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|The story of Korleone Young is a cautionary one for top basketball prospects.|
Instead, Young embarked on a self-destructive cycle. Though there was still interest from overseas teams, he let himself slip out of shape. He treated the tryouts with foreign squads like paid vacations. Young did stints in Australia, Russia, China, and Israel from 1999 to 2006. The farther he traveled, the further he got from his dream of returning to the NBA. He started to think of himself as a victim. He drank. He smoked. He partied. He struggled with depression, wracked by the mistakes he'd made.
"[Man], I was so dumb," Young said. "I leased [cars] then. I had a Ford Explorer. I had a Chevy Corvette. I had a couple mopeds. I was a big kid. I had toys, man. Kids have toys."
During this time, Young employed a financial adviser to oversee his affairs. But he'd sabotage himself. He'd tell the adviser, a young woman, that he planned to visit his daughters in Houston for a couple of weeks. The adviser would give him the money he needed for the trip, then Young would leave Houston after a couple of days, return home, and burn the surplus on more cars and clubs, and on fronting money to more friends and family. His father asked for money every once in a while. Young said he gave what he could when he could.
"[The adviser] couldn't tell me what to do," Young said. "She answered to me. It was the complete opposite. I should have been answering to her."
This cycle continued until Young could no longer secure a roster spot on a team overseas. Back in Wichita, police arrested him for missing a hearing over child support payments. Young said that he could not afford to pay them at the time. That was four years ago.