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Posted: February 26th, 2010
Thabeet getting aired out on ESPN talk shows…

Memphis rookie center Hasheem Thabeet (smiling) is probably not too happy in the D-League right now.

I was watching ESPN’s Around The Horn and the panel debated the idea of the Memphis Grizzlies sending down their 7-foot-3 rookie center, Hasheem Thabeet, to the Dakota Wizards.

Pretty interesting stuff.

Denver Post columnist Woody Paige made the most open statement by saying, “Oh I’m gearing up to watch the Erie BayHawks and Dakota Wizards” in a very sarcastic manner. Remember Thabeet was the second overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, but has been a bust up to this point.

Then on PTI (Pardon The Interruption), Michael Wilbon and guest Dan Le Batard talked about it.

Even more interesting.

Wilbon opened up and asked if this was possible: “We all knew Hasheem Thabeet was going to be a project at No. 2, but the Developmental League?”

Le Batard responded by saying, “Never possible that  your No. 2 pick is playing for the Dakota W izards. This is really alarming.”

Wilbon came back and said  Thabeet needs minutes, but Le Batard replied with, “If this happens and you’re 23, you’re not going to be good.”

My take?

When DeJuan Blair owned him in college at Pittsburgh and UConn coach Jim Calhoun complained about it by essentially saying Blair was allowed to play against Thabeet as if they were both in the NBA.

So to me, that said Thabeet was not ready for the NBA and him getting sent down to the D-League tells me he’s still not.

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