The great myth of the 2009 NCAA men's college basketball tournament is that North Carolina's starters selflessly turned down the NBA so they could come back to campus this season and win a championship.
Truth is, the NBA wasn't particularly interested. Tyler Hansbrough likely would have been a late first-round pick. But point guard Ty Lawson's postseason escapades undermined his once secure spot in the lottery, and the league expressed little interest in Wayne Ellington or Danny Green.
It's a good story, the veterans returning for another year of higher education. But had the NBA salivated over the prospects of the Tar Heels, some, most or all would have turned pro.