Saturday, March 23, 2013

The legend of Marshall Henderson

During the NCAA Tournament, an event some say is the greatest sporting event in all of sports, we as fans love to root for the underdog or our favorite team, but that's not what's happening this year. There have been some upsets in this years tournament, Minnesota over UCLA and probably the biggest was Harvard over New Mexico, but all any one can talk about is the antics of one Mr. Marshall Henderson.

Henderson, a junior at the University of Mississippi or Ole Miss as it's commonly called has become somewhat of a media favorite. Before every game, before every practice media members line up to talk to the sharp tongued, don't give a damn what you think shooting guard and for good reason. Just about every interview Marshall gives, there's a high probability that what you hear will be golden to say the least and it's not just his interview prowess that affects people, his on court antics are just as harsh.

He has no problem what so ever talking "trash" to his opponent or letting the other teams fans know just what he thinks of them while on the court. Many times this season during the course of a game Marshall would direct a lot of what his coach Andy Kennedy calls "passion" toward the fans that happen to be setting court side. Anything from doing the classic "jersey pop" to doing the "Gator Chomp" to Florida fans during the SEC Tournament, Marshall Henderson just has a way of getting under opposing fans skin and he wouldn't have it any other way.

Here is some classic quotes Marshall has made through out this season....

His thoughts on being left off the All SEC Team: 
"Those coaches are all losers right now, I'm not"

His thoughts on Doug Gottlieb after Ole Miss won the SEC Tournament:
"Shout out to Doug Gottlieb, who said it would be a travesty if we made the tournament"

His thoughts about winning the SEC Tournament:
"It feels good because all the haters"

He also had this gem about Billy Donavan during the SEC Tournament championship game:
"Billy Donovan was getting every call, It's cool though"

After scoring 25 points in a win over Georgia:
"If it's all the same, it's Saturday night, I'm out"- walks out of interview

When asked about his thought on Ole Miss making the NCAA Tournament:
"I'm trying to get paid here soon because I'm tired of doing all this stuff for free. And this is where you make your money, the NCAA Tournament."

When asked whether his villain schtick is calculated:
"I guess. I don't know. I'm not real good at math other than two plus three. I know that one well."

His thoughts on Ole Miss' weak post season history:
"I don't know, I'm one for one."

On being banned from the post game press conference after winning the SEC Tournament against Florida:
"I'm banned? I don't care, I got my hardwood, I'm out"

These are just a few examples of some of the great quotes that Marshall Henderson is capable of making during an interview. The guy simply doesn't care what me, you or anyone thinks about him, he just goes out plays the game and tells you what he thought of the other team. You can't blame him for that unless you're a fan of the other team, then it would drive you insane.

There have been many players to play college basketball that just had a way of making other teams and other teams fans despise them, but Marshall Henderson does it better than anyone is recent memory.

Marshall isn't always what people call arrogant or cocky, he also cares about the game and those who play it. When Kentucky's prized freshman Nerlens Noel went down with a knee injury during a game against Florida, Marshall sent out the following tweet:

@NativeFlash22: What sucks about Noel's injury was the fact he hustled his ass down the court to stop a wide open layup... #prayfornoel

That my friends is pure class and someone who is truly misunderstood in what he does. He doesn't do or say things out of lack of respect, he just speaks what's on his mind at the time, something a lot of people would love to be able to do.

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