Greivis on His NBA Plans and the Media
It's been said several thousand times that Gary Williams and Greivis Vasquez share certain similarities. Passion, I think, is one of the most common words used. They seem to be passionate fellows, both on the court and in their dealings with the sports media.
The latest example came last night, when Williams denied that there was any redemption storyline in this NCAA bid, and Vasquez addressed last week's extremely mild reports that he would test the NBA draft waters. Players test those waters all the time, and it struck me as an entirely benign development, not controversial in any way.
Well, I guess not everyone read it that way. Here's what Vasquez told Fox 1370 Sportsradio last night, when asked about his NBA exploration.
"The paper that wrote that and the guy that wrote that was actually wrong, you know? And he was wrong in every aspect. You know, I respect my fans, I respect my teammates and I respect my coaches and my family. I'm not gonna declare that kind of stuff to a newspaper like that. First of all, I would meet with my coaches and my family first. So definitely not declaring for nothing at this point in my season, and if I were, I would let everybody know at the right time.
"So it was wrong, it was really wrong, especially because we were at the ACC Tournament. Why were you trying to like get me unfocused or the team unfocused by saying that I was gonna go to the NBA draft? So that was really disrespectful, but that's how it is. And we should have won the tournament, we lost against Duke, pretty good team, they won the tournament, so ti didn't bother me,
"But now it's a good time to clarify and make everything clear: Greivis Vasquez is all about Maryland, and until I make a different decision I will let people know, but as of right now, there's no NBA, no nothing in my mind."
Impressive use of the third person, and the "disrespectful" stuff never gets old.
I ran this by Eric Prisbell, our reporter who mentioned Vasquez's plans and who later went out of his way to make clear that Vasquez was still thinking only about the Terps. Here's Prisbell's response.
"I asked Greivis multiple times about his specific plans after the season because I did not want any misunderstanding. There was none. Greivis said he plans to declare, take part in the camps and then decide to stay or go. Greivis is right; he plans to do all that after the season -- not right now -- along with dozens of other underclassmen across the country. It is neither a surprise nor a big deal. And I made clear in two blog posts that Greivis's focus is solely on his team right now and that he would never want to create a distraction. I have always respected Greivis's candor and passion, and I wish him well when he decides on his future after the season."
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