Bigotry and Elitism in Professional Sports

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It is time to demand true and equal representation in all areas of life. With this in mind, it is time to boycott the NFL and the NBA. White, Asian, Native and Arab American Athletes are under represented in both of these institutions.

White Americans are a full 60% plus of the population of the United States of America. Yet, the White athletic population of the NBA and NFL fall far below this number and does not accurately reflect the citizenry of the US.

This is unacceptable.

The NFL and NBA should be forced to accept less talented athletes on their teams in order that the teams shall make up a truly representational reflection of the population of the United States of America.

We cannot stand for the racist, elitism of the NFL and NBA. That Black American Athletes are more talented than White, Asian, Native and Arab Americans is meaningless. White, Asian, Native and Arab Americans deserve the “opportunity” to play for pay in the professional sports field as much as their more talented Black American counterparts.

Furthermore, State Universities should be mandated to award scholarships based n proper representation of the population of the Unite States of America. Therefore, College Scholarships for all Sports at State Universities and any University or College which accepts State or Federal funding should be held to strict statistical standards of population representation based on the demographic make up of the United States of America.

Anything short of this is pure bigotry and intolerable in a truly civilized society.

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Coach Cal VS White America and the College Athlete Indentured Servitude System

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I’ve always been curious as to the difference between Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and millions of other human beings who stop short of graduation at Universities to fulfill their goals and pursue their dreams.

Perhaps, it’s because so many “One and Done” Basketball players are Black and Whitey in America can’t stand to see a Black human being shorting the byzantine “education” system which they themselves cannot short.

There’s that old race card. Doh!

Seriously, though, why is it a “crime” for a person who wishes to pursue a career (albeit a short career) as a professional Basketball athlete to do so without obtaining a College Degree? What about Basketball requires a 4 year degree? Nothing that I can see. A more mind boggling aspect of this asinine argument is that most college degrees are worthless while pursuit of said worthless scrap of paper is creating more debt for Americans than home ownership. Yet, an athlete who has the opportunity to earn millions of dollars over a 3 to 15 year period is supposed to desire a college degree so much so that he (or she) delays earning said millions in order to obtain said worthless scrap of paper while putting himself at risk of injury and a loss of possible future earnings. Is that insane or am I not seeing some “big picture?”

Also, why is it not a viable course for these persons, if they should wish to acquire/earn a degree, that they not return to college AFTER they have finished their career as an NBA or other league professional athlete?

This seems to me to be naught but the “hating” of untalented people upon those persons blessed with the talents necessary to pursue the NBA profession.

No one seems to care all that much when Baseball athletes go to the league straight out of HS or two years out of College.

No one cared when Tiger Woods quit Stanford to pursue his goal of competing professionally at Golf.

No one cared/cares that Bill Gates didn’t finish at MIT. Same for Steve Jobs.

The only gnashing of teeth and faux concern seems to be for Basketball athletes.

This seems odd to me.

Then we have Calipari who is teaching/coaching/mentoring/advising some of these top kids on their way to their professional goals. In any other endeavor, Calipari would be seen in a positive light. Not so, though, because he is doing so with athletes who wish to pursue a goal of playing basketball in the NBA.

I find this odd. I find it hypocritical. I find it lunatic.

But…you guys go on gnashing your teeth, pulling out your hair, flagellating your backs and lamenting to the heavens the horrible sin of coaching young men and assisting those who wish to pursue the goal of reaching the NBA.

Cal has a fairly decent track record of placing these top recruits into the NBA. No other coach comes close.

But Cal is a villain for helping these guys reach their goals.

Only in White America is it possible to help folks and be vilified for having done so.

The NBA Draft — Pitiful Edition 2013 (Kentucky)

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Poythress and Goodwin have really done damage to their draft stocks the past few weeks. Both were considered by scouts to be Top 10 picks before the season began. Poythress still clinging to the end of the lottery. Goodwin now out of it. Cauley-Stein flubbed his first game starting in place of Nerlens Noel. Scouts love the upside, but he’s going to have to produce to stay in the lottery.

It is one helluva a weak draft when either of these three guys are close to the lottery.
I can almost understand Willie Cauley-Stein because of his size.

Poythress and Goodwin?  What do they have? What have they shown? Well..aside from an ability to lose against anything resembling a competitive team?

Goodwin and Poythress remind of me of the Team Turmoil days of Carruth, Chiles and Parker.  Goodwin’s signature move is a rush to the rim and a toss in the air.  Where it lands, Goodwin don’t care!  Poythress is rumored to have stated that he doesn’t give a damn where he goes in the draft, he is not staying.  Apparently, Poythress is not happy with the efforts of a Team of Coaches who have had a run of NCAA Success and NBA Lottery Picks unlike any other program in NCAA History.  Poythress “knows” that he can do as he pleases and take 4/5ths of each game off and still be good to go.  He’ll still play ball….SOMEWHERE!!!  Where?  Apparently, he doesn’t care.  I’ll go with Europe as my guess.   Maybe Turkey or Israel.

Neither Goodwin nor Poythress will ever make it to a second contract in the NBA. NEVER.  If Poythress is selected in the Draft this year.  I doubt that he’ll survive his first year without long stints in the NBDL.  I wonder how he’ll feel about his College Ball when he’s in North Dakota or Bumfcuk, Indiana playing ball with other NBA rejects.

But they are both too ignorant to see what they are doing.  Both are too foolish (full of themselves) to realize that it’s the second contract and not the first that matters.

I still can’t believe that an NBA team would waste money on either of these two.  But I guess the NBA has to have losing teams as well as winning teams.  For the Great Talent to rise and be enjoyed fully, there have to be duds and chumps to sink to the bottom and show us how talent can be wasted.

Phil Jackson on Coaching

SI: A final obvious question: What do you miss about coaching?

Jackson: What you might expect. Being around the other coaches, being around the guys. It’s what I talked about in my book [Eleven Rings]. Coaching is about, “How do I get these people to play at their peak level?” Yeah, the X’s and O’s mean something, but you can get people to do that. And a lot of those guys have been hired. The Lawrence Franks and the Frank Vogels. Mike Brown was one of those guys. That’s not a knock. Those guys know how to coach the game.

But coaching is much more than that. It is a spiritual quest. And if it’s not that, you don’t have a challenge, you don’t have a mission. Forming a brotherhood and trying to move it forward, that’s the part that I miss.

Jack McCallum is the author of Dream Team and the Sports Illustrated Book of the Apocalypse.

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NBA Draft Age Limit

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Kwame Brown 2001 NBA Draft #1 Selection.

Does the NBA really need further justification for insisting on an age limit for it’s prospective employees?

Every other profession has standards which expectant employees must meet in order to apply for employment.  Attorneys, Doctors, Mechanics, Scientists, Engineers.  All who apply for these professions must meet certain standards of professionalism and development.

This keeps out those who are incompetent to the profession.  Why is Sports exempt from setting standards for entry into it’s ranks of professionals?

How does the mere act of finishing high school and attaining the age of 18 make one qualified to enter the NBA Draft?

If I were an NBA GM, player, owner, coach or Executive, I would want a certain standard to be met before a prospective employee could apply for entry into the National Basketball Association.

The NBA is not for streetballers, AAU players or mid-level college players.

How can the NBA be certain that prospective employee is able to adapt to playing in the NBA?

One test is the NCAA ranks.  It’s really the only test that matters.  If a kid isn’t talented or mature enough to play at a high level in the NCAA, they don’t have a right or a prayer of making it in the NBA.

Some athletes will take longer to develop than others.  Why should the NBA be compelled to hire athletes who are not ready for the NBA?  When these young men are drafted, the CBA mandates certain salaries.  Each year, half of the draft class (or more) flunk out of the NBA.  They are either relegated to the NBDL or to make their way to Europe, Canada or Asia.

Why should the NBA be compelled to take a chance on these young men?

Would Nerlens Noel or Shabazz Mohammad been a sure thing in the NBA?

Was Kwame Brown?  Were the hundreds of other kids who have failed sure things.  No!  They were not.

Injury is part of the risks one takes when one is an athlete.  It’s part of the game.  It’s part of the profession.  No wage or living is guaranteed to any of us.

No athlete has a “right” to play in the NBA (or the NFL for that matter).

It’s lunacy to insist that the NBA or NFL hire employees who are under qualified for the job.

If the NBA must hire kids out of High School, why not force hospitals to hire Doctors and Nurses out of High School?  It’s a ludicrous notion.  On both sides…

Are all sports writers idiots or is it just a Pat Forde/Pete Thamel thing?

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Pat Forde recently wrote this terrifically stupid article about Nerlens Noel’s injury and David Stern’s culpability for said injury:

The greater issue is Noel’s future, and the way it is put at risk by a system that forced him to play college ball for a year instead of going straight into the NBA draft.

Noel may have gotten hurt in 2013 no matter where he was playing, but at least he would be under contract and well-compensated by whatever NBA team would have drafted him in the first round last June.

Instead, he wound up playing for scholarship money at Kentucky. And while that is nothing to sneeze at, Noel’s presence on campus represents restraint of trade and a bastardization of what college is supposed to be.

Bastardization of what college is supposed to be?  Isn’t College supposed to prepare one for the future?  A future profession of some sort?  Is Sports not a full fledged profession in a multi-Billion dollar business?  The NBA is arguably one of THE most successful businesses on the planet.

Surely, a year or two in college under the tutelage of Rick Pitino, Roy Williams, Bill Self, John Calipari, Tom Crean and a couple of dozen other coaches prepares students of the sports business for a professional career in [AGAIN] arguably one of the most successful businesses on the globe.

Are all sports writers idiots or is that just a Pat Forde/Pete Thamel thing?

The NBA makes decisions based on it’s business model.

Law Firms require prospective attorneys to obtain a degree, pass the bar, etc.

Corporations such as Google, Apple and Microsoft require university study or some kind of certification.

Hospitals require Doctors to obtain a degree and serious amounts of professional training.  Some would say that even those requirements are not enough since hospitals and doctors routinely kill people under their care.

Nearly every profession out there requires some sort of post high school training.

Somehow, sports business should be exempted from this?

How does that make sense?

I am so tired of people harping moronically on the one and done rule in this manner.

What should happen is that kids should be allowed to declare after high school.  They should be allowed to try out.  If they make it, they become professionals.  If they do not, they should be able to enroll in college, train to become professional sports athletes and try it again in the draft or as a free agent.

But the NCAA is too idiotic [GREEDY] for such a common sense approach and the NBA is not interested in it as the NBA Players Union are only in it to get more athletes on the rolls of agencies.

These kids should have agents from the time that they become marketable.  They should have the advantage of professional counsel.  That is the travesty here.  The NCAA doesn’t want intelligent, well informed athletes committing to their schools.  They want empty headed, easily cowed sheep who will sign any document slapped in front of them.

Most of the problems with Collegiate athletics IS THE NCAA.  It’s not the agents or handlers or posses.  It’s the corrupt NCAA.

Pete Thamel and Pat Forde are NCAA gophers, hooligans and thugs.  Of course, they want the NBA to help out Mark Emmert and other shadow thieves and masterminds of the NCAA Scholarship Slave assembly line that fills their pockets with midas’ gold.

I wonder how much the NCAA pays these guys to do their sniping for them???

Riffing on the NCAA and the NBA Age Restriction

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Why should one go to college?

Is it for the college experience? I’d say that’s the immature reason to go to college.

The reason that folks go to college or any school is to get training or a degree or some type of higher learning to prepare them for some kind of profession.

Basketball is a profession. Sure, it’s a short lived profession.

Nevertheless, it is a profession.

The NCAA should start treating it as such.

Students of the game should be allowed to maximize their instruction time. They should be allowed to learn their chosen profession.

Instead, the NCAA limits instruction in their chosen profession.

It would be like MIT telling mathematics or comp science/programming students that they can only dedicate certain periods/times to the study of mathematics or quantum physics or programming.

It’s all asinine.

If a kid, regardless of his financial situation, can go straight to the NBA out of HS, then they should be allowed to do so.

Kids can go straight to work for Humana or Google or Microsoft out of HS and make a 6 figure salary.

What’s the difference….????

Some kids need a couple more years.

That is where the NBA and the NCAA sit down and make some common sense rules.

A kid makes himself available for the draft. If he is drafted, his pay is deferred until he is evaluated. If he passes muster in the summer league, he stays. If not or if he goes undrafted, he goes back to college. Patrick Patterson could have benefitted from such an eval period. Orton would have. Meeks would have. Many players each year would benefit.

The Summer League and the Draft Process should be treated as an internship.

Legal Students do it. Damn near every other type of student does it.

The only reason that Collegiate Athletes in the Major Sports are given short shrift on this is so that the NCAA can call itself “amateur” and get a tax break. It’s all about the money. It has nothing to do with protecting the game, the sanctity of college sports or the fabled student athlete.

A program of instruction should be developed around each sport. Sports Management type academic program.

It’s not coddling the kids, it’s being realistic.

The way it is now, it’s a colossal waste of time for everyone involved.

While the owners want to do away with the soft salary cap and guaranteed contracts, the players hope to end the age restriction that forbids players from entering the NBA directly out of high school.

“We want to go back to the way it was,” a source from the National Basketball Players Association said. “The players have always been philosophically opposed to it. The vast majority of players feel a player should have the right to make a living. If he has the talent and wants to make money to help his family, he should have that right. It’s just a matter of principle.”

If you read this, let me know what you think?

Jordan Throws a Little Deserved Ridicule at Lebron

It’s about time.

I tire of Lebron.  Dude acts like he deserves accolades and deserves to be respected and loved.

WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP LEBRON!

Then you can have your commercial and say that you’ve “been here before.”

Until then, you’re just a wannabe.

Sorry.

Some argue that Lebron is better than Kobe.  I’d argue that Kobe has 5 rings.  I’m not the biggest Kobe fan on the planet.  He has, however, earned his status with action.  He doesn’t just run his mouth.

Enough with the excuses.  Show us something ‘Bron.  Show us.

I love that you show my Cats the love.  That said, do something besides whining.

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“He’ll never be Jordan,” Barkley told 790 The Ticket in Miami earlier in the week. “This clearly takes him out of the conversation. He can win as much as he wants to.

“There would have been something honorable about staying in Cleveland and trying to win it as ‘The Man’ … LeBron, if he would’ve in Cleveland, and if he could’ve got a championship there, it would have been over the top for his legacy, just one in Cleveland. No matter how many he wins in Miami, it clearly is Dwyane Wade’s team.”

Kentuckys Joe Crawford goes to the Lakers in the 2008 NBA Draft

Joe C got Drafted!

Congratulations to Joe C!

I, for one, give all credit for that to Billy Gillispie and Joe Crawford. Joe was drafted number 58 in the 2nd Round. It’s not guaranteed money. Historically speaking, the odds are against him making a roster. I gotta think that Joe will beat the odds. At the beginning of this season, no one and I mean NO ONE gave Joe C a chance of being in the NBA Draft conversation.

Joe will beat the odds and make his way onto that Lakers roster. Give him a couple of years and this fellow is going to be a starter. I know. I know. IMPOSSIBLE.

Nonsense. Joe is a fighter. And he was given a new lease on basketball life when he bought into what Coach Gillispie was selling. If Joe had benefited from Gillispie as Coach from the beginning of his College career, he would have gone 1st Round. Probably after his Junior year.

Joe came out of HS a McD AA. 3 years of Tubby served as a period of regression and zero discipline. 1 year of Coach G took Joe back to being a true baller. A prospect with a future and potential. As long as Joe stays hungry. He’s been given the tools to be great again.

To all of those LA fans out there. You are getting a tough nosed defender. A guy who can take it to the hole. A guy who can score. Joe stays healthy and drops about 10 to 15 pounds and picks up the speed that being lighter will give him, he’ll be a much better offensive weapon. The dude has been at 85% the past two years and he was still a beast for the Cats.

Joe was injured off and on the past two years. If he stays healthy, he’s gonna be a force in the NBA. He’s got the same potential to make an impact that both Prince and Rondo had. He’s accustomed to the limelight. Those LA stars aren’t going to phase Joe. I don’t think LA is going to be disappointed in this pick.

Congrats again to Joe Crawford and to the Lakers. This will be one move that they won’t regret.

Kentucky and the NBA Draft — Joe Crawford

Another year, another NBA Draft. Another year with no Kentucky players being projected to be drafted.

Neither Joe Crawford nor Ramel Bradley are projected to be drafted. Bradley has no chance. He won’t even get a cup of coffee in the NBA. This will make Tubby fans sad. They are so proud when Tubby Smith “gets’ guys into the NBA in this manner. They literally fall over themselves pointing out that both Erik Daniels and Gerald Fitch spent 5 or ten minutes on an NBA roster.

Joe Crawford may geta late 2nd round draw. If not, he will get a couple of calls for free agency before he has to head to Europe to play ball. I think Joe will get on in the same manner as Chuck Hayes.

OF course, the mindless Tubby drones will all credit Orlando. Saying that he is the reason. Another Tubby recruits gets in the NBA due to Tubby and his excellent development skills. I laugh at the thought.

Joe came out of High School highly regarded. His growth was retarded by Smith. Later, Billy Gillispie accelerated his growth. 4 years under a Coach (Gillispie) who knows how to develop, utilize and SHOWCASE talent and Joe Crawford would be looking at the late First Round and guaranteed money.

The Tubby era saw two Orlando recruits go First Round for the guaranteed money. One was a guy who stayed the course through four years of turmoil and dissent that was not seen even in the Probation years–Tayshaun Prince. Is there anyone who would argue that Prince was not a steal when Detroit swooped him up. Then there was Rondo, more team turmoul and another Draft where a UK player was a steal for a team in the late first round.

I’m hoping those days are over. Patrick Patterson should go high first round. The recruits that Gillispie and his team are bringing in should see UK back in the top of the draft. That in turn will help recruiting. Recruiting is a machine that feeds off of highlight reels and draft potential. If a Coach can get his recruits into the NBA, more and more high talent will fall in line for that Coach. More talent translates to deeper runs in the tourney.

Talent combined with good or great coaching will translate into Championships.

Good Luck in the Draft, Joe. I hope some team sees your skill and talent and picks you up.

Go Cats!