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.

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The PMB Twitter T-Shirt Giveaway....





We'll be having a PMB Twitter T-Shirt giveaway on June 17th...

So, those of you that aren't following us on twitter and want to have an opportunity to win...get over to twitter and follow us ASAP.

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The Ugly Turkish Man Wants the Big Bucks...





Hedo Turkoglu developed into a poor man's Larry Bird this postseason and it didn't take him long to declare his free agency intentions this offseason.

Turkoglu, whom is entering the final year of a 6 year, 36 million dollar contract, distinguished himself as a dynamic player with his peformance for the Orlando Magic this past season.

Lon Babby had this to say about Turkoglu's upcoming options,

"It would make sense for him to opt out," Babby told the newspaper by phone. "I can't imagine a scenario in which he would not."

The Orlando Magic may have trouble resigning Hedo, because they threw a small African country's GDP in cash at Rashard Lewis and are already sporting a large payroll. It'll be interesting to see where the Turkish baller ends up next season.

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More on the Meeks Decision....





A few months ago if you asked any logical Kentucky basketball fan, "Who do you think is more likely to come back next year, Meeks or Pattersion?" 99.9% would have responded with the answer, "Jodie Meeks." My, how quickly things change.

Several weeks after Meeks name was included in the pool of selectable players, it became clear that Meeks eyes were pointed in one direction, straight out of Lexington, KY. Meeks had a a successful, but tumultuous career for the Wildcats and averaged over 23.7 points a game in an All-American junior campaign. However, the rocky relationship between Billy Clyde Gillispie and the Meeks family may have ultimately lead to this decision (Meeks draft status is still being listed as second round at best).

While, many UK fans will question the Meeks decision, it was the best decision he could make within the scope of his career. Meeks had very little chance to improve his draft stock next season and would have been considered the 4th best pro prospect on his own team. Combining that possibility with the defections from the current draft class and the loaded draft class for next season, there was very little possibility that Meeks would have a better chance at the first round next year.

Meeks made a business decision and it was a decision that I believe has been made for a while now. With his shaky draft status, if Meeks had wanted to return to Kentucky for his senior season, this decision would have been made a couple of weeks ago.

Best of luck to Jodie Meeks and his family...there is always a place for shooters in the NBA and one NBA roster has the potential to add someone whom can stroke it with the best of them.

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A Decision Has Been Made...

Jodie Meeks to stay in the NBA Draft per several sources.


More to come later.

A bad break for Kentucky...

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