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Panelists included current and former players such as Bill Russell, Earl Monroe, Alonzo Mourning, Amare Stoudemire, Spencer Haywood and Jarrett Jack, and various experts in their respective fields. The knowledge passed along doesn’t come across like a TV after-school special, as presenters often use frank and direct language. The curriculum is the result of input from players, and it is reinforced throughout the regular season as the NBA meets with teams twice a year for player development programs. “Now, we don’t expect them to retain all the information, but I think it helps for them to see that there are so many layers to this, so many different things that you can get hung up on and that you have to be aware of, the financial aspect, the social aspect, image,” said Michael Bantom, NBA senior vice president of player development. “A lot of people see this as a one shot deal, but we use this as an introduction to the relationship-building process to show them what we do and that you don’t have to figure it out on your own.”