Joey Dorsey Still Not In The Running For the Naismith Award

It's only fair, really, to check back in with Memphis's Joey Dorsey, who called out Greg Oden before the Ohio State/Memphis game, and then spent the game treating Oden like Morgan Freeman treated Miss Daisy.

Dorsey deserves some credit for taking it like a man at the press conference. He never said he was misquoted, he never said he was taken out of context, he never ducked from anything (except the Oden dunks that rained down on his head). A collection of Dorsey quotes:

"Nah, nah, they said exactly what I said. But I got the David and Goliath wrong this time."

"Of course he's not overrated. I was just getting myself fired up for a big game.Greg knew what I was saying. I was trying to get both of us pumped up for the game."

"He's a great, great player. I didn't know he was that strong. I tried to keep a body on him, but he came with a counter."

"It was a matchup of two great big men. I was just trying to help my team win."

You had me right up until the end, Joey, until you miscounted the number of great big men.

Ah, what the hell... you still have me. You put your own ass on the line the night before, and it resulted in a more interesting game, even if you had to suffer a savage media beating in the process. Trash talk is no good if it's easy to back up. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes you get completely destroyed by a vastly superior basketball player. Thanks for trying, though. I mean that.

Oden shows Dorsey the door — and it doesn't lead to Atlanta [CBS Sportsline]
Dorsey can't back smack, Oden's heading to Atlanta [ESPN]