Testing potential draftees

brain test

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune has some Bulls news from the NBA predraft camp, but this part jabbed me in the funny bone: “[Arizona's Chase Budinger] said the Bulls administered a ‘very interesting’ psychological test and that, at one point, they made him build things with blocks. Another time they had him stare at a picture for a long time, then covered it up and asked him to draw an exact replica. ‘And I’m thinking, ‘What does this have to do with the NBA?’ Budinger said, light-heartedly. ‘But I really enjoyed getting to know that organization. They were thorough.’”

I’m sure that the block-building and picture-drawing exercises were just a couple of the countless pscyhological personality tests that reveal a person’s sensitivity, maturity, flexibility, efficiency, degree of personality integration, interaction with the environment and possibly what kind of hair care products they prefer. At least they didn’t ask him what kind of tree he’d be or have him sculpt a physical representation of his relationship with his mother out of Play Doh.

For the heck of it, here’s Budinger’s NBADraft.net profile.

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