My mother locked me out of the house everyday to practice and develop my skills on the court. Without knowing it, this was my first life lesson on setting long-term goals and overcoming obstacles to achieve a dream.
While the comparisons to Carmelo Anthony may be overplayed, they aren't exaggerated. Parker doesn't possess Anthony's hyper-explosive element in his own game, but he's so smart, skilled and unselfish that it doesn't matter. I would argue that he's already a better passer than Anthony, not to mention a more committed defender.
Another fall weekend means more opportunities NOT to leave that couch of yours. With Thanksgiving getting closer and your fantasy football teams in mid-season form, let's dive into the NFL. But don't forget about the college kids! And I'm not just talking about the gridiron. Friday night ESPN3 will air the beginning of the Andrew Wiggins era at the University of Kansas.
by Ian Batts Two friends became enemies. Eric claimed I fouled him in a basketball game during recess. He pushed me. I pushed back. Blows followed....
I'm not saying we should be paying athletes $5,000 or even $10,000 per semester. If each athlete got $2,000 paid over the course of the semester, this would give them some spending cash and an opportunity to start managing their money.
Over the past three months, more than 700 violent crimes have occurred in the neighborhoods around Simeon. The coaching staff shelters the players and keeps them focused on basketball.
It's completely ludicrous to say, "NCAA student-athletes should be paid because schools and the NCAA profit off of them while the kids don't get paid," without considering the thousands of student-athletes who aren't worth a cent to their respective institution of higher education.
While sweating it out on Selection Sunday, La Salle was in the play in game as a 12th seed taking on Boise State in Dayton. The Explorers would get through them, and then they had to take on the 5th seed in the Kansas State Wildcats in Kansas City.
Why does an organization formed when the idea of paying money to attend a sporting event was in its infancy still operate under the same (now completely out-of-context) model?
It was sixteen summers ago. I had just had my first child and was working my way back into my job with NBC sports. Baby in tow, I travelled to the NBA Finals with bottles, stroller and crib, chronicling Michael Jordan's heyday while just beginning to comprehend the delicate balance of work and motherhood.
Fifty years ago, a landmark basketball game exposed racist attitudes and helped spark a path toward progress. Universities helped bring change, and campus leaders today must remember our important role in continuing to be on the right side of history.
As an intern in the sports department, the youngest of all my colleagues, I was given the task to travel to the NBA Draft and give live coverage of the event. It was as if my editors knew my birthday (November 18th for those wondering) was too far away. So instead they gave me my gift a few months in advance.
Far too many college basketball players, especially players of color, leave college without an NBA contract and without another crucial ingredient for success: a college degree.
The irony of these allegations is that as a graduate student in education and sport I am acutely aware of the importance of academics in the lives of athletes. As a coach I made it my mission to educate and guide my student athletes' academic lives.
The bold move of hiring Julie Hermann as the new athletic director of Rutgers University signaled an important recognition in the sports world: not only can women do a 'man's job', but a female touch may be just what that world needs.
College athletics, as it intersects with the educational and life outcomes of black male athletes, is in crisis. This crisis is evident in many ways, including the prevalence of once-aspiring professional black male athletes who end up with no degree, few job prospects, and used-up eligibility.