It's that time of year again: Time for college basketball underclassmen to patronize us by claiming that their decision to declare for the NBA draft is "not about the money."
Let's take Indiana's Eric Gordon, for example. The Hoosiers' guard issued the following statement at his Monday press conference, during which he declared his intention to go pro.
"I'm doing this to compete at the highest level, not for the fame or the money," quoth Gordon.
Baloney! He's doing it for the money, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.
If someone was stupid enough to offer me millions of dollars to play basketball, I would take it. Wouldn't you?
You and I and everyone else in the world make decisions based upon money each and every day. There's no shame in admitting that you're doing something for the money. No way in hell would I come to work each day if I weren't getting paid. Granted, I don't make anywhere near what pro athletes make, but you see my point.
All these kids go to the league because they want to make big bucks, and I don't blame them. When opportunity knocks, you answer. That's how it works. No one in their right mind should take issue with that.
So why do these guys deny that it's about the money? Of course it's about the money! And that's fine with me.