Korleone Young Rumors
Young still had to prove himself on the court when the NBA reconvened for the shortened season in 1999. That season, the Pistons featured a deep roster that included Joe Dumars, Bison Dele, Jerry Stackhouse, and Grant Hill. “As he walked through the doors, I was listening to him,” said Dumars, now Detroit’s president of basketball operations. “When he got on the court, you could see he had talent, but you knew the process was going to be hard because he was just so young for the league. He sounded like a young high school kid all of a sudden thrown into the NBA world.”
Gentry said Young was the beneficiary of unusual sympathy. “We kept him for a year, really, because we just felt sorry for the kid,” he said. “We kept him on the roster just to kind of help him out, really.” As time went on, Young’s role with the team turned hazy. On a few occasions, the organization sent him to attend community events while the team practiced, according to Young. Am I even on the team? he wondered. Meanwhile, the combination of money, idle time, and an introduction to the nightlife proved destructive. He traveled from Auburn Hills to downtown Detroit’s strip clubs and nightclubs. Even though he was just 19, Young knew that he wouldn’t be carded if he arrived with a teammate.