surrounding his senior year would cause anyone to make the same decision and based on his past experience who could blame him. What if his NBA stock dropped further after next season? What if he and Coach Cal didn't get along? What if he didn't fit into the dribble drive offense as well as everyone thought he would have? Who knows what could have happened, but looking back over his past 3 years, luck was not on his side.

I personally believe he made the best decision, and I wish him the best as he strives for his NBA dreams. I am a huge Jodie Meek's fan and truly believe we will soon be watching him in the NBA. Jodie, best of luck to you from all of us here at the PMB.


Kris June 15, 2009 at 10:57 PM  

I don't appreciate you generalizing for me lol I care less what Jodie Meeks does...now Gerald Henderson on the other hand...is a different story

Gary June 15, 2009 at 11:06 PM  

Deep in your heart, you are a true UK fan and the Jodie Meeks saga is something you care about lol

californiajayhawk June 16, 2009 at 12:44 AM  

You guys will miss him more than you think.. He would have been a perfect fit for the dribble drive sorta in the mold of the dude from memphis a couple years ago with two last names.

Derrick June 16, 2009 at 8:04 AM  

Jayhawk, he is a far cry from CDR when it comes to handling the ball...

Gary June 16, 2009 at 8:09 AM  

Meeks and CDR are completely different types of players. CDR much more of a slasher, while Meeks is a streaky shooter