To the editor:
I have enjoyed following the exploits of Hamilton’s Michael Carter-Williams over the past few months as he led his Syracuse Orangemen to a surprise berth in this year’s Final Four. Kudos for an exemplary season. However, I can’t say the news that MCW has chosen to forgo his collegiate career and enter this year’s NBA draft is a happy ending.
I have no doubt his counsel of family and agents is vast and erudite, but I am still disappointed. I am not sure what is more disturbing — that he is not finishing something he committed to as a recruit and abandoning his Orange teammates as they matriculate into the formidable ACC, his generation’s lack of loyalty, the false promise of the NBA (consult former March Syracuse sensation Johnny Flynn) or the eroding ethos of education as a primary value. Michael Carter-Williams seems like a smart lad with a good family. Why is cutting bait for the NBA encouraged? He is leaving behind the best years of his life for a job, albeit a good-paying one. Bird, Jordan, Jabbar and D-Wade all stayed longer in college. The NBA was still there when they had conquered the NCAA.
I hope Michael succeeds. The odds say he will long for March Madness next spring when he is long on the bench in Sacramento. Let’s just hope he doesn’t rue the day he declared for the NBA. That would be a lost opportunity and a sad chapter to such a promising career.