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IC Cold Links: Butler's Mack Stays On NBA Draft Early Entry List Ending Career At Butler

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On the surface, Shelvin Mack leaving Butler early to take his shot at the NBA seems like a short-sighted decision.

Mack is projected as a second-round pick at best which would leave him with no guarantees for a roster spot, let alone NBA money for giving up his senior season with the Bulldogs. Then there's the NBA labor issues that threaten to delay next season and along with it Mack's first pay day, should his best-case scenario play out.

Flipping the story sideways to look at it from a different angle though, there are elements to the story that we don't know which could make Mack's decision more sensible. First and foremost, Mack is no dummy so he's surely weighed his options and waded through the worst-case scenarios. Also, those NBA labor issues may actually work in Mack's favor by thinning the draft list to keep his name on the draft board of more teams.

Finally, he worked out in Oklahoma City last week and has surely heard some feedback which may have encouraged him to stay in the draft. Mack played against elite competition last summer and continues measuring himself against his peers. He knows what he's getting into, so while I would personally like to see him play at Hinkle next year for selfish reason, I can only wish him the best and look forward to seeing him in the NBA.

After the jump, a few links with more stories on the draft and the NBA playoffs, including Rick Carlisle's Dallas Mavericks bringing the L.A. Lakers' season to an embarrassing close.

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Butler's Shelvin Mack heads off to the pros | The Indianapolis Star |

Butler's Shelvin Mack keeps his name in the NBA Draft -

2011 NBA Draft early entry watch list - NCAA Division I Mens Basketball -

Video: Ron Artest jumps four feet for a five-foot dunk - Ball Don't Lie - NBA Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Ronnie summed up the Lakers' effort quite well with this one play.

2011 NBA Playoffs: Hawks 100 - Bulls 88 : Game 4 Initial Reaction - Peachtree Hoops

Chicago Bulls: Atlanta Hawks' defensive strategy no concern to Chicago Bulls - Chicago Tribune
Hawks are trying to learn from the Pacers' physical play against Chicago.

Rick Carlisle: Phil Jackson Can Only 'Smoke Peyote' In Montana For So Long - From Our Editors -

Magic is wrong, this is no time to blow up the Lakers | ProBasketballTalk
Kurt Helin knows the Lakers well and doesn't agree with the thoughts of an emotional Magic Johnson following the Lakers implosion.

Texas freshmen Tristan Thompson, Cory Joseph both staying in NBA draft - ESPN
Thompson is a power forward whose name lingers around the Pacers' draft slot in most mock drafts.

2011 NBA draft: Notre Dame's Carleton Scott to remain in draft - ESPN Chicago
Notre Dame forward Carleton Scott will forego his final year of eligibility and remain in the NBA draft. Scott may not get drafted but he will graduate so he's ready to move on.

As he waits for Shelvin Mack's decision, Brad Stevens beings tournament to benefit to the American Cancer Society -