Thank you gtfomycourt. I think you’ve rather eloquently delineated my position, and I appreciate it. Thank you, too, to mgobluehoops23. This “discussion” began when I simply disagreed with a seemingly innocuous statement by Dylan that Andrew Dakich wouldn’t make a “meaningful and positive” contribution if he had stayed at Michigan. I disagreed with Dylan and asserted Andrew WOULD have made meaningful and positive contributions as a great teammate, a senior leader, a sort of “mentor” and teacher to our young point guards. As a former coach I believe those contributions would have been “meaningful” and they would have been “positive.” Then the argument was extended by others to something along the lines of, well he wouldn’t make contributions “on the floor.” So, I pointed out Andrew’s stats at Ohio State, which while perhaps surprising, ARE fairly impressive for one that many thought wouldn’t see the floor. Those stats were then diminished by others here in an attempt to make their point and to, frankly, argue against mine. So, I then talked about Coach Holtman’s appreciation for Andrew and what he is doing for the Buckeyes. No matter what I said, it seemed, one or two guys would immediately diminish those arguments, and it really became, I thought, a criticism of Andrew Dakich, and an unfair one at that. No matter what I said, folks had a reason why not. Now, mind you, I don’t care if people disagree with me, and I don’t care if they just want to argue, but when it extends to diminishing the real accomplishments of a great kid, a former Wolverine who now plays for our arch enemy, I DO have a problem with that. And, yes, I DO stand up for players.
I just read kturnup’s comment, and I appreciate it when you defend players, especially Duncan. I’d have to go back and read your statements on Andrew Dakich to comment about any need for retraction (LOL). Since I agree with bebopson that this thread is getting rather tedious, I don’t intend to do that. I really don’t want to write another comment on this thread because I think THIS “discussion” has become really quite silly and rather ridiculous. I think it’s probably an exercise in futility to make my position known with some people, and I just have too much going in my life, yes even at almost 71, to have to deal with futility.
One last thought, and an apology of sorts. Last night Andrew had a wonderful and remarkable first half. I think that’s pretty indisputable. I found myself being VERY happy for him, even though I hate Ohio State! I may have made a couple of comments on here out of, perhaps, a bit of a sense of vindictiveness. For that I’m sorry. That wasn’t very nice for a “kind old silver haired gentleman” like me. And I will say, to all, those who are supportive of my position and those who can’t stand my positions or my comments, this is a great site, the best one out there, in my opinion. Dylan does a phenomenal job. For such a young guy (LOL) he seems to have a wonderful basketball mind and provides great analysis and insight. People on here are generally respectful. I’d love to end this discussion on that note. Thanks all.