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Stanley Burrell cannot be held to 140 characters

Posted on: June 26, 2009 9:06 am
Edited on: June 26, 2009 9:21 am
 

One of the more interesting ways to follow the NBA Draft was -- surprise, surprise -- via Twitter .

Kevin Love was Tweeting every pick, seemingly confused at times about why his new GM selected 17 point guards. Kevin Durant was welcoming James Harden to Oklahoma City. Hasheem Thabeet was typing about the joy of looking at stars from a rooftop (or something like that). And then there was former Xavier standout Stanley Burrell, who started by rooting for Derrick Brown and then turned to defending Derrick Brown before ultimately criticizing Sean Miller.

It was fascinating stuff.

Burrell -- who played at Xavier from 2004 to 2008 -- started by predicting Brown would go here or there in the first round. It never happened, of course. So Burrell Tweeted that he was "jinxing my boy. im pulling for u and your fam D Brown. u deserve this!" Naturally, when Brown started slipping, some Xavier fans ripped his decision to leave school early. Why? Because that's what fans do. They love you when you play for their favorite team. But if you ever leave early they mock you if the decision doesn't go as planned.

Happens every year.

It happened this year.

But Burrell didn't like the tone.

So he took the time to defend Brown.

"Come on X-fans.. save the criticism on D Brown. My man is a special talent and he WILL be drafted tonight and he WILL make a roster. watch!"

Then ...

"if i recieve one more negative msg about D Brown, i will find a way to block that person. D is chasing a dream! Hes from xu- Support him!!!"

And then ...

"some of u fans really amaze me some time!!! makes the true xu fans, look bad."

And then (when Brown slipped well into the second round) ...

"Lets face it... SM isnt trying to develop pros. It was all about him! Look ive spoke to SM ONE time since grad. from X. Family huh? NOT! ... SM taught me many things that im thankful for. Most recently, this world is cut throat! GET YOURS WHILE U CAN! Wow!"

"SM" stands for former Xavier coach and current Arizona coach Sean Miller.

Brown confirmed as much in a later Tweet.

He then ranted against Miller in a magnificent way.

"I said what I said about Sean for a few reasons. 1) The fact that ive talked to a coach ONE TIME since grad. that i gave my blood, sweat, and tears for(for 4 yrs) is BULLSHIT! I sacrificed (just like the rest of my teammates) for Sean and our team...He made me believe that we were really like family to eachother. when really that was just a scheme to get us all to buy in to the "team system". He proved me right when i realized we only spoke once for about 15 secs when i attended the temple vs xu home game. i understand coach is really busy but i truly believed in the guy & what he taught me. i see now that really its all about getting yours while u can in any way u can. i remember reading a quote in the paper from Sean where he said, we win at XU without having a single pro on our roster. * Now even if thats true, do u really need to put us out there like that? Because we too want to provide for our families after college. And no, a comment like that wont keep us from being drafted into the NBA but it does show how Sean wanted all the success to be about him and his coaching. Lets not get my words mixed-up, sean is an amazing coach but if yall think that his coaching ALONE was the reason for all the success we had, YOURE WRONG! It also took guys in the locker room willing to give whats best for them PERSONALLY for the good of the team, the university's name & its winning tradition. Sean was just the one that seriously benefited financially. I have a degree and some of the most amazing memories from XU but the things ive learned since leaving xu makes me wish i would've done what was best for me and mine and not the other way around. Cuz thats what its about, right? Its not! but i learned the hard way. so i say congrats to D Brown for choosing to do whats best for him and his family (not saying that playing for coach mack would've hurt him for next yr because coach mack is a GREAT COACH that is definitely ready for this opportunity) but D Brown reached out and grabbed a piece for himself tonight, instead of just being on the giving end (like we were all trained to do at xu)."
Comments

Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2009 8:06 pm
 

Stanley Burrell cannot be held to 140 characters

Parrish!!! u are CONSTANTLY dumping on ZONA!!!  none of your article's are pro- AZ...

u seem to find a way to rant and rave and throw any1 and anything from Tucson under the bus whenever you get the chance.  whether its former players, our coaching issues over the past couple years, or a article from a former player/ current NOTHING... 

u just find ways to always have a negative perspective on the Cats... i dont know if your EAST COAST BIAS, or just plain ignorant... but come to the AZ team boards here on cbs, and you will find most of my fellow Cats fans agree....  U ARE AN AZ HATER!!!




Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2009 8:06 pm
 

Stanley Burrell cannot be held to 140 characters

Parrish!!! u are CONSTANTLY dumping on ZONA!!!  none of your article's are pro- AZ...

u seem to find a way to rant and rave and throw any1 and anything from Tucson under the bus whenever you get the chance.  whether its former players, our coaching issues over the past couple years, or a article from a former player/ current NOTHING... 

u just find ways to always have a negative perspective on the Cats... i dont know if your EAST COAST BIAS, or just plain ignorant... but come to the AZ team boards here on cbs, and you will find most of my fellow Cats fans agree....  U ARE AN AZ HATER!!!




Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2009 1:30 pm
 

Stanley Burrell cannot be held to 140 characters

If Burrell didn't like his role that Miller gave him, he could've always transferred to another school that would've utilized his offensive abilities more. Burrell his bitter and bitterness will ruin your life if you let it run your life.

Burrell seems bitter when in actuality, he should be thankful for the opportunities he had and was given.

The Bulls just drafted Taj Gibson more for his defensive skills than his offense, so it can be done. Burrell just wasn't good enough to be in the NBA, many great players aren't good enough. Deal with it whiner.



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2009 1:25 pm
 

Stanley Burrell cannot be held to 140 characters

Burrell needs to worry about his future, about himself, about his family because Sean Miller is not his babysitter. Sean Miller is not his father, mother, or sibling. He was his coach and yea, maybe Miller doesn't handle things as well as other coaches might, but that doesn't mean he's an a-hole either.

Burrell seems to be more concerned about ripping his coach instead of being thankful for Sean Miller giving him the opportunity to play at Xavier, to have some great years there where they went deep to the NCAA tournament.

Seems like Burrell is the one who has it wrong. Basketball is a team sport, not a me sport and Sean Miller's teams over the past several years have been about the team, about character, about working together to achieve great success in the postseason. His coaching style certainly worked.

Too bad Burrell is too much of a prick to put his ego aside and move on. Your time came and went so stop being a primadonna and move on.


Some athletes just don't get how good they had it. Miller isn't perfect, no coach is.



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2009 5:46 am
 

Stanley Burrell cannot be held to 140 characters

Why is i then that your reporting of  NCAA Basketball always pertains to a negative slant of situation when it comes to Arizona?  I am not sure you even see it?  Arizona has been an elite program for the past 20+ years.  Looking at all comparisons it is easy to place them among the top 7 programs in the Nation - (ESPN had them at number 5)     There is a story here that you may want to look at and it is more the "Phoenix rising from the ashes" type of hype!  Sean Miller hs come to the desert where the well was dry.... and has not only turned a Basketballl recruiting program from worst to first in the Pac 10, but has Arizona Fans, and a State reconnected!  This was done in only 4 months!  I appreciate you responding - but you really have to work your issues out about Arizona and see the program for what it is and what it has become -  and this my man is good for Basketball - there are a whole lot of teams that are pretty good West of the Mississippi!Cool



Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: June 27, 2009 5:20 pm
 

Stanley Burrell cannot be held to 140 characters

What a crybaby. NBA players are so unprofessional. So you got your feelings hurt. Suck it up and move on. Grow up.



Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: June 27, 2009 1:09 pm
 

Stanley Burrell cannot be held to 140 characters

Hey Parrish, isn't it time for a new haircut? I know you are hip being on twitter and all, but come on man you aren't a teenager are you?

I agree that you and dips**t Doyle never miss a chance run your mouth about Arizona any chance you get. How about an article on our 4 maybe 5 top 100 player 2009 recruiting class. So much for all you east coast bias writers stating that it would take years for the Arizona program to recover. LOL.



Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: June 26, 2009 9:27 pm
 

Stanley Burrell cannot be held to 140 characters

What a bum, this guy probably wouldn't be anywhere without coach Sean Miller.  This is just another case of a loser NBA player.  These guys do not realize what kind of gift they have been given.  They are spoiled little brats.  NBA is the biggest joke of a professional sport there is, no defense, no traveling, one or two men team.  It is an entertainment league, lets see how many points we can put up on the board tonight, I mean come on they even play music during play.  If you cannot make baskets in college, you will never see the NBA even if you are the best defenseman the league has to offer. 

I hate XU but Miller was a good coach and you could tell his players liked him.  I bet you 95% of his players would dissagree with these statements Burrell said.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2009 8:23 pm
 

Stanley Burrell cannot be held to 140 characters

Just read all the twitter litter from this guy. You know what it sounds like? It sounds like this kid needs to grow up and stop pointing fingers. Maybe you didn't make it in the league because you're not good enough, Stanley. Maybe Miller actually is a busy guy and his job doesn't revolve around contacting his former players to shoot the breeze. Of course he's benefitting financially from what he's doing. The NCAA is a business that takes advantage of its money-makers. Is that Miller's fault? And whether you truly appreciate it or not, a scholarship is a valuable thing -- if you take it seriously.

You keep saying he means a lot to you but you're pretty quick to trash the guy in a public forum. Maybe you should have called him. Maybe he thought he transformed you into a man who didn't need attention as you entered the real world. I don't even know you and you actually sound like a pretty darn nice person, but you'll never go anywhere by pointing fingers at someone else. I'm sure if you called up Miller and expressed your concerns directly to him you would find the same guy that meant so much to you.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2009 8:03 pm
 

Stanley Burrell cannot be held to 140 characters

You know, I can see where he's coming from. I mean, it's not like a basketball coach has a busy job or anything. And it's not like Miller has a family to spend time with during all that free time he has.


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