On the cover of the latest edition of ESPN The Magazine, which inexplicably features Hasheem Thabeet instead of the World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies, the 7-3 UConn center is quoted saying something slightly idiotic.
Maybe the traffic in Connecticut has gotten to Hasheem’s head. There are so many problems with what he said. First of all, Thabeet really isn’t good. He’s a good shot blocker, but he was basically useless on offense last year. He can’t reliably catch passes, and doesn’t understand the mechanics of how to get position on the block. If he had a rebounding competition with Charles Barkley right now, I think Chuck would take him 10-0.
Coming off of a 10.5-point, 7.9-rebound season, how do you say that you’re better than a guy who won the Big East Player of the Year at over 20-and-10? Thabeet would have a tough time putting 185 lbs. up on bench. Harangody could rep Hasheem’s 260-pound frame. And worst of all, these two have actually played each other. Last year, at Storrs, Harangody dropped 32 and 16. Thabeet had 4 points. Just because you’re too tall to fit in a doorway doesn’t give you an excuse to talk completely reckless.
Thabeet really needs to surround himself with a better team of advisers. He’s also talking smack about the National Player of the Year, Tyler Hansbrough, whose number will be retired in Chapel Hill. Thabeet is a ways away from that type of honor – dude still hasn’t averaged 11 points on a season. I’d say there’s a 100% chance that Jim Calhoun, who seemed perpetually pissed at Thabeet last season, cursed his center out after seeing the ESPN cover. If the Huskies meet the Tar Heels in the tournament as some predict they will, Hansbrough will hunt Thabeet down. Remember what Psycho T did to that immobile giant Kenny George last season?
Source: ESPN The Magazine