The Duke Curse & Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving - NCAA Basketball Tournament - Second Round - Charlotte

Being a UNC Tarheel fan people would expect me to hate on Duke and everything they stand for (which I do), but in this post I’m going a different route. As I sat back vibing to the eclectic sounds of Gilbere Forte’s Unbreakable, I came across an article about Duke’s Kyrie Irving and his announcement of going pro. Instantly, thoughts of “was this a good decision” and “what about the CURSE?” popped into my head. So this had me thinking about the “Curse.” When it comes to the Duke curse I vehemently argue and point out the ineffective Duke players that have left Duke for the NBA. After further examination of this curse I realize that there is a loophole.

More after the jump.

Players like Bobby Hurley, Christian Laettner, Cherokee Parks, Grant Hill (who somewhat beat the curse), William Avery, Trajan Langdon, Daniel Ewing, Roshown McCleod, Mike Dunleavy, Sheldan Williams (let’s face it, he’s nothing special), Jay Williams, Chris Duhon, Jon Scheyer, and soon-to-be bums Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith, all have the same pattern. They all stayed at Duke for more than a year. Elton Brand gets a pass since he, Grant Hill, J.J. Redick, Gerald Henderson (verdict is still out), and Shane Battier are the only ones to make something of themselves after playing at Duke for multiple years. Here bears the question. Who are the exceptional ones? Carlos Boozer, Corey Maggette, Luol Deng. Yeah. That’s it. One thing they all have in common? They only stayed at Duke for one year.

It seems to me that if you’re a true NBA talent you know that only one season at Duke is enough to get you sucked into that “Team before Me” mentality that all of their players fell victim to. Everyone wants to be the consummate team-mate, but when you know that you can consistently dominate us mere mortals on the court then why not do it? If you haven’t noticed the NBA is made of the most athletic/agile athletes in the world. When a player is considered to be in that illustrious category, why wouldn’t they show signs of selfishness and discontent? While at Duke its said that Boozer (the best last name) was the “black sheep” of the team, he kept to himself and rarely attended team functions like bible study, feeding the homeless, passing out condoms, and whatever Mother Teresa type crap they had them doing. As for Maggette, he was just immature and wanted to party and break off a few future doctors and general attorneys. Deng, it may have been a language barrier, who knows!? My point is that these three only lasted at Duke for one year or at least till the spring semester. And these three were all considered top NBA prospects, although Boozer was shockingly drafted in the 2nd round.

Let’s think. Does going to Duke guarantee a great education? Yes. Will you become a better person after graduating? Yes, like anyone else. Will playing there get you into the NBA? Chances are slim. Which brings me back to Kyrie Irving. I’m from New Jersey, so a part of me will root for the hometown guy, unless your name is Jay Williams (sorry I played against him in high school and summer camps), for that I gave Kyrie a pass. Disappointment was brought upon me when Irving got injured, since I wanted to see him do well (except against UNC). Now since the injury and only playing 11 games this year I thought he would come back due to that fact that he only played 11 games, if that was to happen then the “Curse” would be effective. Either someone got in Irving’s ear and made him aware of the curse, or the fact that he would be the #1 pick in the draft swayed his decision, is up in the air. My guess is that the “Curse” hit him during the season, which would be a first, so he may be in the clear and have a great NBA career if what I’m believing is true. Which it is.

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