Some things bother me a little, some things bother me A LOT.

Well, there’s very few things that bother me more than when people talk out their ass.

For example, this take on the future of some notable NCAA college basketball players from this year, from Grantland’s Andrew Sharp:

“Wiggins and Embiid and Parker were never quite as amazing as we hoped, but there’s still time on the clock here. You know how they can amaze us for real?

Stay in school.

Learn the game. Grow. Get better.

Come back to campus and decide that NBA millions can wait.”

Wait, but why should they come back?

Alright, blow my mind, Andrew.

“I haven’t been in this business forever, but I’ve been here long enough to know that sometimes it pays to say no to all the yes-men telling you to go for the instant gratification. If you wait a little longer and work a little harder, it pays off in more ways that your calculator can count. That, to me, is what the college game is all about.

That’s what I want for these kids.

It’s not about the NCAA tournament or March Madness or anything else. It’s about what’s best for Andrew Wiggins. What’s best for Jabari Parker. What’s best for Joel Embiid.”

Very noble, Andrew.

But also, very full of shit.

Because, how does it go? “America is not a country, it’s a business.”

You know what’s best for the aformentioned college athletes? Money. Because everybody likes (and wants) money.

Lot’s of big, fat, juicy money.

“Look at it logically. Parker and Wiggins can get paid next year, sure, but they’ll be on crummy teams with no one to teach them how to be a man.”

Yeah, maybe, probably, BUT… why wait a year when you can have it now?

See, Sharp’s arguments are hollow for one reason and one reason only: He disregards the bottom line.

The bottom line is that everything in our workforce revolves around money.

The bottom line is nobody works for free.

The bottom line is that you are either foolish, selfish or disingenuous when you tell other people to leave millions of dollars on the table for… what, exactly?

Yeah, they will get better in year 2 of college.

Will that be a domino effect for their future career? Who knows!

(BTW, aside from the patriarchal crap, the last half of the article reached further than this guy.)

In that whole piece, there was never a tangible argument made for Parker, Wiggins and Embiid to stay in school.

That’s because there isn’t one to be made.

In American business, there’s nothing more tangible than money.

Money that Parker, Wiggins and Embiid have already earned through their performance.

And there is nothing more American than that.

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