Daryl Morey's NBA draft interview stories are just the best.
He jumpstarted the conversation by reminiscing about one prospect who seem perturbed by the thought of being drug tested.
Best draft interview answers ever part 1: player, can you pass a drug test? [grabs table] TODAY?!?— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) May 22, 2013
If grabbing the table in fear of a simple drug test isn't a red flag, what is?
One of the cardinal rules of interviewing is always say yes. No matter what they ask, just say yes.
Well, that's not entirely true. You could get yourself in trouble should your potential employer decide to ask: "Do you not want this job?" Saying yes to that would be a career killer.
Let's just go ahead and say that you're never, under any circumstance, supposed to panic at the mention of doping policies then.
While displaying confidence is a must, Morey would also recommend you avoid ignorant pompousness.
He recalled one recruit declaring he was better than every player expected to be drafted ahead of him. That same recruit then immediately conceded to never watching any one of those prospects play.
More best answers: "anyone who is projected ahead of U that U think U R better than?" ALL OF THEM "Have you ever seen them play?" NEVER— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) May 22, 2013
Bold? Yes. Ridiculous? Also, yes.
But not as ridiculous as Morey's next anecdote, inspired by a player who said he had no agent before admitting he did, in fact, have an agent.
More best answers: "who is your agent?" I don't have an agent. "Who is advising you?" [gives name] "Who is that?" My agent.— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) May 22, 2013
NBA players are notorious for contradicting themselves (see Kobe Bryant on retirement), but this one hadn't even gone pro yet.
Ah, the youth of today. They'll say anything. They'll apparently pawn anything, too.
Morey came into contact with a player who was evidently involved in something illegal. He allegedly had no idea anything was wrong until he arrived at a pawn shop.
Best answers: "When did U know there might be an issue?" I was carrying [stolen item] 4someone else-knew something up when we got 2pawn shop— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) May 22, 2013
From what we can tell, the only thing he was truly guilty of was being incredibly naive or a really, really bad liar.
Allow Morey's tales to be a lesson in what not to say or do during an interview of any kind.
Avoiding any and all pawn shops beforehand would probably be a good idea as well.