Originally written March 15, 2013 on NESN.com:
Sebastian Telfair will never fulfill the potential he appeared to have as a phenom out of Lincoln High School in 2004. He can try to rescue his reputation in what is left of his NBA career, however, and he appears to be on the right track. Telfair, now 27, opened up about his self-inflicted trials early in his career, from his multiple gun charges to his brief tenure with the Celtics. The former Sports Illustrated cover boy blamed only himself for the troubles that have caused him to shuttle among seven teams in his nine-year NBA career. It all started in high school, where he never had to set screens, make a post-entry pass, play defense or do any of the fundamental things that are necessary to compete in the NBA. “I had to learn the game,” Telfair told SI. “When I started, I didn’t know how to play the game, meaning coming from New York and Lincoln High School. They really don’t teach you how to play basketball, especially in a public school. When I got to Portland, I was playing ...
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