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American NBA Players Are Spoiled

Posted by on Thursday, May 29th, 2014 in Rebound Blog | 0 comments

American NBA Players Are Spoiled

I grew up deep-rooted in isolated Washington Iowa, where people lend a helping hand and strive to live their lives with honesty and integrity.  Besides God and family, a man’s word is everything held dear. I am proud to be an American and believe that there is no better place to live than the great United States of America. I always knew that being an American meant that I was blessed to live in a country that has more than most in the world. During my professional basketball career, I had an opportunity to travel to different parts of...

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Quitting On A Coach – Unforgivable

Posted by on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 in Rebound Blog | 0 comments

Quitting On A Coach – Unforgivable

HERE IS MY EXPERIENCE WITH PLAYERS WHOM DECIDED TO QUIT ON THEIR COACH…. The New York Knicks quit on their coach, Don Nelson. At one point during my traveled career, I was lucky enough to get a call up to the New York Knicks. I was extremely excited to get the nod.  Don Nelson was the coach for the Knicks at the time and it made sense to be called up and play for Coach Nelson. Four years earlier, in 1992, he drafted me 50th overall, a second round selection to the Golden State Warriors. I knew very little back then about the situation...

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US Open, Child Exploitation?

Posted by on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 in Rebound Blog | 0 comments

Recently an 11-year-old girl earned an opportunity to tee it up at Pinehurst in June for the United States Women’s Open. Lucy Li, a sixth grader from Redwood Shores, California, became the youngest ever to qualify for the event. Although I am happy for Li, I am not sure if this isn’t some sort of child exploitation.  I am concerned. When I was 11, I was wiping my nose on my brother’s sleeve and participated in sports like creek stomping, 500, kickball and pickle.  Expectations have changed.  I appreciate pushing the envelope...

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The Spurs, The Sport Dynasty

Posted by on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 in Rebound Blog | 0 comments

The Spurs, The Sport Dynasty

I have said for years that the San Antonio Spurs are the most consistent and successful dynasty in all of professional sports.  They are not flashy or over celebratory, yet have proven long-term success. Real quick on all of the celebrations that happen in sports; I am all for getting pumped up for the big game, but overdone celebrations get old and often take away from the game.  It is the fan’s job to jump around and high five each other. All-to-often over exuberance from the players during the game can be counterproductive.  Act like...

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Michael Sam- NOT Mr. Irrelevant!

Posted by on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 in Rebound Blog | 0 comments

Michael Sam- NOT Mr. Irrelevant!

This year, Lonnie Ballentine was last to be drafted to the NFL.  This last place draft spot is referred to as Mr. Irrelevant. I know Lonnie worked hard for that spot but I wonder if Michael Sam, the first openly drafted gay person to the NFL, will be the one who earns the title. For the sake of world advancement and common sense, I hope not. After Michael Sam’s stock dropped after coming out as a gay man, he was finally drafted in the seventh and last round of the NFL draft, 249th overall. He was very close to the last draft slot,...

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Donald Sterling “Racist? It’s Not Me!”

Posted by on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 in Rebound Blog | 0 comments

Donald Sterling “Racist? It’s Not Me!”

During Donald Sterling’s interview with Anderson Cooper Donald claimed “I am not a racist, I am very sorry for hurting people, I made a terrible, terrible mistake. I have hurt so many innocent people, I have hurt myself. I am sorry, I am apologetic.”  He went on, “I’m not a racist, I have never been a racist, and it’s not me!” Donald Sterling is grasping at straws.  He is attempting to take the bullets out of the gun that he loaded himself.  By playing the victim, an 80 year old foolish man with...

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Why Do Athletes Self Destruct?

Posted by on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 in Rebound Blog | 0 comments

Why Do Athletes Self Destruct?

I look back at my days of playing college and professional basketball very fondly.  This all-too-brief time in any players life is unquestionably fragile and taken for granted. These early years, teens, then 20s and if a player is lucky enough, 30s is a great time in life; the glory days…they fly by and are gone in a flash. The lights go out and the cheering stops, “reality” sets in. There is an unrelenting struggle of who you are as a person.  Standing over 6′ 10″ makes being a former basketball player grasp...

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The Color of Acceptance

Posted by on Thursday, May 1st, 2014 in Rebound Blog | 0 comments

The Color of Acceptance

As an NBA alumnus, I’ve been a member of the NBRPA for the last 9 years, enjoying the opportunities to make new friends, rekindle old friendships, and fraternize with former opponents and teammates.  As I’ve grown and matured, the Legends of Basketball has become an important part of my life. The inaugural issue of REBOUND, the NBRPA magazine made its debut at the All-Star Weekend where part of the weekend’s agenda is a salute to Black History Month. I’m happy that my first official letter from the editor was about...

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I Played for Donald Sterling and the Clippers, Learn a Lesson, I Did

Posted by on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 in Rebound Blog | 0 comments

I Played for Donald Sterling and the Clippers, Learn a Lesson, I Did

Donald Sterling recently has stunned all with his comments on black people. I played for Sterling and the Clippers back in the 1994-1995 and rarely even saw the man. To me, distancing himself is how he got away with 33 years of owning an NBA team living his bigoted and racist, unenlightened and narrow-minded life.  In my opinion, an old man simply expressing himself the only way he knew…extremely skewed and certainly uninformed, therefore unfulfilled. Maybe after this wake up call, the old dog can be enlightened about life and team...

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HEAT Getting Ready to Sizzle

Posted by on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 in Rebound Blog | 0 comments

I remember when I played for the Heat.   It was a wonderful opportunity to play under Pat Riley and a team that at the time had the second best record in the NBA.  I felt surrounded by an organization that had compiled very goal oriented players and coaches, each trying hard to win. (I didn’t always get that feeling on the teams in which I played.) Working for Coach Riley was not easy, but I felt I was treated fairly.  Once the two and a half hour practice, the hour of weights, and the hour of film work were over and you had put your...

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