The Big Bust
Producer: Maggie Burbank
There is an exclusive club reserved for first overall picks in the NBA draft, including names like Magic, Shaq and LeBron. La Rue Martin, another member of the club, is famous for being the biggest bust in draft history. Selected first by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1972 draft, the former Loyola University (Ill.) center averaged a disappointing five points a game and retired after only four years in the league. Martin began drinking heavily and struggled for years with shame and depression on his rocky path to redemption. REAL SPORTS host Bryant Gumbel returns to De La Salle High School in Chicago, where he and Martin were schoolmates, to tell the story of how La Rue Martin went from dejected basketball retiree at age 26 to successful UPS executive.