"I just wanted to get it out of the way"

SB Nation's Brandon Sneed interviewed the reluctant Andre Dawkins of Duke's backcourt regarding the unforeseen death of his sister and struggle to return to playing basketball competitively.

Just before the Ryan Kelly jokes, just before we parted ways, sitting at the black table where the guys usually sit for press conferences and across from the canvas of Andre playing basketball hanging on the wall, Andre said that he'd prefer to just keep his public life as a basketball player about basketball, and his personal life personal.

I asked him, "Why?" Why give an interview about this when he didn't want to?

He looked at me. He looked tired.

He cracked a half-smile.

He said, "I just wanted to get it out of the way."

Dre has been through more than I could imagine.  I'm just glad he's back on the court.