Trash talk has been around since Naismith hung his first peach basket. And while a little jabber is fun now and again, there’s a time and place. Senior center Derrick Nix was recently quoted as saying that his #4-ranked Michigan State Spartans were underrated in comparison to the publicity that the #1-ranked Indiana Hoosiers are receiving nationally. Indiana visits East Lansing tonight.
“I don’t know if it’s us as players, I don’t know if it’s Michigan State, I don’t know what it is. I just feel like none of us get credit. (Indiana’s Victor) Oladipo is no different than (Branden) Dawson. Dawson’s not on the draft board, Oladipo is in the top 15.
“Payne is 6-10, can do everything that (Cody) Zeller can do. He’s not on the draft board, Zeller is in the top 5. I mean, I can do everything Reggie Johnson from Miami can do. He’s on draft boards, I’m not. Keith (Appling) can do everything Trey Burke can do. Trey Burke’s in the top 5, Keith’s not. Gary (Harris) can do everything that (Shabazz) Muhammad from UCLA can do. He’s on draft boards, Gary’s not. We’re just, we’re underdogs.”
While the confidence is a good thing and expected of major players at major college programs, Nix may have allowed his green-shaded glasses factor in a little too much. But that’s for the “experts”, “professionals” and fans to dispute. The professionals are the talking heads on television and radio.
ESPN radio host Adam Schenkel is supposed to be one of those professionals. Schenkel, on 1380 AM in Fort Wayne, Indiana responded to Nix’s statements with an incredibl UNprofessional tweet.
Nix, as you might remember, was caught with marijuana in his car this past offseason. Schenkel later tweeted that his job is to bring in ratings and money, hence his inflammatory comments.
Hey Adam, anyone on the radio can spew nonsense with the mic in front of their face. But the good ones talk about something worth discussing. The marijuana possession incident happened six months ago. The comments occurred days ago. You’re working too hard for material. Stay current.
His Twitter profile says his main job is a teacher. This stuff, Adam, is playground material.