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Drew Gooden
Drew Gooden
Position: None
Born: 09/24/81
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:229 lbs. / 104.3 kg.
Drew Gooden is walking aimlessly in the middle of an unknown college campus. There are students who appear to know where they are going, but they don’t stop to help him. He doesn’t know who his professors are or what classes he needs to attend. That recurring nightmare first haunted Gooden when he departed from the University of Kansas to the NBA in 2002. He believes the dream was subconsciously telling him to finish his college education. And ever since he received his diploma from Kansas, a bachelor’s degree in communication this past December, that nightmare has stopped.
“One thing I hate is to leave something unfinished,” the 35-year-old Gooden told The Undefeated. “I’ve been fortunate at every part of my life, even in my basketball career, that I’ve been able to walk away from stages of the game and stages of life feeling fulfilled. With the school, I never had closure. “When I got my degree, it was basically like a relief. I haven’t had that dream since I graduated. It was a relief because there was something missing in my life that was incomplete. It was getting the degree.”
Ward gave Gooden the word last December that he earned his degree. An appreciative Gooden bought Ward a fancy Breitling watch with the Kansas school colors. “I had to buy a graduation gift for my counselor who put up with me all these damn years to make sure I was on track to graduate,” Gooden said. “He had some heart failure. He had open-heart surgery. He’s already in a wheelchair. He’s paralyzed from the waist down. He’s been going through it. “But he’s a Jayhawk legend. That’s who has been with me for the last 13 years knocking this out. He didn’t have to do it. He did all the groundwork for me from afar even though he is an academic adviser for the kids currently enrolled there at KU.”
Twenty-one current and retired NBA players, as well as former WNBA All-Star Adrienne Goodson, interacted with 11 front office personnel during a one-of-a-kind speed dating exercise to pitch themselves for future positions. It was part of the NBPA’s fifth annual Leadership Development Program (LDP) for players interested in working one day in the NBA front office, which includes scouting, coaching, player development and general management. “I never knew what speed dating was until that,” NBA veteran Drew Gooden said. “It was an opportunity for GMs and guys who are in the front office to finally get in front of players they never had a conversation with, but they’ve seen play for years. So that was a great opportunity for both sides.”