Posted on: May 8, 2008 6:50 pm
Question: Who is the first player to publicly withdraw from the 2008 NBA Draft.
Answer: Missouri's Leo Lyons.
Only a week after the NBA released the list of early entrants, Lyons released a statement Thursday afternoon explaining that he has tested the waters and heard all he needs to hear. Of course, I could've told him this wasn't a realistic option a week ago, which is why I wrote that it wasn't a realistic option a week ago. But this is no time to ridicule Lyons. Sure, it might've been silly to officially declare, but it would've been sillier to pointlessly drag this out. So I offer congratulations to the guy for recognizing his situation rather than being delusional about what's possible and what isn't.
"This process over the last two weeks has allowed me to get feedback from NBA organizations," Lyons said, "and now I get a chance to use that (to) my advantage."
Good for you, Leo.
Now go talk to your temmate, DeMarre Carroll, and make sure he follows your lead.