I believe in you Jared!!

As I mentioned before, I am from Ohio. I am a product of Ohio State. Both my parents went there. I grew up watching Ohio State football and Ohio State basketball. If I had ever mentioned “Michigan” in the house, my dad would probably have disowned me. Anyway, I still follow all things related to Ohio State. Football is a no brainer. We have one of the best teams in the country, year in and year out. Basketball on the other hand, has only been great from time to time. Some of you may remember the greats such as Jerry Lucas, John Havlicek, Dennis Hopson, Herb Williams, Jim Jackson, Perry Carter, Michael Redd, Scoonie Penn, Greg Oden, Mike Conley, and the most recent Evan Turner. Turner was drafted #2 overall by the 76ers a few weeks ago. Despite all these great players, we only won one championship, in 1960 (with the help of Lucas, Havlicek, and Bobby Knight).

I am hoping that this year will be different… much different. We finally have a player who was destined to be a Buckeye. His name is Jared Sullinger. If you want to read more about him, check out this Yahoo article. You can also read this ESPN article, which talks more about Ohio State’s chances this year. While he may only be a Freshman this Fall, I certainly have high hopes for his career. I think he is a stud now, and he will only get better.

He went to Northland High School, where his father coaches. He has two brothers who played basketball, including J.J. who played at Ohio State. One of my friends from middle school ended up attending Northland. They always had a good football team but never a good basketball program. I guess the new coach changed all that since I’ve been out of the country. I remember driving by that school many times on my way to my mom’s school. Not the most exciting place to drive by to tell you the truth.

It is interesting how such an average school like Northland can produce someone so special like Jared. Now, I know he’s no LeBron James. But I can only hope that he will someday be as dominant in the college level.

Posted on July 6, 2010 at 11:53 pm by Lee · Permalink
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  1. Written by Dan
    on July 8, 2010 at 9:27 pm
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    My final LBJ prediction: Miami

    Not really going out on a limb since ESPN already predicted he’s leaning that way.
    But here’s how I figure it’ll be Miami:

    If you had a choice to work with your good friends for a company that could be really good, but you’d get paid less money, would you do it? (Miami)

    Or would you choose a company that paid you a more but you didn’t have your buddies working there nor did you feel completely comfortable with the direction of the company (Cleveland)?

    And the 30 mil extra that Cleveland could pay – that would be for a 6th year (as opposed to other teams offering 5) – unless he gets injured or completely falls apart in 5 years, he’ll prolly be able to sign a contract for at least… say 15 m.. after his 5 years are up. So isn’t he only giving up about 15 mil? So in 6 years, he’ll earn..about 115 vs 130m. That’s 11%. So if you were making a huge amount of money, would you give up 11% of your salary per year to work with your good friends and probably be able to create the best company around?

    As far as legacy… is he as interested in that as say, Kobe is? I’m sure he wants to win championships.. but does he really want to be the best ever? Or is he more interested in being a global icon and having a great life surrounded by all his friends whom he’s also made rich and also win championships?

    So there you go.. My prediction: LeBron goes to Miami.

    Sidenote: I also think “management” had a lot to do with this decision, ie. does anyone really trust the Knicks? And Chicago doesn’t have a great reputation for showing players love after they’re done.

    If he does go to Miami and a big reason is the mgmt / owner there, then I think it’s a wake up call to all the owners who think they can run their organization however they want. The only question: Is Paul Allen listening?

  2. Written by Lee
    on July 8, 2010 at 9:56 pm
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    That makes total sense. I also believe that he is leaning towards Miami now, with Bosh and Wade already there. I am still hoping that he stays in Cleveland, but he’s not going to win enough Championships there. Maybe one or two. The other thing that he’s thinking about is life after basketball. He wants to be a global icon. Maybe he wants to own a team. He has a chance to do that in Cleveland (part owner) but he could also do that in Miami, knowing how they treat their employees. Miami is very loyal… Chicago definitely is not. Otherwise, Jordan would still be part of the team. Good point, Dan. We will find out in 12 hours…

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