Bad Boy David Thompson

1981-82 Boston Celtics

Welcome to the wacky, wonderful world of professional sports, where a two-game suspension is naught but a $19,513.94 slap on the wrist.

I am speaking, of course, of David Thompson, the one-time All-America boy who has become such a headache to the Denver Nuggets. It is documented that when Nuggets GM Carl Scheer gave Thompson his celebrated $800,000-a- year contract then-coach Larry Brown protested, saying it would ruin the athlete. Brown's prophecy has been proven to be correct. This is clearly not the same David Thompson that emerged from North Carolina State with such an untarnished personal reputation.

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