Two documentaries I saw recently got me thinking a lot about teaching, even though neither focuses on education: "Amy," about acclaimed British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse, who died in 2011, and "Iverson," about 11-time NBA all-star and 2000-2001 Most Valuable Player, Allen Iverson.
I have a bubble in my eye. My doctor jokes that I can use it to make sure the photos on the wall are level. He tells me that, eventually, it will...
These critiques of athletes are not new. They have been articulated for years, in barbershops, bars, social media, various articles and blogs, by the everyday fan to the most celebrated scholars. But many still are misguided and inaccurate.
Though there were constant rumblings of his missing practice, having a "thug attitude" and being uncooperative with coaches, to fans, when Allen "The Answer" Iverson was on the court and flashed that smile, you knew he was doing his favorite thing in the world
With one unforgettable motion, Iverson quite literally and emphatically stepped over the fallen Lue and silenced the adjacent Lakers bench with a single glance. Broadcasters Marv Albert and Doug Collins could be heard oohing and aahing with exhilaration at Iverson's display.
An NBA team can't win with Iguodala, a third-option on offense, making more than $10-12 million tops. It's simply not possible. The numbers just don't add up.
Even though Iverson was born in Virginia, he's a native son of Philadelphia and has given hope to troubled individuals that walk a similar path as the star guard.
Allen Iverson is an all-time great -- but can he actually get on an NBA roster and help a team win ball games, and perhaps that elusive NBA championship?
"I always try to make stuff that affects me and I think that if given the chance, a lot of music that doesn't seem like the formula of what might be a hit would be more popular. There's a lot of great music that doesn't sound like whatever. Everything sounds very dance-y now."
What does an "American parent" look like?
I recently spoke with Hoop Dreams director Steve James about his new film, his involvement in the ESPN series "30 by 30," and why his films tend to focus on the sports world.
As you probably heard, Rafael Nadal is just the 7th man in tennis history to win all four major tennis tournaments. Think about that. John McEnroe never did it. Pete Sampras never did either.
Steve James, director of the new film No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson on ESPN, stopped by The Interview Show.
In the next few days and weeks we are going to be titillated with numerous stories of the devastation being suffered by Allen Iverson and his family because of his gambling and drinking.
Allen Iverson unraveled last week. His wife filed for divorce, the 76ers relieved him of his duties, his drinking problem was exposed, and like others -- like me -- gambling claimed his soul. But this isn't just last week's news; it's an opportunity.
The truth is that the traditional currency of a player's value, the win, is fairly unimportant.