On the even of the NCAA Tournament's tip-off, SMU head coach Larry Brown hopped aboard the "NOBODY CAN STOP KENTUCKY" train, hijacked it, and ran it straight into the disgruntled hearts and minds of NBA fans, players, and media.
Larry Brown just said "I honestly believe Kentucky would make the NBA Playoffs in the East"
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 18, 2015
His stunt pissed off some NBA people, the most vocal of which has been Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams. When asked to comment on Brown's opinion, Williams swatted the idea down, labeling it "crazy." "That's very ridiculous," he told the Daily News.
"The Cavs had three No. 1 picks last year (actually two), and they didn't make the playoffs," he said. "It sounds good. Could they win a game at some point in the season? Yeah. I'm saying they could probably win a game. Maybe. Once, twice."
His comment didn't stop there though. No, no, Brown struck a nerve here. Williams paused half-way through his answer, thought about his words more clearly, and jumped right back in.
"There's no way. I wish they would come in here," challenged Williams. "They're really good. They are really good. Don't let me take anything away from them. But that's just crazy. When you have a team full of 18-, 19-year-olds it's just completely different. You're going to catch a team tired one night, on a back-to-back, four games in five nights, then they could give them a run. But making the East? Making the playoffs? Playoffs?!"
We'll have to side with Williams and Jim Mora on this one. Larry Brown's an idiot.
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[via NY Daily News]