Posts Tagged ‘NBA’
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.
When it comes to role models, Etan’s got my vote.
Here is a column by former Orangeman and author, poet, activist Etan Thomas about the Trayvon Martin case.
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.”
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.
Retired NBA player and Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins visited Syracuse’s Fowler High School today to talk about diabetes management and prevention.
“How many people in here have a family member who has diabetes,” Wilkins asked. Almost every hand went up in an auditorum of a few hundred.
He was diagnosed with Type II diabetes one year after he retired from playing in the NBA.
He stressed he importance of establishing healthy eating habits, regular exercise and knowing your family health history
After a brief discussion about health Wilkins also fielded various questions about his playing days and the current state of the league…
Who is better Kobe or Lebron: Kobe is the most complete player in the league.
Who was your idol: Julius “Dr. J” Erving. The first time I played against him he scored 38 on me and I wasn’t upset.
Was Larry Bird overrated: “No way. Larry Bird was underrated.”
Who is the best ever: “Michael (Jordan). He won three championships then retired, then came back and won three more. No one ever did that.”
When you’re hot, you’re hot.
A swarm of fans suurounded NBA star Carmelo Anthony when he visited Syracuse’s Wilson Park for a Courts for Kids event yesterday. Anthony was certainly the peoples choice in a group of celebrities that included Hall of Famers, TV personalities, politicians, business personalities and former pro athletes.
The Courts for Kids Program plans to renovate courts in Syracuse, Baltimore, Denver and Puerto Rico. Yesterday’s event was organized in conjunction with the Jim Boeheim Foundation and the Dorsey Levens Foundation.