Man that's why I would've much rather them be transparent, it comes across much more sincere. All this espionage is just unnecessary, if you kept it 100 from the jump then all the scrutiny and uncertainty wouldn't hold water. I say that to say this, it still seems strange to me or a bit off.PrimeThyme wrote:The Bamba nightmare continues. This obviously extends beyond basketball and I do wish him the best, COVID certainly seems to affect everyone differently, I just think its incredibly unfortunate how, once again, this organization chose to handle things from a media standpoint.
Not disclosing the illness and seemingly using that and him, a professional athlete, being out of shape (despite apparently working out and putting on muscle) as an excuse not to play him just looked bad from that start. If he couldn't reveal the illness at least don't insinuate that him being out of shape due to putting on weight is why he couldn't. Especially after he went to the media and talked about how much he's been working out and the amount of muscle he put on.
They did the same thing with his stress fracture last year. They were so vague about his injury and when he would come back instead of just ruling him out for the season (he was a raw 20-year-old 7-1 center with a stress fracture for god's sake). Instead, all it did was cause people to speculate that Birch playing well and Bamba's poor play before the injury was the reason they didn't bring him back.
People can say that media and fan perception doesn't matter, but the fact is it does. It's why professional organizations have an entire team of people dedicated to handling it. We don't do it well.
Coming into this mo said in an interview he was feeling good and ready to go. Even further into the seeding games playing under restriction he in another interview insinuated that he was frustrated with the minute restriction. Now is this something that flared up all of a sudden? Or did the doctors let something slip through the cracks? I'm sure he had to be cleared by doctors to even play so what happened here? Seems like he should've been shut down from the start.