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NBA Rookies Learn “Her Name Is…Not Really ‘Sparkle Smith'” & Other Zany Advice

The incoming group of NBA rookies attended the Rookie Transition Program this week. It’s a chance for the league to prepare these young men for the new lifestyle they’ll have to deal with as professional basketball players. A reporter was at training school yesterday, and provided us with a sneak peek into some of the more hysterical nuggets of advice the rookies were told about.

New York Times writer Sarah Lyall was at training school yesterday, and provided the details in a series of tweets:

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Now, all of this advice probably requires some context, but the first point is very important because these rookies are suddenly making millions of dollars and managing that money is important. This goes beyond just making sure you’re not spending every paycheck, it’s also about saying no to other people’s requests — something that can become more difficult especially if it’s a family member.

Which brings us to the second tweet about networking. Presumably, this is more about brand building, and having the rookies connect with people and build new relationships, which is good. But they should also be careful about the type of people they take advice from. Some may have ulterior motives when dealing with a rookie NBA player who now controls a lot of money. We’ve seen players make a lot of bad investment decisions in the past, which is what the Rookie Transition Program is all about trying to avoid.

At one point, the rookies were also given lessons on tableware etiquette:

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