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Meet the new Kendrick, same as the old Kendrick

Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:17 am
Edited on: December 15, 2011 11:18 am
By Gary Parrish

Jelan Kendrick was supposed to make his debut at Ole Miss on Wednesday night.

He's finally eligible.

But he didn't play a single minute.

Because he didn't even dress out for the game.

Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy called it a "coach's decision" and left it at that. But what if I told you I heard Kendrick was late for a team meeting on Tuesday night and then 30 minutes late for a one-hour shoot-around on Wednesday? Would it surprise you? It didn't surprise me given Kendrick's past because you have to be a special kind of knucklehead to get dismissed from a college basketball team before you ever play a game -- especially if you're a McDonald's All-American. But that's precisely what happened to Kendrick last year at Memphis, and, best I can tell, he hasn't changed much since he moved 80 miles south to Oxford.

He fought a teammate and seriously threatened another while at Memphis.

His entire time on campus was a mess.

But Kendrick is so talented that Ole Miss decided to give him a second chance, and I don't blame Kennedy at all. You don't turn down McDonald's All-Americans at Ole Miss. I don't care how crazy they are. You always make that gamble. But sometimes gambles in basketball -- and in life -- become losing propositions, and when that happens what once seemed worth it no longer does. Kendrick is getting closer and closer to falling into that category. He's killing his college career for the second time at a second school.

How are you late to a team meeting the night before your first game?

And what kind of person backs that tardiness with more tardiness the following day?

It's impossible to make sense of it without simply writing Kendrick off as hopeless, and that just might be the case. He's extremely talented on the court but terribly flawed off of it. People have been trying to help him for years. But now it's time for him to help himself or find something else to do besides be a headache for the latest coach who so badly wants to believe in him.

Since: Dec 15, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:23 pm

Meet the new Kendrick, same as the old Kendrick

How's the Lava Sauce collection goin Gary?


Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:12 pm

Meet the new Kendrick, same as the old Kendrick

The same kid will have to one day get a job or sit in a jail cell only then to realize he let a once in a million oppurtunity be aquandered simply because he believes in his own head life revolves around him. I should of said maybe one day cause there are still lots in those situations or worse and still are not able to grasp life for what it is or what it may present you.

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:56 am

Meet the new Kendrick, same as the old Kendrick


Since: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:37 am
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