Ladies and gentlemen, we’d like to introduce a young basketball player named Stephen Curry. His “explosiveness and athleticism are below standard,” he “needs to considerably improve as a ball-handler,” and he “will have limited success in the NBA.”
If that gave you whiplash from shaking your head, consider this: These observations come from Curry’s early NBA scouting reports, long before he was the lights-out point guard and 2015 NBA MVP who led the Golden State Warriors to the 2015 NBA title. In a new ad for CoachUp, the Curry of today recites those digs from his early scouting reports, airing out the supposedly sage advice that turned out to be so wrong.
What changed between “limited success” and pinnacle of the profession? Simply put, Curry transformed criticism into a championship. Here are five more athletes who defied the doubters and carved out their own success.Back to top