Bartley gave me an idea of what the last few days have been like for Randolph. "I was present when he started coming back here, working out in Atlanta," said Bartley. "And what's taken place since then, he's given me a few calls at some places he has worked out. He was at Sacramento two days ago, and he worked out for the Lakers the other day. He's doing really well. The thing right now, that I want to do, is just continue to be a support system for him, and to continue to encourage him, because he's still young and he's got great parent support. But I also want to be there and help in any way I can in this decision he is going to make, because this is going to be a really big decision for him." What has Bartley told him? "Basically the things that he is looking for, is one, to be able to prepare himself to look good in the workouts, and the second thing is, to try and weigh the prods and cons of this decision. When it comes to those major decisions like that, he is going to depend on his family support, because those are things he should turn to his mother and father about."
According to Bartley, Morris is still in the west coast area and continuing to work out for teams when he can set those workouts. Bartley also said that teams are being very cryptic in making comments about Morris and his performances in those workouts. "I am sure nobody is going to give any negative comments," said Bartley. "What is going to happen, if they think he needs to go back, he can turn to the NBA office and talk to Stu Jackson. Stu can get a report of where they think he will be. Those teams, though, are not going to tell him everything, and say whether they will pick him or not. The feedback is not going to be that specific." That may be why Randolph has insisted that he is a first round pick. If the feedback has not been very specific, then teams are not telling him what they are telling others off the record, which is that he looks lazy, mechanical, and lethargic in his workouts. But that game has been around since the draft has been around. Don't talk a guy down, because somebody might just screw up and take him, instead of the guy we want. Is it fair? Is it right? Doesn't matter, it's a business.
Bartley continued. "They are telling him what kind of shape he's in. But he's not really going to get a real sense, a real idea, of where he's at, until he sits down and gets a report from Stu Jackson on where he's going to get picked. And even that is not going to be a guarantee." You get the feeling Bartley is as much on the fence as some of the feedback the Morris camp is getting. He doesn't have a feeling that he is willing to share. "I don't really ask him if it is something I need to sit down and talk to him about. I think he is going to have to sit down and make that decision with his college coach and his family. I think that is out of my jurisdiction. As an adult, he has to grow up and make these kinds of decisions on his own. It's not going to impact me one way or another. I just give him the pros and cons, and let him weigh this decision out. But I definitely agree that this decision is much harder than what he thought it would be. I think right now he's starting to see the real, true impact."
Morris has said he will release a statement on Tuesday, making his intentions known. Cat fans everywhere are just glad that this drama will soon be over.