With much of the country saying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are having to find ways to fill their spare time. Naturally, Garrett Temple has found a productive one.
The Post reported in January that Temple was considering going to law school when his NBA career was over. Now with it interrupted by the coronavirus, the Nets guard told YES Network he’s using the time to study for the LSATs.
“I’m going to be honest, I’ve been sleeping a good amount, but also trying to take on a new task. I’ve actually started practicing for the LSAT prep,” Temple said. “I’m a person that’s thought about going to law school when I’m finished playing. What’s a better time than now to be able to put in three or four hours a day of studying for a test that allows me to get into law school? So that’s what I’m doing right now.”
Temple is a vice president of the Players Association, with many people having suggested he could head the organization one day. Nets teammates have even taken to calling him “The President.”
With a business degree from LSU, Temple had always considered getting an MBA. That is until a few years ago when his father suggested another route — a legal one.
“Honestly, I’ve thought about it over the last three years. My dad kind of put a seed in my head. I was thinking more MBA. I have my undergrad degree in business, so I was thinking more MBA. My dad was telling me law school is something that’s pretty prestigious having a law degree, and teaches you to think in a different way.
“I’ve always been a big-time debater. I’m pretty literal. When I get into arguments, I’m a person that you probably want to stop arguing with because I’m going to nitpick everything you say.”
Earlier this season — through Nets owner Joe Tsai’s wife, Clara — Temple was introduced to attorney Bryan Stevenson. Now Stevenson is a clinical professor at the NYU School of Law, but his work getting wrongfully convicted inmates freed became the subject of the feature film “Just Mercy” starring Michael B. Jordan.
In January, Temple went into his pocket to pay for a screening of “Just Mercy” for local children, and got the Nets to do the same. And meeting Stevenson — as well as other attorneys — has convinced Temple to make that his career after this career.
“Then getting into the space of watching that move ‘Just Mercy’ and talking with Bryan Stevenson, having a conversation with him and a few other lawyers that I admire, just understanding how much of an impact you can have with a law degree in a lot of different ways,” Temple said. “You don’t necessarily even have to practice law but just having that knowledge is something that intrigues me.”
Temple added that — to keep the players fit — the Nets sent them all exercise equipment and gave them a 1 ½-hour workout regimen.
“Best believe Dan Meehan and Dan Liburd, our strength coaches, can find ways to make sure you stay in shape wherever you are,” Temple said. “You could be on the moon with nothing and they’re going to find ways to make sure you stay in shape.”
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