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  • Without Doke. Pretty much says it all.



  • 6-0 says Rock Chalk Championship.



  • I’m disappointed in the effort tonight but as I’ve said before its been the perfect storm to dethrone us.



  • BShark said:

    Without Doke. Pretty much says it all.

    Yep. This team is a 6-8 seed the way it’s constructed right now.



  • Isn’t it funny how people thought we’d be better without Doke in the lineup at the beginning of the season? lol.

    At this point, it may have all worked out for the best. I don’t know that we were the best team in the country even with him. Certainly Top 5, imo. But if he comes back next season surrounded by all those Sophomore’s (and Hopefully Hurt) we could be preseason #1 all over again.



  • I’m never ever going to believe preseason polls or what others tell me about our players, til they actually play. False hope, I had to much.



  • Crimsonorblue22 said:

    I’m never ever going to believe preseason polls or what others tell me about our players, til they actually play. False hope, I had to much.

    How good is this team with Doke and Silvio though? Even just Doke healthy all year and this team is a 1 seed imo.



  • @BShark I’m serious here … if we had Doke and DeSousa from the start, I think there is a chance that we are undefeated. Certainly, 2-3 losses at most. The rest of the Big 12 could not match up – the only loss I think would have been reasonable here no matter what would be the ASU game. That pre-Christmas road game nearly always sucks. And maybe we lose at TT. That is it.

    The ASU game was our first loss anyway.



  • @HighEliteMajor Agree. The difference is clear and stark. Doke is an absolute load, tough to handle. KU likely gets crushed by MSU and Tenn without Doke.



  • @BShark This was a national championship season … bad luck with Doke and the NCAA stuff with DeSousa stole that. The latter, much of our own doing of course.



  • @BShark I’m officially a Debbie downer now. I was shocked about our D last pm. Extremely disappointed! I guess we can’t say we get every teams best shot, although I still feel that way🤔



  • what was worse the defense or how many shots never looked like they had a prayer of going in. Do we practice shooting?



  • BeddieKU23 said:

    Do we practice shooting?

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  • We’ve only lost twice since Legarald officially took leave of the team. Not sure if he is enough to overcome horrible team performances against Tech and last night. But of course, we were grumbling about him starting about a month ago. He started playing hero ball around the middle of January and I’m thinking we win a game or two more with an engaged early season form Lagerald Vick. Maybe it’s hard to prove too. IDK, but he shoulders some blame here, maybe a lot, at least when it comes to winning the league title.



  • If we have good Vick not Evil Vick, we prob had a way better chance last night but we prob beat KSU on the road with good Vick but he was evil that game lol.



  • Vick apparently not coming back for senior day

    Kinda sad all around



  • Vick not coming back for senior night is giving great credence to the belief that the “story” about his departure was actually a “cover story.”

    His mom posted a picture of Legerald 5 days ago — really looked like he was needed back home.

    It’s as if we’re stupid.



  • @HighEliteMajor he can’t say he was an a$$🕳



  • @HighEliteMajor

    “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

    LaGerald “Ephesians 24” Vick’s mom knew he had to change his mindset. And LaGerald believed it, but he just couldn’t maintain it. He may look back at Kansas as his biggest wasted opportunity. He may look back at it as people screwing him over, as Brannen once seemed to believe (maybe still does). I hope he does neither, or if he does do a bit of the former, I hope he forgives himself and moves on, and I hope he gets his chance to do something great and goes hard after it. There is a fire in the kid. It can still be focused and channelled into something special. It doesnt have to be as an NBA player.



  • Tharpe, Adams, Vick, Greene, Bragg, Giles. The land of the lost.



  • @HighEliteMajor Try again. Lots of compliments from Self on KUSports. This guy you have such disdain for has managed to stay on track to graduate in May. That also benefits KU.

    “While away from the team, Vick has continued to take care of his academic responsibilities and next week is expected to complete an 8-week online class that was one of two classes he needed for graduation on his schedule for the spring semester.”

    You seem to love kicking every player who leaves for any reason you deem unacceptable. Perhaps you know it all (your famed secret information) but I doubt it.



  • HighEliteMajor said:

    Vick not coming back for senior night is giving great credence to the belief that the “story” about his departure was actually a “cover story.”

    His mom posted a picture of Legerald 5 days ago — really looked like he was needed back home.

    It’s as if we’re stupid.

    Self doesn’t publicly throw kids under the bus for these issues. Giles was the only person I believe that was forced to leave because of an issue that was known publicly. Other than that, everyone else has been allowed to leave under circumstances that didn’t ruin their basketball futures at wherever their next stop was.



  • @approxinfinity good “deep thoughts”!



  • @Texas-Hawk-10 Yea, I know that. I said that literally right after Vick was suspended. It seems highly likely that Self made up a story and lied. Not for sure. But highly likely. With Vick’s mom a part of it. I’m sure there will be some other info strategically leaked to try to support the narrative.

    Of course, though, Self HAS thrown Vick directly under the bus since that time. We all know how. It has been far less than subtle — our locker room is so good now, we’re playing as a team, having fun coaching, etc.

    Literally two days after Vick leaves, he’s extolling the virtues of the “best locker room we’ve had all year by far.”

    So Vick, despite the ridiculous cover story, has been thrown directly under the bus by Self.

    Of course, he probably deserves it. I’d just prefer it be more honest and up front instead of all the passive aggressive baloney from Self on this. It’s not a good look. In fact, it’s really a negative look.

    https://247sports.com/college/kansas/LongFormArticle/Bill-Self-talks-KU-basketball-Big-12-race-after-TCU-win-129053230/

    @mayjay Oh, right, and you know. You can start in on you’re moralizing crap I guess if you see fit. Just making up something (that I have “disdain” for Vick) to suit your purposes is par for the course.

    I’m well past believing anything that comes out of Self’s mouth on players. He protects players. Nice quality. But it is lying. Just like the Tharpe b.s. And on Brannen Greene.

    And then, which is undeniable, he has not so subtly called out Vick as mentioned above. Really, his comments could not be more clear. Or you can act as if it didn’t happen.



  • @HighEliteMajor

    “People should remember Lagerald in a very favorable way,” Self said Thursday at his regular weekly press conference. “No question. We won three (league titles) and won 10 games in the NCAA Tournament in (his first) three years. You know, there’s not too many players out there in the country who can say that. And he’s played a role in that and, certainly, he got better over time.”

    Under the bus, huh? What color are the clouds in your world?



  • @KUSTEVE Good grief. Yes, saw that. Obviously that’s a nice thing for Self to say.

    But whatever clouds you are referring to may be obscuring your vision. That’s if we are actually wanting to view things with open eyes.

    From a story on February 15, Vick left Feb 7.

    “I kind of like where we’re at. I think it’s been fun,” said Self, whose Jayhawks (19-6, 8-4 Big 12) play host to last-place West Virginia (10-14, 2-9) at 3 p.m. Saturday. “I think the last week or so has been a lot of fun to be honest with you, just kind of tinkering and seeing guys develop right before your eyes.”

    “It’s also a bunch of young kids out there having fun…”



  • @HighEliteMajor Is that your smoking gun? Sounds to me like he was trying to encourage a young team that was now starting 4 freshmen. I know that doesn’t fit your anti-Self narrative, but it’s closer to the truth, imo. It’s not often we have a player that simply quits on a team, regardless of the circumstances. i could think of some coaches around the country that would’ve been far less diplomatic than Self was with Vick. Your buddy Squeeky Weber would’ve had a nervous breakdown.



  • @KUSTEVE Oh, another quick quote, this after the third game after Vick’s departure: “I’m enjoying being around them and coaching more because there seems to be more positive energy,” Self said. “It’s starting to get fun and fun is imperative.” And after that same game, “If we had played better earlier, or played with this type of energy and freedom, I think that we’d be in a much more favorable position. But we didn’t.”

    It only takes a little bit to send you off the deep end. Right, though, a lot of coaches might have been less diplomatic. That goes to the “truth” element. And I blame Vick completely for his failure to capitalize on this opportunity. This is one that is 100% on the player (but by making such a comment, of course, I’ll get grief for kicking a player when he’s down). Either way, I don’t care. Truth is truth. I’ve also said it is an admirable quality that Self protects his players. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not a lie, or significantly untrue. So I guess you believed the Tharpe departure story, too? The clear tone of Self’s comments since Vick’s departure has been to emphasize how much better things are for him and the team. Which is probably true … but when the newly divorced wife proclaims how great life is now, how fun things are now, and bad things were earlier, that quite clearly implies something.

    And I don’t know why you’d bring up Weber. But you spelled Squeaky wrong. Actually, I do know why … you float dishonest stuff to fit your anti-Self narrative. Easy.



  • And we are back to normal, I see.

    Quick question: is your attack (“lies” “lying”) not “moralizing”? Or is it just me, because mine is directed toward wanting more civility toward Self and players, whereas yours reflects condemnation because–boo hoo–you are not happy with their failure to meet your expectations?



  • Vick was bad for the team chemistry. If I’m not mistaken he flat out said I quit during his last game. Self has covered for him, but I don’t feel like he is lying anymore than any other social curtesy. I don’t consider it a lie when I tell someone they look good when they don’t because they need a lift. I don’t consider it a lie when Bill plays Grimes thru all his crappy play and tries to build him up with positive reinforcement instead of tearing him down to start back over as he normally does.

    It’s really an argument over semantics. I think your cologne stinks good. I think you smell nice. Says the same thing, one has a negative connotation. Saying Bill lied implies he did something wrong (maybe even kicked Vick off the team). Saying Bill covered for Vick implies he cares and Vick left in decent standing.

    Made up scenario: if I went on a KSU site and starting saying that Webber lied and that Wade was healthy and he constantly throws players under the bus, I don’t think I would be too popular. But if I said that Weber was gaming the future opponent by saying Wade was hurt against KU is it still a lie? Does it still piss off the fan base? Is there ever a reason for a lie?

    By the way I like your shirt. It’s nice to meet you. I enjoyed this conversation…social platitudes are not only nice, but necessary. It takes an extreme amount of energy to be nice and polite that’s why I appreciate those who put forth the effort and have not much use for the lazy jerks.



  • It seems pretty evident that Lagerald Vick quit and that’s sad for all parties involved. Earlier in the year he was in draft boards for early second round, a good tournament he may have slipped into the first round. It frustrating personally for me because I worked my ass off to be an average player and these guys that have a gift throw it all away. The world is a funny place in those terms. I applaud Bill Self for handling it like a professional and not throwing him under the bus.



  • @HighEliteMajor You are the one accusing our coach of being a big fat liar with absolutely no proof…once again. HIGH ELITE INNUENDO …lmao.



  • The truth, the whole truth, is not being released by anyone including Self. “His family needs him”, “he’s taking care of business”, really? Any well raised 3 year old could come up with more believable stories than that! But to be fair Self and the the rest of KU players included should not be telling tales and anything they might say is going to be twisted, contorted, and taken out of context anyways.

    Perhaps the story will be told someday but tossing out a benign cover story is probably for the best at this point and tbh those statements above are quite likely true in and of themselves.



  • @mayjay @KUSTEVE To the important point. We can disagree. But can we start by being civil? I directed nothing to either of you in my posts before yours. You both though replied with canned attacks. From @KUSTEVE - “I know that doesn’t fit your anti-Self narrative” and “Your buddy Squeeky Weber would’ve had a nervous breakdown.”, and then from @mayjay - “You seem to love kicking every player who leaves for any reason you deem unacceptable. Perhaps you know it all (your famed secret information) but I doubt it.”

    That does nothing to foster debate or discussion. I would offer that a more interesting approach might be to dissect my summary and show how I’m wrong.

    I would also suggest an easy way to deal with this is to leave out that sort of stuff, and just focus on the facts. If not, that leads to a response that starts spinning the wrong way (and a while back, I decided I was kind of done turning the other cheek).


    To the issue of discussion, it is highly likely, as I said, that the story is really a cover story. Is it true, or untrue? I don’t think anyone now thinks its true. Who does? May we compliment Self for not embarrassing Vick too much? Sure. But that means Self was untruthful. No way to dress that up. But I understand, it’s like lying about Santa Claus. Very good reasons.

    But then, it’s plain that his words following Vick’s departure did throw Vick under the bus. How is that even deniable? The clear and not so subtle reminders that this team, this situation, and Self’s enjoyment is much better – all after Vick departed.

    And @mayjay, I think you will agree that my post on the info that I heard on Vick was tactful, and done in a way to convey it reasonably. I wanted to just share it with this forum. Further, although I’ve heard things before, I’ve been very hesitant to post – and on two high profile items, the info I heard turned out right on point. One of them the exact same source as this. But it is generally unreliable to use hearsay, and thus no need rumor monger. And that’s how I’ve approached it. Rather, sometimes, I construct the facts to support the conclusion rather than cite that I have heard something. One such item was Lightfoot’s broken nose.



  • Are we actually arguing if Vick got kicked off the team or not?

    Because he did. It’s clear as day. As clear as any other time Bill sent a player packing.



  • Kcmatt7 said:

    Are we actually arguing if Vick got kicked off the team or not?

    Because he did. It’s clear as day. As clear as any other time Bill sent a player packing.

    Listen to this man.



  • @HighEliteMajor Your insults don’t bother me. Your insults at the players and coaches don’t really bother me, either. I hope your day gets better.



  • @HighEliteMajor Stating an opinion as fact doesn’t make that opinion a fact.

    You can interpret Self’s comments as throwing Vick under the bus all you want, but someone else can just as easily view it as not throwing Vick under the bus and neither is wrong despite what you think.

    Until Self, Vick, or someone in Vick’s camp comes out says what actually happened, everything you, me, or anyone else has to say about Vick, or any other person that has left the program, is speculation.

    Only a handful of people know definitively why Vick is gone and those people aren’t talking about.

    To say Self is being untruthful about Vick is you, and anyone else sharing that opinion, making an assumption about the situation when none of us here have all the facts. I wouldn’t even say Self is untruthful in those situations. I would say he’s only giving the public a portion of the picture so as not to embarrass those players.

    We can speculate all day long about what the personal matter Vick is dealing with in Memphis that’s keeping away from the team, but until someone in the know comes out and says it was Vick’s attitude, drug related, or something with his daughter, anything anyone says is speculation and not fact.

    All of those things all personal matters and by Self leaving it at that, he’s not being untruthful about the situation, he’s just choosing not to give the full picture to keep the distractions among the team to a minimum.



  • @Texas-Hawk-10 I agree with much of what you said, as opinion goes. But one cannot ignore how the information lines up, and then, using common sense based on the history with Vick (more information), reach a reasonable conclusion. Folks are convicted and go to jail on such an analysis. Of course, that analysis is sometime wrong. Thus my “highly likely” qualification.

    Additionally, I think dishonesty encompasses purposefully leaving out info that shows the true situation. I think we all agree on that. If one concludes Self was dishonest, which seems easy to conclude, one can also agree that such a approach is reasonable and even admirable, as I’ve said.

    If one reads Selfs post-Vick comments, and doesn’t see the passive-aggressive linkage to Vick’s absence, then that’s fine. As with many topics, some only open their minds to what they want to see.

    I can leave open the possibility of mere coincidence. And that it wasn’t even Self’s intent. Let’s go that road. But with that, his choice of words given the circumstances with Vick were then very poor if he was trying to avoid throwing Vick under the bus.

    If Self is so smart, as some think he is, that would not have happened. Self is way too brilliant. Insert sarcasm emoji here.

    It is entertaining though that some can’t see the possibility that Self did purposefully implicate Vick with his comments. That his statements might have evidenced a normal human reaction to a player he counted on letting him down. That he was making a point about locker room culture.

    @KUSTEVE I never once insulted you. Just read above. Your antics are sad.



  • Wow- you guys get into it in a hurry don’t you? We can agree to disagree here without bringing in personal “cyber-micro-aggressions” into the mix, can’t we?

    First of all, it really is a sad thing about Vick. He came here to play ball, he struggled for a variety of reasons, but mostly mental is the optics here, he left, then my guess he was advised by people close to him to try and get the right attitude to come back which would be the best path forward for him, and remember self let him come back. I would hazard a guess that Self had some pause, but he gave him another chance. Once back, He looked good, looked like a potential leader on the team, then my guess is his old demons crept back in, and he had to go away again. He indeed may have some serious mental issues… millions of people do. I honestly have no idea what it would be like to play D1 level ball at a top program While fulfilling your academic obligations. Lots of pressure, and remember he was the the de facto senior -leader. It could be an anger control issue, and Vick may have lashed out inappropriately after games at every one, or just shut down mentally, who knows. Anyway I always rooted for him hard, and hope for the best for him. Just sad he’s not here to soak in the love on senior day… sad.



  • @Bosthawk Good thoughts, although I don’t see the discussion above as real nasty. I’ve seen a lot worse even on our beloved site. I’ve enjoyed the back and forth. Some of it is just frustration over a season high on potential dissolving into comments about we may lose in the 1st round.



  • Hippa laws



  • @HighEliteMajor you nailed it when you said “common sense” that’s all it takes to understand and read what happened.

    It’s 100% known that Self did not want Vick back and or expect him back to start the year. He was on a short leash to begin with.



  • @Crimsonorblue22 So…you are saying…mental health issues?



  • @Hawk8086 no, but if it was about health issues…



  • @HighEliteMajor

    Do you think the fact Self gave him a 2nd chance has left him in a defensive stance here regarding what to say and what not to. Maybe Self feels responsible for this situation. We know he likes to protect his players even if it means he doesnt get to be completely honest with it all. Just giving us enough sound bites here and there to form our own opinions. The fact he isn’t here for Sr Night confirms my thoughts and common sense



  • KUSTEVE said:

    @HighEliteMajor Is that your smoking gun? Sounds to me like he was trying to encourage a young team that was now starting 4 freshmen. I know that doesn’t fit your anti-Self narrative, but it’s closer to the truth, imo. It’s not often we have a player that simply quits on a team, regardless of the circumstances. i could think of some coaches around the country that would’ve been far less diplomatic than Self was with Vick. Your buddy Squeeky Weber would’ve had a nervous breakdown.

    Having open eyes that Self is operating very skillfully in a competitive and corrupt environment is not an anti-Self agenda.

    BTW, where is Jaybate a known huge Self supporter after his shoe conspiracy theories came to roost right on our doorstep and at his hero Self’s feet?

    Don’t get me wrong, fully support Self but doesn’t mean have to wear rose colored glasses.



  • @Texas-Hawk-10 when Self put a time reference on the comment about the locker room, that makes it clear.

    I suppose one can ignore that and not make the reference, but that’s sticking head in the sand IMO.



  • I just don’t get the whole Self can do no wrong stereotype at times. Bill is a great coach, one of best but me being a former coach and being associated with the game for decades, I don’t always agree with what he does. He himself has said several times in post game interviews in his time here that he did this and that wrong or what not. Bill most likely knows more about the game than any of us or so we would hope lol. But no bats a 100%, no one lives mistake free. @Crimsonorblue22 Did they have a video or anything mentioning Vick?




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