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Old 03-14-2013, 10:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sebastian Telfair was a bigger star in high school than he is today. And yet he is a better player now than he ever was back then. The paradox makes sense to him at last.

He is 27 years old and coming off the bench for the Raptors, his seventh team in nine NBA seasons. His point of view today is both surprising and encouraging. Telfair, the sensational AAU point guard from Brooklyn, N.Y., had been the subject of a documentary, a book and a Sports Illustrated cover story while he was in high school. He signed a sneaker contract with Adidas, which he now says was worth about $10 million over five years, before he was picked No. 13 in the 2004 draft by Portland. As he looks back now, it was the shoe money that made him feel as if he'd made it -- long before he knew the first thing about actually making it.

"If I could change one thing, I would take that sneaker deal back," says Telfair, a cousin of Stephon Marbury's. "It put you in some kind of comfort."

Read More: Sebastian Telfair looks back at high school career, time with Boston Celtics - NBA - Ian Thomsen - SI.com
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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how the heck can he be only 27, he's been in the league since the beginning.
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how the heck can he be only 27, he's been in the league since the beginning.
Rhetorical question?

He was drafted straight out of high school and has played 9 seasons.

18+9 = 27
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Lmao... if he had to do it all over again he would give back 10 million!!! That's really an insane thing to say. Anything could have happened where he never played a game.

Maybe he should just realize he's fortunate and that if he rested on his laurels, then change it. Or maybe he should realize making it and wanting to be the best at something are 2 totally different things.

No offense to the guy but that's really fucking a ridiculous place to lay blame for the current state of affairs.
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i think it makes perfect sense. he believes if he had given that 10 million dollars up, he would have made it back in contracts because he would have been far more dedicated to living up to his potential. who is to say that he wouldn't have fallen back on a max contract had he deserved one thou. essentially he's just saying what we see happen all the time when players receive the comfort of mass money, and that's exact why the the non-guaranteed contracts in the NFL work.
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i think it makes perfect sense. he believes if he had given that 10 million dollars up, he would have made it back in contracts because he would have been far more dedicated to living up to his potential. who is to say that he wouldn't have fallen back on a max contract had he deserved one thou. essentially he's just saying what we see happen all the time when players receive the comfort of mass money, and that's exact why the the non-guaranteed contracts in the NFL work.
This. A big reason why so many are broke after their careers are over.
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Rhetorical question?

He was drafted straight out of high school and has played 9 seasons.

18+9 = 27
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:56 PM   #8 (permalink)
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i think it makes perfect sense. he believes if he had given that 10 million dollars up, he would have made it back in contracts because he would have been far more dedicated to living up to his potential. who is to say that he wouldn't have fallen back on a max contract had he deserved one thou. essentially he's just saying what we see happen all the time when players receive the comfort of mass money, and that's exact why the the non-guaranteed contracts in the NFL work.
So if you're him you gamble 10 million on a ridiculous esotheric idea that you might be a better player withot money. Come on.
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Rhetorical question?

He was drafted straight out of high school and has played 9 seasons.

18+9 = 27
you think? it said in the blurb that he was drafted in '04, but I could have sworn he's been in the league since the late 90s ...
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