Kyle Singler didn't give into Pistons pressure to play in NBA this season

In an interview with the Associated Press, Pistons draft pick Kyle Singler doesn’t sound like a man who is likely to be NBA-bound anytime soon:

“I knew they were upset, a little disappointed. The bottom line was that I was a little selfish, I wanted the best for myself, I wanted to be happy,” Singler told The Associated Press from Madrid’s training facilities on the outskirts of the Spanish capital.

“It was difficult but, at the end of the day, if I never play in the NBA, would I be disappointed? Sure, but I’m happy I made the decision I made.”

The 23-year-old from Oregon said the opportunity to play abroad and experience a foreign culture was too good to pass up.

“The opportunity to play a lot more was here, but the bottom line was I was happy and felt no pressure to leave and go back to the NBA,” said Singler.

It would certainly be nice for the Pistons to have another young player in the fold who could hopefully become a rotation player down the road for them, but if Singler is happy overseas and wants to stay their, I’m happy for him. There are some fantastic leagues in other countries where guys can make a nice living and see some cool places. It’s actually pretty refreshing to see an American player realize that the NBA is not the be-all end-all when it comes to pro basketball, even if the league does have by far the most talented players anywhere. I can’t imagine cheering for someone with that haircut on the Pistons anyway.

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