During the NBA Draft teams are drafting players based on potential. Most have spent only a year or two in college, and aren’t even of legal drinking age yet. However teams gather to hand these young men millions of dollars of guaranteed contract salary.

The quote of the 2010 NBA Draft was from basketball HOF coach (formerly of Georgetown) John Thompson. When asked about talented but potentially immiture DeMarcus Cousins, Thompson unleashed the following gem, “You can calm down a fool before you can resurrect a corpse.” Now that sounds bad but it was a compliment. No, really it was.

Thompson’s point was that you have a better chance to teach a talented player to control his rambunctious actions than you can teach a calm average player to be star. He has a point but 68 year old Thompson has a better shot at getting a maximum NBA contract than becoming a PR guru.

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