You know what I find hilarious?
One of our new signees that will be coming in next year is in Junior College, he played at FAU last year, and has an insane vertical and is pretty damn good beyond the arc. Both him and Henderson transferred from 4 year schools to junior colleges because of drug-related suspensions. It'll be like Henderson was never gone haha.
I have said this before, and will say this again, if Henderson was on any other team I would be just as big of a hater of him as many of y'all are. But he's a Ole Miss Rebel, and we basically live and die by his performance in some games so I am kinda obligated to defend him lol.
That's cool; I have no problem with that, and everyone's capable of redemption if they make the most of their 2nd chance and change.
Hell, it doesn't even bother me that it was drugs that got them going down the wrong path to begin with; that can be addressed and fixed.
It's the 'tude I have a problem with; and maybe the new JUCO won't be an asshole like Henderson. I wouldn't even be hard on Henderson if he wasn't still getting in the same kind of trouble and still acting the fool.
Your other players rally around him because much like the fans, they're essentially obligated to out of a sense of team loyalty (he might be a douche, but he's OUR douche).
Henderson might be one of those athletes who uses other folks' impressions of him as his incentive; at this point he may think he can't play well without the hate motivating him. What's sad is he does have skills; but will never find out if he can still play without the hate until he tries. That's what's supposed to happen in college.
It really is very much like Noah. He was ridiculed a lot as a kid in New York because he was awkward, uncoordinated, and just not particularly talented.
He came to UF with not a chip, but a boulder on his shoulder. And he didn't get rid of it right away, either; that was an enormous undertaking on BD's part. When the other players in his 2004 class started getting more playing time, Noah was still getting left out; and he nearly left the program. Instead he took BD's advice, painful truth and all, bought in and committed himself to improve in all the areas outlined by Billy.
Soon the kid was a working freak who was first to practice and still there hours after everybody else had left. Assistant coaches reported that every time they walked by the gym, he was in there. When other players were out on the town having dinner or partying, Joakim was in the gym running wind sprints, shooting FT's, or trying to get pickup games started with anybody walking by.
Eventually he became the hardest worker on the team and gave Billy no choice but to give him PT; he had not only earned it, but all the work had improved his game to the point where it couldn't be ignored. And it showed on the court, and still does to this day... he still has that hardest worker ethic. The kid is 6'11" and still dives and fights for loose balls, makes steals that are typically expected from quick guards, and puts in work every night. Without the God-given talent, that kind of effort was the only way he was going to be able to compete at the levels he wanted to inhabit... but it took him swallowing that bitter pill from BD all those years ago, and taking the advice to get there.