That can go tragically wrong. One of the great all-time examples of the ills of comparison shopping goes back 15 years to Georgian big man Nikoloz Tskitishvili, the No. 6 pick of the Nuggets in the 2002 draft. Back then, Nuggets honcho Kiki Vandeweghe was enthralled with the proposition that Tskitishvili would be the second coming of Dirk Nowitzki, a skinny European teenager who, with time, would blossom into a transformative star.
He was playing in the Italian League at the time, coached by Mike D’Antoni, who had been a Nuggets front-office employee and had yet to make his mark as an NBA coach. D’Antoni told the Associated Press, He’s two or three years away. Hopefully, Denver will have some patience because he could be something special.
Tanner Ainge had been hinting on LinkedIn about a potential run, and by Monday morning, he had filed paperwork to make his bid official, the Salt Lake Tribune reported . Also, the bios on his social media accounts were changed to say candidate for U.S. House of Representatives.
In addition to his career in finance, Ainge has directed the African Equity Fund non-profit. He also volunteered in campaign finance for a year of Mitt Romney’s run for president in 2008, although that is the extent of his political background.
Deeper on Ainge’s resume, he speaks five languages, studied Chinese at Cornell University and earned his law degree at Northwestern University.