On Monday, Spencer Dinwiddie posted an intriguing, cryptic tweet.
Seven year in the making lol Where’s saunders.wesley?#AudienceOfOne https://t.co/YOKsPVU23f— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) September 10, 2018
What did that mean? The Nets point guard was going back to school ... for a master’s degree... at Harvard Business School? And what was the reference to seven years?
Some sleuthing around and it became clear. Dinwiddie is part of a Harvard program for athletes that has previously included Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
According to Boston.com, “Crossover Into Business,” is a semester-long program at Harvard Business School taught by professor Anita Elberse.
The program is designed to help pro athletes better prepare themselves for “business activities during and after their active sports careers.”
In this year’s class, there’s Dinwiddie, the Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, Pistons center Zaza Pachulia, and Nuggets forward Paul Millsap.
Elberse, first row center, posted a class picture.
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So fun to welcome these amazing athletes to the Harvard family yesterday! They crushed it in their case discussions during the #CrossoverIntoBusiness kick-off. And kept things 100% serious throughout the day, as you can see. I can’t wait to see how far they’ll come this semester. #Harvardfamily #HarvardHBS #lifeatHBS (By the way, yes, I am wearing yellow sneakers. All will be explained later!)
Dinwiddie and the other participants will each be matched with a pair of Harvard’s MBA student mentors who will “develop their business acumen and empower them to make better business decisions.”
What’s the seven year reference? Turns out that Harvard was Dinwiddie’s “safety school.” Coming out of high school in L.A., Dinwiddie had the grades and the scores to get into Harvard, but believing (accurately) that he had a future in pro basketball, he chose the Buffaloes over the Crimson.
Wesley Saunders? He was another L.A. high school star who chose Harvard, played four years and got his degree.
Dinwiddie was in the news again Tuesday when he and other pro athletes, most prominently the Knicks Enes Kanter, participated in the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund’s annual events to commemorate 9-11. More than 600 CF employees died in the 9-11 attacks.
Respect brother #September11th #NeverForget https://t.co/Up5EYZynii— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) September 11, 2018
Finally, Dinwiddie acknowledged the rumors that the Suns are interested in him, comforting a fan with a piece of widsom.
We shouldn’t worry about things we can’t control ✊— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) September 11, 2018
All in a day’s work.
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