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Throwback Thursday: Cleveland’s Finest

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
Antwone Fisher at Syracuse University in 2008.

Antwone Fisher at Syracuse University in 2008.

Director/screenwriter Antwone Fisher wrote this piece in the Huffington Post about Lebron James.

Store Mural of Lebron James (circa 2010)

Store Mural of Lebron James (circa 2010)

Gimme Five

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Ten days ago CitySportsReport (formerly Razz and Jazz Sports Blog) predicted these five reasons ‘Melo would return to the Knicks.

They Came before Crossover

Saturday, March 1st, 2014
Author and Morehouse College journalism professor Ron Thomas spoke at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications last Thursday.

Morehouse College Sports and Journalism Program Director Ron Thomas spoke about the genesis of the NBA and how it was integrated during a visit to the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications on Thursday.

Ron Thomas shared stories from his book They Cleared the Lane with SU students and faculty this week. His exhaustive research highlights ballers such as Chuck Cooper, Bucky Lew and Cleo Hill.   Thomas, who grew up in Buffalo and went to college in Rochester,  is a former NBA beat-writer, turned author and educator. His talk was part of an event produced by Syracuse University’s Sports Media Center.

Thomas also posed one of the most clever sports trivia questions out there: Who was the NBA’s first player? (there’s more than one answer, so read the book)

On Friday, Thomas continued his labor of love by attending a ceremony in West Virginia that featured a tribute to Earl Lloyd.

Throwback Thursday: Andray the Giant

Thursday, November 14th, 2013
Here is a photo of Brooklyn Nets Center/Forward Andray Blatche from his days as s Henninger High School star.

Here is a photo of Brooklyn Nets Center/Forward Andray Blatche from his days as s Henninger High School star.

Who knew…we knew!

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
Michael Carter Williams makes his case

Michael Carter-Williams makes his case

Shout out to former Orangeman Michael Carter-Williams who produced a stat stuffer supreme tonight with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 12 assists and 9 steals. MCW’s 76ers defeated the defending champion Miami Heat. The steals mark set an NBA rookie debut record.

A Vote for Etan

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Here is a website looking for suggestions for a commencement speaker at Syracuse University. I have several suggestions, but after listening to this podcast, I am convinced that former Orangeman Etan Thomas should be considered.

Is there any athlete who is more of an activist in this current era?

To call him a Renaissance man would be appropriate.

Thomas is a former NBA player, poet, philanthropist, FOBO (friend of Barack Obama), and he has been organizing Fatherhood panels (the most recent one was moderated by SU Professor Dr. Boyce Watkins) to help redefine what it means to be a man.

Before making his mark at Syracuse University, Thomas (the son of an educator) attended the same high school as the late Wayman Tisdale, one of my favorite jazz musicians.

When it comes to role models, Etan’s got my vote.

Athlete in Action

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Here is a column by former Orangeman and author, poet, activist Etan Thomas about the Trayvon Martin case.

Mr. Smith comes to Syracuse

Friday, February 17th, 2012
Speaking Quite Frankly: Stephen A. Smith

Speaking Quite Frankly: Stephen A. Smith

Writer, TV personality and NBA insider Stephen A. Smith came to Syracuse University last night and schooled the students on the importance of building your work ethic as well as your personal brand.

Smith fielded dozens of questions ranging in topics from changing a major to the good bad and ugly of NBA players: Tim Duncan, Jeremy Lin, Kwame Brown and Allen Ivrerson.

He said being in college is a great place and time to pay your dues on the way to seeking any particular career path. “I’ve never taken less than 17 credit hours when I was in school…” he said. “…I also liked to party.”

Stephen A. Smith tells SU students to pay their dues.

Stephen A. Smith tells SU students to pay their dues.

Smith’s talk, which was partly motivational, but delivered in his trademark sarcasm and ribs, also touched on the the NCAA Tournament, TV revenue for sports, politics and the evolution of the black athlete. 

According to Smith, too many fans over-celebrate contenders before they become champions.

Local NBA History

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
NBA Hall of Famer Earl Lloyd visits with Aaron Allen at the War Memorial in 2000.

NBA Hall of Famer Earl Lloyd visits with Aaron Allen at the War Memorial in 2000.

“The best way to judge the importance of Lloyd’s role may be to look at it through the prism of Syracuse, a then prosperous Upstate New York industrial city…that had a wild erratic history involving blacks and elite althletics.”
Sean Kirst, Moonfixer: The Basketball Journey of Earl Lloyd

A Homecoming

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Former Syracuse Orangeman Carmelo Anthony made his debut with the New York Knicks tonight, proving that it is possible to come home again.