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“It makes you more prepared for that one moment when you do get a decision-makers’ attention.You have three minutes to either sell yourself to him or be forgotten the minute you leave him.Tapscott’s first questions were: “Where would you like to start?And where do you want to be five, 10 years from now?

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Even though it’s three minutes, you can get a lot accomplished. Small talk is everything in this business.” The front office individuals opened up the conversations.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.Three minutes were on the clock, tracked in front of the room by the LDP director, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, who joined the NBPA’s Player Programs department last fall after a nine-year NBA and overseas career. The front office personnel included Vanterpool, Connelly, his brother Tim, Dotun Akinwale (Hawks manager of scouting), David Booth (Pelicans director of player personnel), Trevor Bukstein (Suns assistant general manager), Marc Eversley (76ers vice president of player personnel), Matt Lloyd (Magic assistant general manager), Malik Rose (Hawks manager of basketball operations), Brendan Suhr (former Pistons assistant coach and current LSU men’s basketball associate coach) and Ed Tapscott (Wizards vice president of player programs).“The speed dating part was cool because it forces you to develop your pitch in several different ways,” said Rose, a former participant of the LDP.