Thursday, May 1, 2014

Clarification On My Post

THIS POST IS TO CLARIFY WHAT CLEARLY MANY PEOPLE MISSED OUT ON IN MY PREVIOUS POST

In my previous post I talked about my decision to stay in college. I didn't think that the post would pick up as much steam as it did, considering the only reason I started this blog was for a class. No way did I expect the blog to make ESPN headlines. No way did I think people would get ahold of this and turn it into something negative, when I intended this to be completely positive. 

To all the people who think I am saying the NBA is boring: yea, I may have written it looks "flat out boring," but you have severely missed the context in which I said it. You probably have never experienced what it is like to run out a tunnel with a band blasting music and crazy fans cheering. You don't know what it is like to represent a University, let alone a University that resides in it's State Capitol, and wear that WISCONSIN across your chest. You don't know that intoxicating feeling knowing that you are exactly where you are supposed to be in the career that you have worked towards for your whole life. 

My dream is to play in the NBA. I have wanted nothing more in my entire life. But at the same time I have an opportunity to come back to school and represent a school that is much greater than any one student or alumnus, and potentially accomplish something that hasn't been done at this school since 1941. 

When I said the NBA is boring, I meant it in the sense that me going to the NBA and sitting on a bench or being put in the D-League isn't appealing to me. The idea of that sounds boring. Who has the dream to play or do something that is boring?! That just makes no sense. 

It saddens me that so many people had to take one thing I said in that post and spin everything into a negative. I love basketball. I love the NBA. I can't get enough of it, but at the same time I am not ready to give up college. I believe my teammates and I have so much left to accomplish, and I have the opportunity to be a big part of that. In my eyes, that alone is worth more than any money I could have potentially made. 

I will have way more fun in college right now than I would it I began my professional career. I would probably have to move to a different place and leave my family, friends, girlfriend, and the place I call "home." I have been fortunate enough be able to surround myself with great people who have been great influences in my life, and I'm not ready to pack up and leave them. 

So when I said the NBA looks boring, I meant it in the sense that it can't compare to where I am and what I am experiencing right now. 

Sorry to anyone who was offended or angered by what I said. 

17 comments:

  1. Frank, I read your entire article twice just so I didn't miss any nuances within it. I did not see anything in it that implied you had a negative attitude towards the NBC. Nothing you wrote conveys that. I honestly can't see how anyone could accuse you of that. Your writing was clear and straightforward. Those accusing you of this might not understand how much maturity you show in the manner in which you made your decision to stay in college and play bb. You're very articulate. If people choose to take offense at anything you wrote, that's their problem and not yours. Don't let them manipulate you into owning something that you clearly do not.

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    1. Oops! NBA--not NBC!

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  2. People LOVE to be offended, something I'm sure you'll learn more about in your final year at UW and in the NBA. I love to see potential professional athletes making the right choice, and I think you've made the right one here. On Wisconsin!

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  3. Kid, keep preaching. The NBA has the best players in the world, but its atmosphere sucks. Look at Miami. I think the rich fans there have their drivers cart them into their seats. It's nearly impossible for them to stand up during the game. But college kids on the other hand are standing up during the whole game and are loud and proud.

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  4. I read your column and you very clearly DID say that the NBA looks boring because they don't get many fans at the games. You also said that you didn't want to be a d-leaguer or go to Europe. But that is all on you and not the NBA. You will be a d-leaguer at best whether you stay at Wisconsin or not so you are definitely making the right decision. My main problem with your blog is simply your excuse of the NBA being boring being one of the reasons you don't go into the draft. If you are so "positive" just talk about how great college is and leave out the criticism of the NBA. And don't come back to defend yourself by putting your critics down by saying they must not understand because they don't know the feeling of being a big time college ball player or don't know the feeling of working hard for something and reaching a career goal. That's a real nice way to say you are better than others.

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    1. The NBA is extremely boring to watch. I used to attend Bucks games throughout the 80's, 90's and early 2000's, but no matter how good or bad they are, I don't attend anymore. The College atmosphere is where it is at. Frank, You have no reason to apologize to anyone for telling the truth. I'm happy to see that most people that have responded to your blog have been positive. That is pretty unusual for the internet. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. After the AZ win, I was writing your name in for Governor this fall and now I'm writing you in for President too. Stay positive and have a great Senior Year!!

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  5. Any mature adult thinks what you said is refreshing, honest and positive. Sadly, too many people just look for an opportunity to take a shot at someone. Don't sweat it or give it credibility by feeling like you need to respond to it. Keep doing what you're doing and bring home a title next year!

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  6. Eh who cares what anyone else thinks or says? I know the right decision was made because you made it. Life's too short to worry about what others think about the decisions we make.

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  7. I think you did a great job in that previous post. I think the fact that there is so much pressure for college athletes to go pro so early is really too bad. And I think, among many things, the money has to be very tempting. I give you a lot of credit for looking at all the pros and cons when deciding what's right for you.

    The college atmosphere, especially what you've just experienced this year, but every year at Wisconsin, is an exciting one! Stay in school. Have a great time next year. On Wisconsin!

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  8. As Ron Dayne once commented: "playing in college is fun, in the pros it's a job." I think Frank got it right the first time. College basketball doesn't need gimmicks and hype like the NBA to sell itself, it's pre-sold wherever it goes. Frank is going to play in the NBA in two years and I hope he makes a boatload of money, he's worked his ass off and deserves every good thing that comes his way.

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  9. Work hard this summer Frank! If you think this year was fun, wait till next year. Spot on with your NBA comments BTW.

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  10. Let's be honest here....the NBA is way boring compared to college basketball! I say to the Goofs who disagree "F'm if they can't take a joke"! GO BADGERS!

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    1. What makes the college game fun is that you can watch the whole game for 40 minutes and have fun watching. With the Pro game, skip everything until the last 2 minutes when the players finally give effort!

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  11. You did it right Frank, there was no malice in your comment. I fully can see your point of view playing for the UW. As a former alum, I get goose bumps hearing varsity, the Bud song, etc. Its all about allegiance and connectivity to one's alma mater.

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  12. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but the NBA is also a business. You don't get far with owners and league execs bashing the league (especially specifically calling out the team owned by the GOAT). That little asterisk by your name now means you will have to try that much harder to prove you deserve a chance over other top athletes. Only person hurt by the comments is really you.

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    1. You're right--it's a business. So they'll look at Frank's stats sheet (among 10,000 things; probably the way he ties his shoelaces, too) and they'll conclude what we all know: he can ball. Honestly, sounds like the only person actually hurt by the comment ... was you.

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  13. Franky baby, just keep on keepin on and you'll get a ring in college and a couple more in the league too.

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