For better or worse, trash talking is part of basketball now, and at times it is funny and enjoyable to hear stories about what people say on the court. But some things are probably better not said.
We heard yesterday that during the UNC game, a Tar Heel player told a Duke player that if he drove the lane again, he'd "end his career." The implied violence doesn't translate to real violence, and it didn't, but saying something that aggressive just completely blows apart any idea of sportsmanship and certainly raises the potential of retaliation (which could have been the point of saying it). Admittedly it's a bitter rivalry, and the bitterness flows from side to side, but not too long ago, the players talked about how they got along and the fans were the ones who were perhaps too into it.
If this actually happened, it reflects terribly on the person who allegedly said it, and on his coaches and university as well. More to the point, while Duke immediately downplayed the bitterness in this last game (as did UNC, to be fair), it won't be forgotten. We're not going to say who was accused of saying this, and we're not saying that Duke will go after him (like anyone would tell us anyway), but if you see someone in baby blue get knocked silly Friday, well, it might not be a random act.