Gooden: Rookies Must Be Weary Of Social Media

"The stuff that you're tweeting in college? You don't want that to hurt you when (you're getting) ready to get drafted," Drew Gooden says

Taz and the Moose
July 19, 2018 - 11:24 am

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Former NBA player Drew Gooden joined Taz & The Moose to discuss the BIG3, the current NBA climate, and to offer advice to this year's crop of incoming rookies.

Taz and Moose opened by asking Gooden about his first season playing in the BIG3, a basketball league that features mostly retired players.

"I think the best way to describe this is probably the senior PGA tour for NBA basketball retired players.” Gooden laughed. “After the season was over with last year, I got some feedback from everybody and they just said they had a wonderful time and they enjoyed it so tremendously throughout the 10-week season. So I thought I might give it a shot this year, and you know what? It's everything but more than you could probably imagine."

Gooden said players take the league seriously.

"When I jumped in and started playing against these guys, I was like, 'Oh, what did I get myself into?'" Gooden said. "You can't foul out. It's an extremely physical basketball game."

Gooden also discussed the upcoming NBA season.

"I would say Boston is the favorite right now (to win the East)," Gooden said. "When you see what Boston did last year without Kyrie and Hayward, you can't help but say Boston is the number one favorite to come out of the East.”

Win the East, maybe. But win a championship? Not happening.

“I hate to burst everybody's bubble each year when we want to discuss basketball and who's going to do what and who's gotten better," Gooden said. "At the end of the day, it doesn't matter. The Golden State Warriors are winning another championship."

Gooden was also asked about what advice he would give to rookies.

"Right now, I would basically tell them to be weary about social media," said Gooden, who played in the league for 14 seasons. "I think that's probably one of the biggest concerns right now, and it was something that wasn't even considered when I was coming in as a rookie. Now that I'm able to sit in with the scouting department, going to sit in with pro personnel, people of that nature, and going to sit in the stands and get the intel on some of these guys and ask, 'Why did this guy slip to the second round?' or 'Why's this guy not getting paid?' – 85 percent of the time they say social media.

“So all of those young kids out there that's tweeting in eighth grade, you don't want that to come back and haunt you when you're going to sign a Division I scholarship," Gooden continued. "The stuff that you're tweeting in college? You don't want that to hurt you when you go and sit in that green room ready to get drafted as a top-15 pick.”