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.
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.
The ABL is the first professional basketball league in the United States to play FIBA rules with the aim of placing players on teams of international professional leagues. And there is no shortage of talent in the new league.
Isiah Thomas is trying hard to understand what's going on in Chicago as it relates to the escalating violence that has taken the lives of so many young people in some of Chicago's deadliest neighborhoods.
The Basketball Tournament for Peace served as a good example of how professional athletes can help bring young people together and begin the process of bridging the gap between the different groups of warring young men.
Mary Thomas is a beacon, a benchmark, and a trailblazer for women known and unknown. She represents the power of love, family, and community. As Dr. King reminded us, "Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve."
How great was that? Bubba Watson pulling off a wacky shot from the woods and then breaking down in tears after winning the Masters. It was a sports moment that will be forever stored in our memory banks.
The deal is done. Carmelo Anthony is headed to the Knicks. It's a three-team deal including Denver and Minnesota. Lotsa players and draft choices are involved. The downside: the Knicks gave up too much.
With Thomas back in the front office of the Knicks, it might be appropriate to recall one of the most bitter and sensitive moments of Thomas' career. It is one of the most vivid memories of my sports reporting.