When does a denial make for a news story? When the denier is a big-name politician or would-be transferring European basketballer.
Although some are speculating that ACB scoring machine Jaycee Carroll will be transferring to Real Madrid immediately following the Spanish League season, Carroll has emphatically denied any such transaction, stating merely that he is focused on the playoffs as his Gran Canaria 2014 gets set to take on Caja Laboral Baskonia in game one of the ACB quarterfinals round on Friday night.
After being presented with his award as the Spanish league’s top guard of the year, a reporter asked Carroll if he’d “found a home in Madrid yet.” To which Carroll replied, “Pardon?” A further answer of “We’ll see what happens and we’ll see what this summer where I play next year” wasn’t quite enough to satisfy, and Carroll ultimately exited this line of questioning with “Madrid … is a terrific team, but we’ll see all the options and find out what the best option for me and my family.”
Of course, such denials – plus the fact that some in the Real front office believe Carroll is a priority signing for 2011-12 in lieu of the departing Clay Tucker – only cause observers to apply a “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire” mentality, and BallinEurope for one wouldn’t be at all surprised to see to see the former Utah State University Aggie in white next season.