MINNEAPOLIS After Kim English's junior year at Missouri, the basketball program was in chaos. The team had wildly underperformed in the NCAA tournament, losing in the first round to Cincinnati, and after repeated assurances that he'd remain with the Tigers, coach Mike Anderson announced on March 23 that he'd accepted the head coach position at Arkansas.
Then, a little more than a week after Anderson's departure, English announced he'd declared for the NBA draft. He reportedly made the decision before Missouri hired its next coach, Frank Haith, but the information leaked on the same day as the official announcement of the hire.
It looked to all the world like a protest of the school's choice, a coach who'd struggled to find success in seven seasons at Miami. English's scoring averaged had dropped by 4.0 points that season, making it his worst yet. Why else would he have entertained the idea of going pro?
Looking back, it's almost laughable. Eng...