The latest piece from Grantland’s Jonathan Abrams chronicles the short life Eddie Griffin, former prep basketball phenom who nonetheless failed to crack the NBA’s mysterious code. There are many like him, and many of those move on to live full lives as impactful as anything they would’ve have done under the lights. Griffin couldn’t. He was always in some kind of limbo in the NBA, not fully committing to the necessary training, but never cutting the cord and starting a new life with the support of the people who loved him. It seems to especially be the case in basketball that players are so great and unstoppable one day or at one level, then powerless the next. Their frailties emerge out of nowhere and it’s so personal when they’re out on the court. It’s much smaller than a diamond or field or pitch and they’re wearing no armor.