CHICAGO — They bought their mother a car. What nice sons.
On Thursday, Aaron Harrison posted a picture on Instagram. It showed their mother, Marian, and the new BMW her twin sons bought her.
"We went half on it," Andrew said at the NBA Combine Thursday. "We got to sign some autographs — did an autograph tour — before we left Kentucky, and we were able to buy my mom a Mother's Day present. She definitely deserves it. Greatest mom in the world."
Coincidentally, the Harrisons seemed to have mounted a charm offensive at the NBA Combine. They want to prove wrong the nagging perception that the oft-discussed bad body language while playing at Kentucky meant the brothers were bad guys.
"It's funny," Andrew said, "because some people actually think me and Aaron are (unlikable) or whatever. I don't know. Anybody that knows me would say the opposite. So you can't really do anything about that. Just continue to be the best man you can be."
Aaron spoke about doing something about it.
"We'll try to smile more, I guess," he said facetiously.
Surely, a picture of your mother and the car you bought her has to help.
"Love this lady more than anything!" Aaron said in the Instagram posting. "She deserves it. So happy my brother and I could make her smile this big. Love you momma!"
Aaron tried to explain the frowns and slumped shoulders he and Andrew displayed while playing at Kentucky. He acknowledged that it did not look good.
"I watched myself and saw how it betrays me," he said. "So I'm trying to change."
It's almost an involuntary reflex to a bad play, Aaron suggested.
"From the outside, I guess it looks like we're getting down on our teammates," he said. ". . . We just have to fix it."
Toward that end, Aaron clapped encouragement when two teammates turned the ball over in a five-on-five Combine game Thursday. He did not protest when a reporter suggested acting might be part of the solution.
"I'd rather just go out there and play hard," he said. "It's not for show. It's about playing hard."
The irony is the Harrison twins did bring an attitude to the Combine. They don't like being dismissed as potential first-round draft picks. In mock drafts, neither ESPN's Chad Ford nor NBADraft.net nor DraftExpress lists either as first-round picks.
NBADraft.net did not have Andrew selected in the first or second round.
By contrast, Andrew said he had a lofty aim. "That I'm the best player in the draft," he said.
Added Aaron: "My brother and I have had big chips on our shoulders, and we can't wait to play (Friday)."
Playing on opposing teams Thursday, Andrew had 17 points, five assists and no turnovers in 26-plus minutes. "I think Andrew showed he was the best player on the floor," Aaron said. "I had a tough day."
Aaron made only one of six shots.
"But I'll definitely have a better day tomorrow," he said.
Andrew defended his brother. "It's tough when you don't have a point guard that you've played with all the time. So he played fine."
Both brothers noted the oddity of playing against each other rather than in tandem. Andrew wore No. 10 on a gray jersey that said "AN Harrison" on the back. Aaron wore No. 9 on a blue jersey with "AA Harrison" on the back.
"When they passed him the ball, I was running down the court like he was going to pass it to me," Aaron said. "I really thought he was going to pass me the ball one time. I really did."
The brothers did not object to another projection: that their games might be better suited for the NBA.
"I hope so," Andrew said. "(Opponents) can't really pack it in, in the lane and stuff, so I can really attack my man."
Whatever happens at the Combine, which concludes Friday, Aaron and Andrew spoke of workouts for individual teams between now and the June 25 NBA Draft as being more revealing.
"I feel that will show more," Aaron said. "Just going up against guys they say are better than me.
"I'm going to prove myself against them."
Andrew spoke of taking on all comers.
"I'll work out against anybody," he said. "I honestly do feel I'm the best point guard in the draft."