A few weeks back, the NBA hosted a rookies photo shoot event—almost every first round pick was there getting their trading card pictures taken, signing memorabilia items and having fun before the rigors of summer training kicked in. Naturally, ESPN The Magazine senior NBA writer Chris Broussard was in on this, scoring interviews with seven first-rounders on a wide range of topics. It was pure interview gold, we decided to make a series out of it. Presenting now: Episode One of On the Verge, in which Broussard talks life, Sponge Bob and pranking D-Wade with Mr. Michael Beasley. You can read some of the stuff we left on the cutting room floor here, as a bonus.
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