Jun 20, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT
Over the next few days there will be a lot of talk about the biggest draft busts ever (great list here from Hoopism). It’s a fun exercise, for reasons I’ve never fully understood we as a species enjoy watching others struggle and fail. The latest NBA finals seems even more proof of that.
Being the bust, that can be hard. Devastating.
Meet LaRue Martin, the top pick overall of the Portland Trail Blazers in 1972. Before Sam Bowie and Greg Oden there was Martin. He played just four seasons and his best one he averaged seven points and five rebounds a game in 17 minutes of action. Then the Chicago Native was gone from the league.
His tale of what happened and how he got back — he is now an executive with UPS and well adjusted — is an interesting one that HBO’s Real Sports will tackle Tuesday night. Below is a taste. I think it’s worth watching, and remembering that these are 19-year-olds who now have a lot of pressure on them. And not all will be able to deal with that.This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
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- Bucks stay alive behind big backcourt performance to force Game 6 vs. Bulls 20
- Incredible 35-point performance from Deron Williams leads Nets to overtime Game 4 win over Hawks 11
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- Report: Chandler Parsons to have knee surgery, could require microfracture surgery 7
- Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith gets two-game suspension for shot to Jae Crowder’s head 42