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|Want to read the story that caused all the fuss? Here's Darren Rovell's "inside scoop" on Chimezie Kudu.|
I thought "The Legend of Kudu" wouldn't have been believed on any day of the year. But my e-mail inbox does not lie. I received almost 500 messages with the subject lines like: "Truth or not?", "Chimezie: Fact or fiction?", "Request for Kudu's agent's information." I am very disturbed by this new development ... I don't care how big the guy is. He needs to first learn the fundamentals (including the rules of the game), and at least, rudimentary English ... Bottom line is, that he should not be drafted, and that he should literally get an education and learn to play basketball second. I don't think the kid has a clue about what that jerk-nose scout is trying to get him into. No, I'm not outraged, but I am concerned for Kudu's well-being. He's probably very naive about the ways of American society. Well, that and given that he doesn't know jack-squat about playing basketball and doesn't know a word of English. I doubt that Kudu even has a TV. -- Sal D., Spring City, PA
|One fan figures Kudu will be a big bust, like Manute Bol.|
|The photo of Kudu's shoe apparently didn't give it away to everybody.|
-- David G., New Orleans David, the article might be a hoax, but I hardly made "gross generalizations." Not only did I research that Hottentots live in South Africa, but I also made sure that they had antelope and that some of them were sheepherders.
A lot of parts of the story didn't make sense to me. How did he know who to get the letter to with minimal communication skills? How did Sefu get the picture of his shoe? In a modern basketball shoe? --Micah L. Good catch, Micah. The guy has a hoop made out of animal parts, but he has a pair of $130 Air Jordan shoes? How about this one -- if he's never played with anyone, whose are all those other shoes in the picture? Chimezie is a Nigerian name. A "Hottentot," who would properly be called a Khoisan, wouldn't be named Kudu, either. -- Andrew B. Now that's a smart ESPN.com reader. Chimezie is a Nigerian name which means "Let God fix as he wish," according to Swagga.com, where I researched African names before arriving on Chimezie. I couldn't locate a Web site that could help me out with appropriate names for Hottentots. Darren Rovell, who hopes he's not forever remembered as the guy who invented Chimezie Kudu, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. If he doesn't respond, it's just because his e-mail is still clogged.