Rob Oller blog: Please God, protect Evan Turner from the NBA sharks | The Columbus Dispatch

I look at former Ohio State guard Evan Turner and see a nice kid who is stepping straight into a scene from Dangerous Liaisons , the movie in which a virgin is, er, de-purified by a cad who bets an evil female friend that he can have his way with the innocent woman. Full Story
Thinker

Toledo, OH

#1 Oct 22, 2010
Come on, Oller, it's not the "sharks" who will change him. It's going to be the same reporters asking the same stupid questions night after night. We all know reporters have to do their jobs, but asking a guy how he feels after shooting 2-12 from the floor tends to make a player less than cordial. It will be some reporter taking a quote out of context that will turn ET into an aloof star. You know as well as I do that the minute reporters sense weakness they pile on and hammer away at these guys until they get the copy they want.

Are there other factors? Yeah, but athletes treat reporters with disdain because reporters are always looking for that big scoop and they'll hang athletes out to dry to get it.
LAUGHING

Wayne, PA

#2 Oct 22, 2010
now you see what happen when you go to OSU
confused

Dayton, OH

#3 Oct 22, 2010
LAUGHING wrote:
now you see what happen when you go to OSU
what, you go pro and make a mil?
or that your not a doosh?
Realist

Hilliard, OH

#4 Oct 23, 2010
He does seem very innocent and a great kid. I know the Buckeye Nation will be cheering him on & success or not, he will always have a home waiting for him in the Cowtown.

“Defecting to Mexico”

Since: Sep 09

Location hidden

#6 Oct 25, 2010
Turner needs to worry less about the media and more about his game. He has been, by far, the most dissapointing rookie in the entire first round so far. Horrible is a vast understatement in how he has played so far.

“Bleeding Scarlet and Gray!”

Since: Sep 09

Worthington

#7 Oct 25, 2010
LAUGHING wrote:
now you see what happen when you go to OSU
Is it a bad thing that a NBA player is a polite and innocent young man? Is it bad that he doesn't put on his bling and start trash talking and playing in front of the cameras? I really liked Turner while he was at OSU not only for what he did on the court, but for how he handled himself off the court. If this kid does really well in the NBA or not, he will have made more money than you will in a lifetime and is probably ten times classier than you will ever be.
reality check

Chicago, IL

#8 Nov 2, 2010
Net Guru...hyperbole much?

I dont know what league you're watching, but through 3 games ET has played pretty well...while he is struggling with shooting he is still top 10 in pts/rebs/asst per game. All he needs to do is learn how to shoot consistently.

“Defecting to Mexico”

Since: Sep 09

Location hidden

#9 Nov 3, 2010
reality check wrote:
Net Guru...hyperbole much?
I dont know what league you're watching, but through 3 games ET has played pretty well...while he is struggling with shooting he is still top 10 in pts/rebs/asst per game. All he needs to do is learn how to shoot consistently.
Shooting won't be his problem, he'll fix that, it's his turnovers that he needs to work on. Top 10 of what? His own team?

“Bleeding Scarlet and Gray!”

Since: Sep 09

Worthington

#10 Nov 3, 2010
Net Guru wrote:
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Shooting won't be his problem, he'll fix that, it's his turnovers that he needs to work on. Top 10 of what? His own team?
He will be alright. Through his first 4 NBA games, he is averaging 8.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and only 1.8 turnovers per game. He will come along as the season progresses. But take a look at the top scorers in the league. Lebron James is number 24. How will he handle not being the savior? And I'm not one of the guys that hates him because he left Cleveland, I just think going to Miami with other stars may not have been the right fit for him. The only way it is the right fit is if what he says is true, and he just wants to win a championship.

“Defecting to Mexico”

Since: Sep 09

Location hidden

#11 Nov 3, 2010
FLABUCK wrote:
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He will be alright. Through his first 4 NBA games, he is averaging 8.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and only 1.8 turnovers per game. He will come along as the season progresses. But take a look at the top scorers in the league. Lebron James is number 24. How will he handle not being the savior? And I'm not one of the guys that hates him because he left Cleveland, I just think going to Miami with other stars may not have been the right fit for him. The only way it is the right fit is if what he says is true, and he just wants to win a championship.
LeBron will be fine. He's a fantastic all around player, and in the end, that's all the fans will care about.

“Bleeding Scarlet and Gray!”

Since: Sep 09

Worthington

#12 Nov 3, 2010
Net Guru wrote:
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LeBron will be fine. He's a fantastic all around player, and in the end, that's all the fans will care about.
I hope so. I would hate to see a guy with his talent fade away because he went to a team where he can't be the only leader. I don't remember where, but I read an article on how most teams in the NBA perform. Usually there is a clear cut leader, a sidekick, and a bunch of good guys around them that support the top two. It's tough to go from that to a team where there is already a leader and another one coming in at the same time as you in Bosh. Hopefully he just plays his role, gets his points and his championship, and then goes to a team where he can be the clear cut #1. Bosh isn't so much his direct competitor on that team...Wade is. He is a guy that plays on the perimeter like Lebron and the fans already love him for being the leader over the past years. Who knows?
Sheldon Lewis

Lansing, MI

#13 Nov 8, 2010
And we don't want Evan Turner to change, grow yes, but change never. We want him to remain the nice guy who shows the world that hard work and dedication will take you far. The problem with most people nowadays is that they believe that sport stars have to be distant from their fans. And in a world where college athletes are pampered and pro athletes are often times off limits to the average fan. Evan Turner is the complete opposite and I respect him for that. He is one of the very few athletes who understand that the most important person at the sporting event is the fan, the guy/girl who come out to be entertained, cheers the team on, and insures that multi-million dollar lifestyles are possible for athletes. Evan is willing to take his time, sign autographs, pose for pictures, and treat fans special.

So for me I don't think he is the one that needs to change, it is other athletes who have forgotten what the great Manager Sparky Anderson use to say, "It doesn't cost anything to be nice." Evan is a nice guy and I don't think that the NBA or the media will ever change that.

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