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NBA DRAFT RULES NEED TO CHANGE- One and Done

Posted by on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 in Rebound Blog | 0 comments

NBA DRAFT RULES NEED TO CHANGE- One and Done

NBA Rule-ONE and Done – What About Education? The NBA One-and-Done rule adopted for the 2006 NBA draft and in place today is the following: Basketball players who wish to perform in the NBA must:  Be at least 19 years of age  OR be one year removed from high school  If players do not satisfy these stipulations, they will not be allowed to enter their names into the annual NBA Draft For the sake of education and most importantly, the future of these players, the One-and-Done rule must be changed. Being 19 and/or one year removed from...

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Team Play – A Turning Point

Posted by on Monday, July 28th, 2014 in Rebound Blog | 0 comments

Team Play – A Turning Point

Game 4 of the NBA Finals was a TEAM PLAY clinic. This style of play, being SO successful, may be a turning point, bringing the NBA back to the greatness that it once had, and deserves. I love basketball, TEAM basketball. Being 6’11″ I am approached daily by people first wondering how tall I am and then “casually” inquiring if I play, or ever played the game. Thank goodness I did, so I can answer, “Yes, I was fortunate enough to get drafted and play in the NBA.” The conversation inevitably goes into their...

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Who Would WIN? NBA or CBA?

Posted by on Monday, July 14th, 2014 in Rebound Blog | 0 comments

Who Would WIN? NBA or CBA?

Who would win, NBA or CBA? Before I played in the NBA, I played professional basketball in the Continental Basketball Association.  At that time, there were only two leagues in the United States that ran concurrently, the NBA and the CBA.  These two leagues were the best in the world. Since there were the only two leagues, there was a very fine line between those that made the NBA and those that did not.  The talent wasn’t watered down like what we see with today’s different professional basketball leagues.  The IBL, the NBA...

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STUDENT Before Athlete – Making Smart Choices

Posted by on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 in Rebound Blog | 0 comments

STUDENT Before Athlete – Making Smart Choices

I ran across an article in the Star Tribune about a student athlete Jeff Jones.  This article resonated with me on a personal level, both as an NCAA and professional athlete and as a father of an athlete.  It prompted me to write this latest blog.  It is not about basketball per se, but it relates to all athletes who have an eye on playing sports at the higher levels, beyond high-school athletics.  It is about making the right choices for the best chances of success as a student, and as an athlete.  For reference and credit, here’s a...

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Someone Please Help Rodney Hood NOW!

Posted by on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 in Rebound Blog | 0 comments

Someone Please Help Rodney Hood NOW!

Last week, the NBA held its annual draft.  Choosing from very talented players, this year did not disappoint. Talent abounded as the draft boasted very versatile players at each position from all over the world. Unfortunately, players being stupid did not disappoint either.  Before Rodney Hood became a first round NBA Draft pick, he purchased over $80,000 of high end jewelry, as TMZ Sports reported.  According to TMZ among the purchases that the 21-year-old picked out were a $50K diamond-coated stainless steel Breitling Bentley watch from...

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Team Names and Mascots – What Do They Represent?

Posted by on Saturday, June 28th, 2014 in Rebound Blog | 0 comments

Team Names and Mascots – What Do They Represent?

Let me start by sharing that I am not a Native American, but I do have a perspective on the recent move by the Federal Patent Office to cancel the Washington Redskins trademark. What is too politically incorrect?  Where are we going with political correctness as a nation?  Is Wahoo of the Cleveland Indians a racist? Are all fans of the Washington Redskins racists? Do the Atlanta Braves fans believe that Native Americans are below other Americans?  Maybe…….but I doubt it. Without a doubt, there is a black eye on the history of the...

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NBA Draft – Is Height Worth The Risk?

Posted by on Thursday, June 26th, 2014 in Rebound Blog | 0 comments

NBA Draft – Is Height Worth The Risk?

Coaches can’t teach height. They can work with a player for 15 years and never teach him to be 7 foot tall. But that is what makes achieving in the NBA so difficult. Chances of being tall are not good.  Only 5% of adult American males are 6’3″ or taller. Being tall, having athleticism, learning the game quickly, being coachable, durable and pure luck all play a part. So that should make a tall player more valuable when it comes to basketball, right?  We have all seen George Muresan, Manute Bol, Yao Ming, Shawn Bradley, Chuck...

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LeBron James Beast Mode!

Posted by on Thursday, June 12th, 2014 in Rebound Blog | 0 comments

LeBron James Beast Mode!

I have always been a fan of LeBron James’s talent and really how he handles himself.  He is comfortable in his own skin more now than ever.  Here is where I have some issues….He only brings his talents and abilities sometimes.He floats at times and takes quarters off, sometimes halves off. Why? Do you always want to be considered a great player, but not the GREATEST OF ALL TIME? Why doesn’t Miami have home court?Because too many quarters were played by LeBron floating around and his beast mode was flipped on too late, or...

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PASSION or Participation Ribbons?

Posted by on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 in Rebound Blog | 0 comments

PASSION or Participation Ribbons?

I understand that sports at a young age should be fun.  Learn the fundamentals and have fun.  At the end of the season, congratulate the participants and make some future goals. However, I passionately believe that we should get rid of participation ribbons. There needs to be a goal.  Not just to participate!  Participation ribbons do not help fuel the burning desire to succeed.  It only promotes participation.  Whether the goal is to win, to provide for your family, to run a mile under 10 minutes or attract a mate, there NEEDS to be a goal,...

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NBA Finals – Game 1 – When I Played for The Heat, I Was Very Impressed

Posted by on Thursday, June 5th, 2014 in Rebound Blog | 0 comments

NBA Finals – Game 1 – When I Played for The Heat, I Was Very Impressed

I played on several teams throughout my professional career, including many different NBA teams.  When I played for the Miami Heat, I was very impressed with how well things were run. With the Heat, the facilities were state-of-the-art, the trainers were second-to-none and the organization was obviously dedicated to do what it took to invest in a successful program. Pat Riley was my coach, and Erik Spoelstra was the film guy. He was actually much more involved than that, but that was my view of him at the time.  Coach Riley is infamous on...

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