Wednesday , Jun , 02 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Amen to ‘Team Tyreke’

"He said, ‘I didn’t know how fast I was going. I didn’t know this or that.’ I said, ‘I’m sure you didn’t know, but you’ve got to be smarter than that. You’re 20 years old, you’re independent, and you’ve got to make better decisions. What if you hurt somebody, or what if you hurt yourself? I don’t care how late you were. You call and say you’re going to be even later.’ He’s sorry he did it."

Julius, who is also known as "Doc," wasn’t done with the phone call. He posted a message on his Twitter account Tuesday morning (approximately 11 a.m. Pacific time) saying he had told Evans he must apologize to the Kings and their fans. Evans, who could not be reached by FanHouse for comment, responded to his brother’s demand less than an hour later, with the message on his account reading, "Apologies to fans, the Kings and my fam for bad decision making. Driving is a privilege & speeding was a mistake. I’ve def learned my lesson."

Which is exactly why "Team Tyreke" exists in the first place.

While many NBA players have entourages or extensive networks of family and friends, few — if any — are like the Evans bunch. They’ve been helping him learn lessons, and avoid these types of mistakes, from the time he was a rising young talent back in Chester, Pa. While he was dominating AAU tournaments, putting on a four-year show at American Christian Academy in Aston, Pa. and later starring in one season at the University of Memphis, they were creating a structure that was geared toward maximizing his talent and helping him avoid missteps on the path to prominence.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This is what more young NBA stars need.

Instead of having a team of yes men who give into his every whim, Evans has legitimate mentors. There’s a difference. Yes men won’t say no because they’re afraid of upsetting their meal ticket, while mentors have lives, life experience, and always serve the best interests of the person they work with.

Evans should be thankful for ‘Team Tyreke’. After all, how many talented players have faltered because they had a posse of yes men instead of mentors?

Consider that Eddy Curry, Zach Randolph, and Antoine Walker have recently been in the headlines for off-court transgressions. This wasn’t their first time in the news. And perhaps their fates would be different if a team of advisors were in place. 

With his mentors, Evans, the reigning Rookie of the Year, will learn from this incident and be better for it.

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