NBA DRAFT RULES NEED TO CHANGE- One and Done
Aug02

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,...

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STUDENT Before Athlete – Making Smart Choices
Jul08

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...

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Someone Please Help Rodney Hood NOW!
Jul02

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...

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Team Names and Mascots – What Do They Represent?
Jun28

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...

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NBA Draft – Is Height Worth The Risk?
Jun26

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...

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Team Play – A Turning Point
Jul28

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...

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