Dan Z wrote:Where did Anthony Edwards say that basketball isn't his favorite sport? It's football...correct? I haven't read the direct quote, but I get the feeling that it's blown out of proportion. Just because he prefers football doesn't mean he's a slacker or won't do good in the NBA.
There was also Charlie Ward who I think won a heisman) played in the NBA for awhile. He didn't have enough talent to stick around, but I doubt it was for a lack of effort.
Seems like Charlie Ward has zilch to do with Anthony Edwards, or the concerns with him. People were perfectly right to have some concerns about Ant’s mentality and approach, he had a kind of spacey immature air to him that was hard to miss in any of his interviews. And he did indeed allude to not being that motivated about basketball several times in that article (although he said he got over that in the same article). That’s a red flag and, if he were playing terribly and quitting on games, everyone here would be harping on it and yelling ‘how did these feels draft him at #1 when he said he didn’t even like basketball?!?’
As with other draft things, no one can tell what’s real and what’s not, what’s going to be the final story on someone. We knew that he wasn’t for sure a hard worker and we knew that he was insanely athletic but had some BBIQ concerns, but that’s all we knew at draft time. The rest is up to unknown things within Ant and his future self. (Quick example is Ben Simmons, constantly knocked as uncompetitive and a lazy defender at draft time, ended up being a ferocious competitor once he was challenged.)