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