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Stanley Burrell cannot be held to 140 characters

Posted on: June 26, 2009 9:06 am
Edited on: June 26, 2009 9:21 am

One of the more interesting ways to follow the NBA Draft was -- surprise, surprise -- via Twitter .

Kevin Love was Tweeting every pick, seemingly confused at times about why his new GM selected 17 point guards. Kevin Durant was welcoming James Harden to Oklahoma City. Hasheem Thabeet was typing about the joy of looking at stars from a rooftop (or something like that). And then there was former Xavier standout Stanley Burrell, who started by rooting for Derrick Brown and then turned to defending Derrick Brown before ultimately criticizing Sean Miller.

It was fascinating stuff.

Burrell -- who played at Xavier from 2004 to 2008 -- started by predicting Brown would go here or there in the first round. It never happened, of course. So Burrell Tweeted that he was "jinxing my boy. im pulling for u and your fam D Brown. u deserve this!" Naturally, when Brown started slipping, some Xavier fans ripped his decision to leave school early. Why? Because that's what fans do. They love you when you play for their favorite team. But if you ever leave early they mock you if the decision doesn't go as planned.

Happens every year.

It happened this year.

But Burrell didn't like the tone.

So he took the time to defend Brown.

"Come on X-fans.. save the criticism on D Brown. My man is a special talent and he WILL be drafted tonight and he WILL make a roster. watch!"

Then ...

"if i recieve one more negative msg about D Brown, i will find a way to block that person. D is chasing a dream! Hes from xu- Support him!!!"

And then ...

"some of u fans really amaze me some time!!! makes the true xu fans, look bad."

And then (when Brown slipped well into the second round) ...

"Lets face it... SM isnt trying to develop pros. It was all about him! Look ive spoke to SM ONE time since grad. from X. Family huh? NOT! ... SM taught me many things that im thankful for. Most recently, this world is cut throat! GET YOURS WHILE U CAN! Wow!"

"SM" stands for former Xavier coach and current Arizona coach Sean Miller.

Brown confirmed as much in a later Tweet.

He then ranted against Miller in a magnificent way.

"I said what I said about Sean for a few reasons. 1) The fact that ive talked to a coach ONE TIME since grad. that i gave my blood, sweat, and tears for(for 4 yrs) is BULLSHIT! I sacrificed (just like the rest of my teammates) for Sean and our team...He made me believe that we were really like family to eachother. when really that was just a scheme to get us all to buy in to the "team system". He proved me right when i realized we only spoke once for about 15 secs when i attended the temple vs xu home game. i understand coach is really busy but i truly believed in the guy & what he taught me. i see now that really its all about getting yours while u can in any way u can. i remember reading a quote in the paper from Sean where he said, we win at XU without having a single pro on our roster. * Now even if thats true, do u really need to put us out there like that? Because we too want to provide for our families after college. And no, a comment like that wont keep us from being drafted into the NBA but it does show how Sean wanted all the success to be about him and his coaching. Lets not get my words mixed-up, sean is an amazing coach but if yall think that his coaching ALONE was the reason for all the success we had, YOURE WRONG! It also took guys in the locker room willing to give whats best for them PERSONALLY for the good of the team, the university's name & its winning tradition. Sean was just the one that seriously benefited financially. I have a degree and some of the most amazing memories from XU but the things ive learned since leaving xu makes me wish i would've done what was best for me and mine and not the other way around. Cuz thats what its about, right? Its not! but i learned the hard way. so i say congrats to D Brown for choosing to do whats best for him and his family (not saying that playing for coach mack would've hurt him for next yr because coach mack is a GREAT COACH that is definitely ready for this opportunity) but D Brown reached out and grabbed a piece for himself tonight, instead of just being on the giving end (like we were all trained to do at xu)."

Since: Aug 19, 2007
Posted on: June 26, 2009 7:33 pm

Stanley Burrell cannot be held to 140 characters

If Burrell has a problem with his former coach, he should not post about it on Twitter. He should go talk to Miller in person, or if he doesn't want to do that, he should rant to his family/friends in private. I think it is uncalled for to defame a coach like this-- a coach that spent countless hours helping Burrell and the rest of his teammates achieve their basketball goals.

Miller might be at fault here. If what Burrell says is true, then he certainly has a right to be upset. But he shouldn't post about it on Twitter.

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: June 26, 2009 7:09 pm

Stanley Burrell cannot be held to 140 characters

If you are now glad that Miller is gone just because of what Burrell said on his Twitter account, then you are an idiot. Miller took Xavier from obscurity to a tournament contender. Since when has being a team player made the NBA overlook someone? Take a look at Vince Carter's NCAA stats because they are nothing special but look at where he ended up as a team player. Good luck in the NIT with Coach Mack after all of Miller's recruits are gone.

Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: June 26, 2009 4:47 pm

Stanley Burrell cannot be held to 140 characters

dbljfromuofa, did you actually read my post? My point was that this is just the latest in a long line of GP stories attempting to tarnish Arizona. Go back and check out some "highlights" from GP's archives. Here is the story- the NBA draft happened last night, with tons of interesting storylines and tons of interesting angles and ramifications for players, programs, etc. Outside of tourney time and actual games, this is the single most interesting day of the year for NCAA hoops. Yet, what does Parrish choose to write about? He writes an article sourcing the inane twitter rants of a disgruntled former player that most college bball fans have never heard of.  And these rants just so happen to be directed at the present day UA coach.  If you've followed Parrish's history of taking shots at UA, this will not come as a surprise.  If Sean Miller was still coaching XU, then odds are Parrish would have found something more relevant to write about....although I may be presuming too much there.

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: June 26, 2009 3:57 pm

Stanley Burrell cannot be held to 140 characters

Spin - What are you talking about??? What article did you read? I just read GP's post for today and I took it as Burrell having issues, not Parrish reporting Burrell's issues. There was no knock of the UofA. If you went to the Arizona, I would have hoped you got as good an education as I got there. GP's isn't ranting, he's reporting about a guy that's ranting. Sean Miller is a good coach that I hope becomes a great coach at Arizona. It sounds like Burrell has issues with him, not Parrish.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2009 3:47 pm

Stanley Burrell cannot be held to 140 characters

What would make you think I'm "dumping" on Miller? You've consistently done it in the past.
I'm quoting one of his former players. At least you're actually quoting somebody this time.
This ain't about me, man. And it's not about Memphis, either. Thanks for that at least.
I just found the whole thing interesting. Fair enough, but don't act like you don't know why Arizona fans hate you and Doyel.

Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2009 3:46 pm

Stanley Burrell cannot be held to 140 characters

Stanley tends to be overly dramatic. Some of what he is saying is true and a sense of betrayal will naturally be fealt by a lot of the XU players and fans, but it doesn't mean that you have to "go out and get yours" and not worry about your team. I agree that Sean Miler did nottruly believe that he could win it all at Xavier. I had a coach that told us in high school that we could win it all, but I knew he didn't really feel that way and when he left us similar to how Miller left Xavier (minus the extra financial benefits) to go to a bigger program, I was bitter and resentful. But that did not change the fact that I was a part of a team and a program that had values and an unselfish mentality. Burrell makes the most important point of all that actually contradictrs his own argument: "Lets not get my words mixed-up, sean is an amazing coach but if yall think that his coaching ALONE was the reason for all the success we had, YOURE WRONG! It also took guys in the locker room willing to give whats best for them PERSONALLY for the good of the team, the university's name & its winning tradition."
Sean Miller did not make Xavier what it is. He certainly helped and was a part of a huge and very successful and progressive program, but the key to the success of Xavier basketball is consistency. The University never puts an individual or winning ahead of INTEGRITY. They hire and recruit players and coaches who believe in the system and philosophy of the University and they keep on moving along. You will NEVER see Xavier in the paper for NCAA violations or for something completely unethical. The "family" mentality makes all of this possible. When Sean Miller caoched at Xavier he followed through on those philosophies, so I cannot fault him for his behavior at all. I do however, want to urge Stanley to calm down. Myself and many other X fans feel your pain, but Xavier never dwells on the past. We have switched coaches every few years for a long time, but what is more important and representative of our program is that EVERY YEAR WE ARE BETTER THAN WE WERE BEFORE. We continue to grow no matter who is at the helm, and you Stanley, you were a big part of that program and will always be a big part of it. So just be careful at how public you go with these things. If it reflects badly on yourself or the school then do not say it. This is the kind of article I hate seeing on a national website, and guys like Parrish will always be happy to embarrass smaller schools like Xavier.
Oh, and I hate Twitter.

Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: June 26, 2009 3:34 pm

Stanley Burrell cannot be held to 140 characters

I don't think Miller screwed Burrell but he did totally change his game from a player that could score and seemed like he could be something special on offense to solely a defensive stopper.  Miller had Burrell concentrating so much on his defense that by the time he was done with school he had no shot at the NBA because he didn't have a chance to develop his offensive game.  So I can see why Burrell is pissed at Miller even though Miller was just doing what was best for the team. 

Since: Oct 16, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2009 3:12 pm

Stanley Burrell cannot be held to 140 characters

Look, we at Arizona have known for a long, long, long time that CBS and the Eastern Sports Peoples' Network don't like us for whatever reason.  Guess what, we stopped listening to you all a long, long, long time ago.  We read your assessments just so we can shove it down your crawl later on when they prove to be grossly inaccurate and they always are. 

Coach Olson got no respect for what he built here in the desert, there were no tributes from any of the popular sports networks, only short story's proclaiming his retirement due to health reasons.  God forbid if this would have been Coach K, Williams or any of the east coast darlings, we would still be reading about all their accomplishments. 

So some no name doesn't like Coach Miller...  Waaaaaaa!!!    Who is Stanley Burrell anyway?   

As far as trying to sabotage our recruiting this year, your a day late and a dollar short, we now have a top 15 class coming in and this after all our previous recruits bailed.  Except for Solomon Hill who came back. 

By the way I'm no expert but I am willing to bet that we make the tournament for the 26th straight year in a row!
And to win it you've got to be in it!!!


Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2009 2:59 pm

Stanley Burrell cannot be held to 140 characters

Sounds to me like Burrell is bitter.  How is it Sean Millers fault that Brown didn't get picked in the first round?  He's says they've only spoke once since he graduated.  My phone not only recieves calls but also dials out.  Im sure Miller is a very busy man.  He helped Burrell get an education and gave him the opportunity to be a part of a top 25 program.  The way he comes across I think he's mad because Miller didn't run the offense for him so he could put up big numbers to try and help his basketball career after college. 

Burrell should be thankful for the opportunities he was given.  There are a million kids out there that would like to be a part of a top 25 program, have their college paid for and have the right to say they played in the NCAA tourney.  Miller is not wrong for running a system that gives his team the best chance to succeed.   His job is to teach kids the game, get them through school,  and run a successful program.  Mission accomplished.

Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: June 26, 2009 2:28 pm

Stanley Burrell cannot be held to 140 characters

C'mon Parrish, your act is getting so old. This is your article on the day after the draft, one of the biggest nights for NCAA hoops? There were numerous current NBA players, former coaches and players, analysts etc, writing and tweeting about the draft. However, you decide to pick up and run with the ranting tweets from a former college player that only XU fans have heard of? Your turn this into an entire article!?
I don’t know what Az did to turn you into such an enemy, but this article shows how far (or low) you will go to jump on every opportunity to disparage UA. Were you denied admission at UA? Did Lute not answer a question from you at some point and time? I know that sportsline allows you the freedom to not be an impartial source of news, but your constant negative portrayal of Arizona is so tired. I mean, this is Stanley Burrell…. how many people had even heard of this guy before this article? His biggest claim to fame is that he shares the same name as MC Hammer.

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