On April 10th, Ohio State walk-on benchwarmer and blogger Mark Titus decided to forego his senior season and put his name in the NBA Draft. Perhaps a little strange for a guy with 8 career points in 30 career minutes right? Clearly Titus, who in his blog “Club Trillion” exhibits a pretty hilarious sense of humor, is kidding. As evidenced by the 2nd paragraph of his letter declaring for the draft:
I’m not sure if it’s customary to write a second paragraph, but then again I’m pretty sure that every other early entrant doesn’t already have a marketing strategy in place for themselves. I’m thinking that we play on my nickname of “The Shark” from the get-go and blare the Jaws theme music as I make my way from the audience to the podium to shake your hand on draft day. From there we can launch a series of commercials where I sneak up on other NBA players and tackle them as a graphic comes up on the screen saying “The Shark smells blood in the NBA water. Or maybe he just smells fear” or something similar. The possibilities truly are endless.
Color me amused. The NBA on the other hand? Well they demanded Titus remove his name from the draft. In fact, according to Titus’ blog the NBA informed him that he withdraw his name from the draft “or else.” I personally enjoy the threat. Or else? Are they going to send hired goons to his house to break his legs? Ban him from the NBA for life? Make him participate in a trampoline dunking death match against out-of-work Seattle Sonics mascot Squatch? The possibilities, and the quips, are endless. Either way I’d advise the NBA to worry more about undrafted 2008 early entrants such as Mississippi State’s Jamont Gordon or USC’s freshman Davon Jefferson, before they concern themselves with Titus. And oh…learn to take a freaking joke.