Jan 19, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT
As it should be.
Some of his problems (reckless driving, speeding) would have troubled him anywhere and others would have mattered only in certain states under certain conditions (marijuana). But his most-recent issue – and the one that has most substantially effected his career – matters only to the NCAA. The NBA doesn’t care who pays for whose rental cars.
Mostly, the NBA cares about who can play. And if Hairston’s D-League debut is any indication, Hairston can play.
Coming off the bench, Hairston led the Texas Legends with 22 points (on 16 shots, including 4-of-9 3-point shooting) and six steals.
Washington Wizards rookie Glen Rice Jr. paved the way, getting drafted No. 35 last year after spending a season in the D-League following an ill-fated run at Georgia Tech. NBA teams increasingly see the D-League as a route to basketball’s highest level.
Rice performed well in the D-League over 48 games, though. This is only one for Hairston so far.
But there’s a long season ahead for Hairston to establish his value, and at least he has a chance to prove himself.
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