But Jesus' silhoutte on a waffle--in this age of constant media coverage of everything sports related, particularly drafts, can we get some agreement on height?
Earlier this week, me and a buddy (occasional contributor Miwacar) were discussing Derrick Williams, and I referred to him as 6' 8", and said buddy said, "I thought he was more like 6' 9"." And then ESPN's coverage started tonight, and he was listed at 6' 8, 3/4". So I called Miwacar, and I said, "I guess we were both right." And we shrugged our shoulders and moved on. That's a pretty specific measurement, after all.
And now, I'm watching NBA TV's recap of the draft, and Derrick Williams has apparently shrunk in the last few hours, because he's now 6' 7 1/4".
Goddamn it! That's an inch and half of difference. This should be a pretty easy thing to determine. I'm used to 5' 11" guys being 6' even. I get that. But this isn't in a media guide, and we aren't talking about a guy hovering between Total Basketball Irrelevance and Super Stardom, like say Kemba Walker is with his 5'11 or 6' 0".
Don't get me wrong--I don't think Derrick Williams' success or failure will be determined by that inch and a half that seems to be in contention. It's just the idea that we can't that shit straight that I find maddening. Let's get our shit straight, NBA. That is all.
Also, welcome Derrick! I hope you dunk on many people, but especially everyone on the Pacers, who I have worked up a lot of hate for over the years.