Once the first report surfaced Wednesday night that New Mexico State's 7-foot-5 center Sim Bhullar was turning pro, a torrent of criticism quickly followed.
"Whoever is reportedly telling Sim Bhullar that it's a good idea to enter the NBA draft is someone Bhullar should stop listening to," SI.com NBA writer Chris Mannix tweeted. ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman was even less charitable, calling it "a horrific decision."
The backlash is fair to some extent since Bhullar is unlikely to taken in the NBA draft and desperately needs another year of conditioning and skill development to have any chance to be an asset at that level. Nonetheless, the criticism also overlooks the fact that the injury risks associated with Bhullar's massive size and weight make him a unique case.
The window to make money as a professional basketball player is considerably shorter for a 7-foot-5 center conservatively listed at 360 pounds because his joints and feet are likely to break down sooner than even the averageRead More »from Seven-foot-5 Sim Bhullar's decision to turn pro isn't as foolish as it may seem