For all those kids fresh out of high school, as well as for all
COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY WALTER IOOSS JR. COVER nba preview Young and Youngest Kevin Garnett, 24, welcomes Darius Miles, 19COLOR ILLUSTRATION: ILLUSTRATIONS BY DANIEL ADEL Make Your Body Your Temple That sleek build forged by pickup games won't cut it in the buff NBA. Two words of advice for 19-year-old Clippers rookie DARIUS MILES: personal trainer.COLOR ILLUSTRATION: ILLUSTRATIONS BY DANIEL ADEL Feed Your Mind Minutes are often scarce: Pacers forward JONATHAN BENDER got only 5.4 a game as an 18-year-old rookie last season. The bench is a learning tool. (Sit by a smart guy.)COLOR ILLUSTRATION: ILLUSTRATIONS BY DANIEL ADEL Get In Touch With Your Superego You have teammates. Find them. For a fledgling gunner like third-year Warriors guard LARRY HUGHES, 21, the lesson here is not terribly complex: Pass the damn ball.COLOR ILLUSTRATION: ILLUSTRATIONS BY DANIEL ADEL Put a Leash On Your Ego Self-confidence is vital. Self-worship is not. The latter induces Kings' third-year playmaker JASON WILLIAMS, 24, to turn a simple dish into an ornate turnover.COLOR ILLUSTRATION: ILLUSTRATIONS BY DANIEL ADEL Beware Your Alter Ego At 25, ALLEN IVERSON, the fifth-year Sixers guard, should know that off-court image impacts on-court leadership. Instead, he's given new meaning to the term bad rap.COLOR ILLUSTRATION: ILLUSTRATIONS BY DANIEL ADEL Tame Your Devil Within He works hard, plays well, serves the community. Then 26-year-old, sixth-year forward RASHEED WALLACE of the Blazers erupts over a foul call and ruins his rep. Chill.COLOR ILLUSTRATION: ILLUSTRATIONS BY DANIEL ADEL Behold the Grown Man All manner of rewards come to the player, like sixth-year Timberwolves forward KEVIN GARNETT, 24, who has achieved Da-Manhood.
those who abandon college early to go to the pros, the NBA is a
coldly Darwinian world. Much must be learned on the evolutionary
path in order to survive and ultimately prosper. To help today's
youth cope with the growing pains, we provide these examples of
players at their current stages of development.