Golden’s Nuggets: Good luck, but Manziel’s comeback chances aren’t good


Before we get to this week’s Nuggets, a quick announcement.

I just officially became a Matthew McConaughey fan after seeing his ad devoted to Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles in Sunday’s American-Statesman.

Hey, anyone who buys a full-page ad in the AAS is alright, alright, alright by me.

Johnny Manziel wants back in. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner told a national audience on Good Morning America” that he has been diagnosed as bipolar. He also said he is clean and sober and ready for an NFL comeback.

I wish him well, but there’s something he has surely thought about as he waits for that phone to ring: There were question marks about his his off-the-field habits at Texas A&M before the Browns grabbed him with the 22nd pick of the 2014 draft. What followed was a real train wreck that played out before our very eyes on social media. Manziel didn’t heed the advice of those closest to him and lived a life of excess, costing him his career and millions of dollars. The chances of a comeback are slim and none.

Johnny says he has changed and that’s good, if true. He said he’s taking medication for his disorder and is eager to resume his career.

“You are left staring at the ceiling by yourself and in that depression and back in that dark hole of sitting in a room by yourself, super depressed, thinking about all the mistakes you made in your life,” Manziel said. “What did that get me? Where did that get me except out of the NFL? Where did that get me? Disgraced.”

America is a country of second chances and Manziel would be a cool story of redemption if he made it back. Sadly, the league rarely awards undersized quarterbacks with his past issues with comeback attempts. Now if he was a 6-4, 280-pound serial domestic abuser with double-digit sack potential at defensive end? Jerry would sign him.

Texas basketball player Andrew Jones has been very active lately, from posting videos of himself shooting around to tweeting about his day to thousands of people around the country who are emotionally invested in him beating leukemia. The video of him shooting last week has reached nearly 800,000 views. We’re pulling for you, Drew.

This weekend, Texas junior sprinter Mariam Abdul-Rashid competed in the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., achieved two personal records and and dedicated her performance to Jones. Hers is the latest in a wonderful outpouring of support, from fellow Texas athletes to the entire campus to opponents who have worn the Boom AJ1 T-shirts, to countless leukemia patients writing him letters. It’s a heartwarming show of love and humanity as Jones continues his treatments.

One suggestion, Jones fans: Please stay away from websites that are selling Jones T-shirts online that aren’t affiliated with the university or his family. If you want to make sure your money goes to the Jones family fund, click here.

Don’t reward cyber animals who are seeking to make a quick buck off a young man’s misfortune. There’s a special place in hell for them.

My former Statesman colleague Mark Rosner asked Texas guard Brooke McCarty after Saturday’s win over Kansas State if she felt confident she would break out of her extended three-point slump.

“It’s a process,” McCarty said with a slight hesitation, drawing laughs from her teammates and the media. The reigning Big 12 player of the year is shooting only 32 percent from three-point range after making 43 percent behind the money line her junior year. She is shooting only 29 percent from deep over her last 10 games.

Here’s why Texas fans shouldn’t worry about their mercurial mighty mite. McCarty hasn’t let her outside shooting struggles affect other parts of her game. She is still playing hard on both ends of the floor and doing a great job of running the offense.

The threes will eventually fall. She’s too good for them not to.

Over the course of one afternoon, the Cleveland Cavaliers went from fodder to favorite in the Eastern Conference.

The additions of Jordan Clarkson, George Hill, Larry Nance, Jr. and Rodney Hood played to positive views in a blowout win over the Boston Celtics. LeBron James smiled more than he has in months and that’s because Cleveland just made a massive upgrade in athleticism. Gone are the washed-up Derrick Rose and past-his prime Dwyane Wade. In their place are players who are still hungry to win a title.

Toronto leads the East ,but anyone who has seen Demar Derozan and Kyle Lowry in the playoffs aren’t likely to bet against the Cavaliers in a seven-game series. They’re good players, but the jumpers don’t seem to fall as often in the postseason.

The retooled Cavs will be back in the Finals against Golden State, which will survive Houston in a great Western Conference final.



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