Three months ago, if you were Anthony Davis, Darius Miller, Terrence Jones, Marquis Teague, Eloy Vargas, or Doron Lamb you were hanging in the dorm room playing Call of Duty and signing autographs on your way to class. Your coach talked of the times you’d have, just before he set off to some far away recruiting location, being seen with NBA greats – some former players, some not – musicians, athletic coaches, etc, but you were at home playing games and studying for that Biology exam.
Two weeks ago, your life changed and you started getting paid to go around the state signing autographs and meeting new people after deciding to declare for the NBA.
One week ago it changed again when the White House called.
Two Days ago it changed when you experienced your first Kentucky Derby.
What do you do when that metamorphosis happens? You turn from social caterpillar to social butterfly and bounce from party flower to party flower.
Friday: President of the United States, Barack Obama. The team ventured to Washington, sported suits and smiles and shook hands with the leader of the free world and known basketball enthusiast.
Saturday: If the meeting with the POTUS wasn’t enough, you’re asked to carry the garland of roses to the Churchill Downs Winner’s Circle and then invited to the most prestigious party in the state of Kentucky, the 24th annual Barnstable Brown party. The only party in the state capable of potentially topping the POTUS meeting. Whoever would be present would need to be pretty special to top that right? Well here’s the list:
- Aaron Rodgers, the lead man of the Green Bay Packers, former Super Bowl Champion, and NFL MVP
- Ashton Kutcher, the former lead man of aging starlet Demi Moore and current lead man of another past prime gig “Two and a half Men”
- Tom Brady, the New England Patriots Quarterback and former NFL MVP and with him, your wide receiving core.
- Darryl McDaniels… the DMC of Run DMC
- Terry O’Quinn who would be nothing without his John Lock-ness.
- Cyndi Lauper was involved since a girl just wants to have fun.
- Kate Upton who graced the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition
- Kentucky sports greats Patrick Patterson, Randall Cobb, Joker Phillips
Not too shabby for a group of guys that just months ago were huddled up in a dorm room watching each other play XBOX and Skype with cute girls.