I'd rally love, though, for them to get a year of growing up at college
before they go to the mission field.
Let's be real. Mika and Haws might get a shot in the NBA, Parker is top
prospect and if he continues on his arc, likely to be a NBA lottery pick. They
should make their choices based on this reality. I think it is important for
Haws and Mika to view education and other decisions like serving a LDS mission
based on the likelihood they don't make it in the NBA. It would be cool if
they did and they are great young men, but their situation is much different
I think it's great that these guys are going to serve missions. As with
every decision, there is usually some give and take. In this case, they will
gain valuable life experiences at the possible expense of not getting back to
the same level of play. For those who opt not to serve a mission, they will have
the chance to play an uninterrupted career, which hopefully translates to a
better chance of playing in the NBA (or NFL, etc.). Professional athletes have
different experiences from missionaries, but can still serve as powerful
examples and role models. Hopefully athletes are not judged by us fans over
their decision regarding mission service, as that decision is completely between
them and God. Sounds to me like they are all very upstanding young men, whether
or not they have decided to serve a mission.Good luck to them all!
And for those who have committed to BYU: Can't wait to watch you play!
Whether that be in a year or 3, we're excited to have you!
Sports memories are great of limited value and redundant, the same essential
thing just repeated over and over...whereas missionary experiences continue to
remind and teach uniquely, forever, in ways that lift the whole soul, not just
the physical side. If a young man were injured and his career
derailed, if he then chose a mission, wouldn't that be putting first things
second to worldly aspirations?I'll follow Jabari's career,
but not so much so as those who will sacrifice it all for the Lord, those are
the young men whom I most admire and respect.
TFF: I'm sure you talk to him on the phone every day and know every
thought in his head.Very presumptuous of you. From what I know of
Jabari and his faith and steadfastness as a young LDS man, I don't have
difficulty in believing he will second guess his decision a few times.But I won't judge him, or presume to speak for him.
@ wahuluiYou mean like Kobe Bryant did?...and Tracy McGrady, and Al
Harrington, and Tyson Chandler, and J.R. Smith, and Andrew Bynum?When Jabari signs his first deal worth millions he will have a lot of
feelings, but one of them won't be regret.
Way to go Emery...das ist Prima!!!
@WahaluiWhile I completely agree with you that missions are
wonderful experiences (not only for the missionaries but also those that are
served), I hope that people don't continue to harp on Jabari. He made his
decision, let us move on from that and just cheer for him to have a great
Had a LOT of fun tonight on the road in Montana, watching BYU dismantle Southern
Miss with a non-member Gonzaga fanatic work colleague, explaining about missions
and incredible ball players that are even more incredible young men.Would love to have the talent immediately, but moreso love to see young men to
whom basketball means much but God means more.
While I love these guys deciding to attend BYU, what thrills me for THEM and the
people whose lives they'll touch is their decision to serve a mission. It
is a powerful, incredible, life-affirming decision. Just like young men and
women who chose to serve in the military, there is great growth in serving
Jabari should have made the same decision Emery has. I'm guessing that at
some time in his future will be a sense of regret. The prospect of a
one-and-done 19 or 20 year old going into the NBA at likely the 3 spot does not
bode well. With his talent, giving himself a more complete chance to get his
degree and more fully mature before taking on the rigors of a brutal 82+ game
season would be the wiser choice, physically, mentally and spiritually. See
These are two high quality recruits. Hopefully we get good years out of them.