The divergent careers of two former prep phenoms.
Krause wanted to rebuild from the inside out. He did not know much about Yao Ming, who arrived to the league the next year. He was told not to look at a young Spaniard named Pau Gasol. "This is not to demean anybody, but we were told not to see Gasol," Krause said recently. "Whoever was in charge of that thing kept saying, 'Don't see him.' We said OK. Was that a mistake? Probably yes. We should have seen him. We didn't."
In Chandler and Curry, Krause thought he "might have cornered the best big people for a long time." The situation reminded Krause of when he landed Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant in the 1987 draft. "There were a lot of people who said we were nuts, and we took those kids in the same year."3
I saw this on Grantland and thought it was an excellent read.