Do you know when you do exactly what you're supposed to do at a completely wrong time? Well, that's what happened to Anthony Edwards, who's projected to be the first-overall pick in tonight's NBA Draft.
The Georgia product had an interview with Alex Scarborough of ESPN and left some pretty worrying responses. In fact, some teams could be scared away due to his lack of maturity and some of the things he said.
It all started pretty well, saying that he was ready to perform at a high level regardless of which team took him and that he didn't even care if he was the first guy off the board:
"He says he doesn't think about being the first player taken. He'll be ready when the time comes, but 'other than that, I don't even care'," starts the report.
Then, things took a worrying turn when he admitted that he can't even watch basketball and that all it took for him to think that he could be a professional hooper was dunking, as he realized that could be better in basketball than in football, his preferred sport:
"'To be honest, I can't watch basketball.' He retells the story about the first time he dunked and how it signaled to him that he was talented and could accomplish something he might not have been able to in football, which was his first love. So that's the direction he went, simple as that, hanging up his cleats. 'That's all I needed to see,' he says," according to Scarborough.
And, perhaps the worst part of his interview was when he admitted that he's still not completely into basketball, also claiming that he would leave the NBA in the blink of an eye if he had a shot in the NFL because there you can do 'all types of disrespectful stuff':
"So when after that did he get into basketball? 'I'm still not really into it,' he says. 'I love basketball, yeah. It's what I do.' He's not entirely convincing. He says if he were drafted by the NFL tomorrow, he'd let basketball go. 'Because you can do anything on the field,' he explains. 'You can spike the ball. You can dance. You can do all types of disrespectful stuff.' In the NBA, he says, 'you can't do any of that. You'll get fined.'" the story continued.
Edwards put the cherry on top of the sundae by saying that he's an aspiring rapper and taking a shot at Damian Lillard, claiming that he can really rap:
"He goes on to say that he's an aspiring rapper. He's already recorded a few tracks with his older brother Bubba. So, like Damian Lillard? 'But I really can rap,' he says. 'Dame, talking about -- I don't know what he's talking about. I'm rapping like Lil Baby.' He says he won't release any songs until he's established in the NBA," Scarborough concluded.
I don't know if Edwards is purposedly messing up his chances of being the first-overall pick and this is just a trick from his camp or if he actually thinks that way.
He's got the physical tools and upside to become a franchise player but these kinds of statements should raise a lot of red flags and doubts over his head. Hopefully, he'll focus entirely on basketball and fulfill his sky-high potential.