Usually NBA fans have to wait awhile to see if their rookie draft picks are better than the other teams. Well Pippen Peoples, lucky for you, this is now a foregone conclusion. Your Chicago Bulls rookies, Doug McDermott and Cameron Bairstow is better than P.J. Hairston. Both of them. By far. No comparison. Do you want to know why? Because they seem to have something that is so simple to a human being, common sense.
Mini-camp has started for teams this week around the NBA. Rookies are getting ready for Summer Leagues and their first taste of the NBA experience. If you or anyone else that could make a complete thought would be resting and getting prepared for practice.
But this is P.J. Hairston.
I’m not going to waste your time, talking about all of the issues Hairston had at the University of North Carolina. That’s in the past right? We should all move on. That’s at least what P.J. Hairston would say, so out of respect for him, we’ll do just that. Let’s talk about this past weekend shall we?
Charlotte Hornets rookie and former UNC basketball player (I refuse to call this dude a star because he wasn’t) P.J. Hairston got in a fight at a Durham YMCA in a pickup game on Sunday. Here’s the kicker, it was a HIGH SCHOOL KID!
Now this dummy has to appear in court on August 8th, 2014.
It’s been a while since that I went on a wild rant, so enjoy!
Look, I don’t claim to be perfect, never have and never will but this dude P.J. Hairston is as dumb as mud backwards. On so many levels. Hairston should be in church for the second chance that he got, getting picked in the first round by the Charlotte Hornets in the first place. Now he has not only embarrassed himself, but the organization that bailed him out in the first place. Why is he dumb? Let’s break it all down.
1) Why in the world are you in Durham in the first place.
Look everyone, Durham is about two hours from Charlotte. It’s not an overnight trip. But who drives two hours for a pick up game? Trust me, I’m sure there are plenty of YMCA games going on in Charlotte. I will say this again because it is important to repeat…Mini camp is the next day. What if your car breaks down? Someone steals it? It gets towed? Pick a scenario, they all apply here. Do you really want to be late for your first day of mini camp?
2) What if you get injured?
If you have mini camp the very next day, what good are you if you turn your ankle or even worse, blow out your knee? Dummy! You haven’t even signed your rookie contract yet! Now basketball is a business. Forget the days when players used to say “I would play this game for free.” Oh you believe that huh? If that was the case we all wouldn’t be waiting for Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James to make up their minds. That’s a different rant for another time. Furthermore, I assume you will be doing a lot on running during these mini camps, don’t you think you might need some rest? Just sayin!
3) Why are you playing with high school kids?
I’m 41 years old and not in the NBA. Even I’m smart enough not to play with high school kids. It’s a no-win situation. They don’t have a complete understanding of the game and most of the time you end up playing the one kid that never made the team trying all of those basketball camp tricks…ON YOU! If you are playing with people you know and just out to have fun, cool! No problem! Here’s the only problem…
Based on reports, P.J. Hairston was getting annoyed after his team kept getting beat by the high school kid, Kentrell Barkley’s squad over and over again. Really?
Forget the fact that this kid’s team was daddying your team up and taking you to the shed. That’s an issue in itself based on the fact that you are a NBA player. The real question is, why do you care?
If you get in an altercation with a high school kid, again, it is a total no-win situation if a fight occurs. If you lose, you got your butt beat and everyone laughs at you. If you win, well look at what P.J. Hairston is dealing with now.
Kentrell Barkley, a 6 foot 5, 190 pound rising senior at Northern Durham High school says in court documents that Hairston “punched him in the head” during a game on Sunday at a Durham YMCA.
Kentrell Barkley’s description of events to ESPN.com on Sunday.
“We were playing open gym and I was running up the court and he hit me in the forehead with his fist,” “I walked up to him and asked him what happened and then he hit me again in the neck.”
Hairston’s agent Juan Morrow, confirmed to ESPN that his client threw a punch at Morrow but it was in retaliation.
“The pickup game got heated, the kid swung at P.J. and P.J. swung back, Morrow said. “P.J. did not go out and beat up a little kid like some people want to make it out to be.”
Sure, that knot sitting on Barkley’s forehead according Barkley’s guardian Rich Phillips reported by the Associated Press should alleviate any doubt.
Most NBA players will tell everyone they will buy their mama a car or a house. P.J. Hairston will be paying off a lawsuit.
Smooth start to a career slick! Chicago Bulls rookies, take note. Do the exact opposite of P.J. Hairston. Your career will last longer.