Where is ex-K-State star Jacob Pullen?

By Ned Seaton

Q: Where is Jacob Pullen?

A: I assume this is a literal question, not a figurative one. I assume that since you left out the obligatory “oh where”  between “where” and “is.”

Surely you would have used the “oh where” phrase if you were just lamenting the absence of the Bearded One. (And don’t joke about calling you Shirley, please.)

OK, so this column is rapidly spinning out of control.

Pullen, the guard who became K-State’s career leader in scoring by pouring in 38 in his final game, is now playing for a team in Italy. That team is called Pellecanestro Biella. He is averaging 15 points a game; his season-high is 30.

He went undrafted in the NBA — and then, with the lockout that destroyed the first half of the NBA season, he had no real opportunity to make it as a free agent. So that’s why he’s in Italy. Whether he’ll try to hook on with the NBA remains to be seen.

Unrelated note: In this column last week, I wrote at length about the situation involving the land given to the Manhattan city government by the Purcell family, and whether that land would be given back to the family now that the land is no longer used for the water plant.

In that column, I reported that the city had started charging churches and schools for water, and I went on to assert that the city’s motivation was to make more money on the sale of water.

Well, former City Commissioner Bob Strawn objected to that characterization, saying that the real motivation was simple: The city was about to get sued by the American Civil Liberties Union for giving free water to churches. And since the city couldn’t cut off one without cutting off the other, it decided to cut off the free deal to both, he said.

Since Strawn was in on the internal discussions of the city commission with its legal staff, and since he says that was the motivation, you would be wise to take his word for it rather than mine. Former Mayor Bruce Snead also noted that the impending suit – coupled with the fact that churches and schools probably could NOT successfully sue the city — were factors in the decision.

So I stand corrected, and I regret making the assumption that led to the mischaracterization.

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