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Grief-stricken Dawkins won't practice this year

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08:16 AM ET 10.11 | While basketball teams around the country open practice on Friday, one of Duke's players will not be taking the floor. Andre Dawkins, who will redshirt this season, will not practice with the team this year. He is also not in the team picture. His name, though, is still on the roster and he is still in school, according to his father, Andre Dawkins Sr. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced in June that Dawkins, who has one year of eligibility remaining, would redshirt and focus on working through grief associated with the 2009 death of his sister. Lacey Dawkins died in a car accident on Dec. 5, 2009, while driving to watch her brother play against St. John's. She had never seen her brother play in college.

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October 11, 2012  08:20 AM ET

I will not attempt to get into anyone's head........


Best wishes Andre.........

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October 11, 2012  09:14 AM ET
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3 years later...hasnt he played the last 2 years????

Good question.

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October 11, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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3 years later...hasnt he played the last 2 years????

And your point?

There are people who have lost loved ones decades ago and still have yet to recover. Everyone grieves in their own way. Try as one might, just simply trying to move on does not work for many people.

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October 11, 2012  10:29 AM ET
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Sisters, die every day why wait 3 years to start mourning?

The point is that he's been in mourning for the whole three years and hasn't been able to get past it. He tried to deal with it by continuing with life as usual - where life as usual meant the demanding, high-pressure life of a college basketball player at a major program. It didn't work, so he's trying something different.

And don't forget how young he was when this happened - he could have still been in high school - and that she was driving to see him play, so he may be dealing with some irrational but perfectly natural and understandable guilt.

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October 11, 2012  10:38 AM ET

The decent thing to do would have been not to make this a thread.

October 11, 2012  11:27 AM ET
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I lost both of my parents and didn't miss a years work get over it. Say a prayer and move on. This kid must be mentally soft.

Everyone deals with death differently.

 
October 11, 2012  11:27 AM ET
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The decent thing to do would have been not to make this a thread.

winner!

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