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Two San Diego idiots

July 30, 2010 - Mike Mathison

We all make choices in life. Some good and some bad.

Jeremy Tyler was allowed to make a terribly dumb decision last year where he bypassed his senior year of high school in San Diego to go play basketball in Israel in order to get ready for the NBA. In the 10 games Tyler played for Maccabi Haifa, he averaged a whopping 2.1 points and 1.9 rebounds in 7.6 minutes. He clashed with his coach over, you guessed it, playing time and walked out of one game at halftime.

How mature. My question is, what adults are letting a 17-year-old make this decision? He was allowed to do so because he is 6-foot-11 and can play basketball. He dominated his high school opponents and had a scholarship to Louisville to play for Rick Pitino. He turned that down (another stupid) decision to go overseas.

He is now headed to play with the Tokyo Apache of Japan's professional league. Let's hope this one works out, although history is not on his side.

On the other hand, San Diego's Shawne Merriman is holding out of training camp because he's tired of not knowing if he will be on the trading block.

"I need to know I'm not going to be on the trade block every three weeks," Merriman told the San Diego Union Tribune. "This is literally day to day how things progress, how things move. I don't want this to be a distraction to my teammates. I don't want this to be a distraction to me. I just want to get something resolved soon and go from there. The bottom line is when I get back on the field I plan on doing what I do best, and that is playing."

If you don't want it to be a distraction, shut up and play.


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