LaRue Martin

Former No. 1 pick LaRue Martin talks bust, bouncing back

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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.

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Russell Westbrook gets so hot, he has to cool himself down (video)

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NEW ORLEANS — Russell Westbrook hit 4-of-6 3-pointers in the third quarter.

This one apparently put him on fire to the point he had to cool himself off.

Stephen Curry literally lays down on defense to avoid ending up in Greek Freak poster (VIDEO)

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It’s hard to find a new low for defense in an NBA All-Star Game.

But Stephen Curry was laying down on defense. Literally.

The result was a Giannis Antetokounmpo dunk and Curry ending up in the highlight anyway.

Russell Westbrook off the backboard to DeAndre Jordan for the dunk (VIDEO)

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Hey, DeAndre Jordan, where was this Saturday night during the Dunk Contest?

The Clippers’ big man threw down an off-the-backboard alley-oop from Russell Westbrook during the All-Star Game Sunday that was better than anything he did on Saturday night. Enjoy

LeBron James passes off backboard to himself for dunk (video)

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NEW ORLEANS — Even in a game conducive to highlights, LeBron James went above and beyond.