” As the players talked, he wrote down key words on a notecard, highlighting strengths and weaknesses of what they were saying.

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LAS VEGAS — In the world of Sin City, there are many different fast forms of dating.

But none are like the speed dating that took place inside the Vinoly Grand Ballroom at the Vdara hotel during Vegas Summer League.

“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.

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.

” “I wanted the beginning-stage thought more than anything.

I wanted where the passion lies right now first,” he said.

“Think of your positives,” Tapscott told the players.

“I want to hear what you are passionate about, like, ‘I want to teach fundamentals.’ Have an idea of what you want to do and sell yourself.” As for Vanterpool, who was involved with the speed dating for the first time, his initial question to the players was: “What would your dream entry-level position look like?

You can really understand and learn about a person in three minutes about how they carry themselves and the questions they ask.” Added Blazers assistant coach David Vanterpool, who was one of the 11 front office personnel, “I never thought I’d be part of speed dating at all, much less speed dating with basketball players.