Miami Heat basketball fans got some pretty bad news this week, as General Manager Pat Riley announced that Chris Bosh's career was likely over due to recurring blood clots that sidelined him for much of last season.
Bosh, who was part of the Big Three along with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, was the last remaining member of that championship-winning triumvirate — with James returning to Cleveland two years ago and Wade now back in his hometown playing for the Chicago Bulls.
Though he has been ridiculed by cynical basketball fans, some of which couldn't take two dribbles without kicking the ball out of bounds, Bosh is a surefire Hall of Famer and one of the most versatile power forwards in the history of the game.
An All-American at Lincoln High School in Dallas, Bosh would become the first freshman in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference to lead the conference in field goal percentage since Antwan Jamison did so with North Carolina Tar Heels in 1996 . The lanky, smooth forward was hard to define, standing nearly seven feet tall while possessing the skills to attack bigger players off the dribble, post up smaller players and shoot with consistency from behind the arc.
Some derided his appearance as being similar to that of the Raptors' mascot, a predatory dinosaur. Drafted out of Georgia Tech with the fourth overall pick in the NBA draft behind LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade in 2003, Bosh would become the face of a Toronto Raptors franchise that was listing after the departure of Vince Carter.
He averaged 11.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game as a rookie, but would really turn it up after departure of Vinsanity. He put up 23 points, nine rebounds and three assists per game in a 2006 season that ended for him in March after an injury.
The following season he would help Toronto claim the crown in the Atlantic Division. After years of being criticized for not taking teams that were full of bad draft picks and veteran NBA castaways futther, Bosh signed to play for the Miami Heat in 2010 in order to go deep in the playoffs and earn championships. He was the Toronto Raptors all-time leader in points, rebounds and blocks upon his departure to South Beach.
The Miami Heat would make it to the championship to face the Dallas Mavericks, led by Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry and an aging Jason Kidd. Though Bosh's numbers were admirable, they would lose to the Mavs in six.
He was visibly despondent after the loss, and prognosticators speculated that head coach Erik Spoelstra was not allowing him to use the full array of his abilities, basically making him little more than a spot-up shooter in the Heat offense.
Miami would return to the NBA Finals the following season and defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder in resounding fashion, despite Bosh's scoring taking a dip well below his season average.
Again, folks began running their mouths, questioning whether Bosh was a good fit offensively despite winning the c'hip. Creating spacing and driving lanes for Dwyane Wade and LeBron James with his accurate long-range jumper meant Bosh would be facing the basket and on the perimeter more often than not.
But some fans were blaming this on Bosh and not on team scheme. The following season, the Heat would reach the NBA Finals again, their third in a row, and bested the San Antonio Spurs in a seesaw, blood and guts seven-game series.
Despite the victory, Bosh's numbers would decrease yet again. But people weren't seeing how much he was sacrificing and how much of a team player he had become. Even when his shot wasn't falling, the lanky power forward with guard skills was still a stalwart defender and very capable rebounder.
But people don't like the blood and guts intangibles that are necessary to win titles. Ill-informed fans only see the box score. But true ball players knew what was up.
The Heat would return to the Finals for the last time in the Big Three era, but would lose to the revamped Spurs in five games. During the 2014-15 season, and following the departure of James, Chris Bosh would start the season off looking like the vintage version of himself in averaging 22 points, eight boards and two assists before being briefly sidelined in December 2014 with a strained calf.
Following the 2015 NBA All-Star game, he was hospitalized due to a blood clot on one of his lungs and didn't play for the rest of the season. He returned the following season and was back with the urgency of someone who'd left his wallet.
Voted to play in the 2016 NBA All-Star game, he would once again sit out and it was later revealed he had a blood clot in his leg.
Over the summer, Chris Bosh was very optimistic about returning to the game he loves. However a failed physical exam with the Heat meant he could not be cleared to participate in training camp.
Additional clotting meant the Heat had no choice but to do something that Bosh was very reluctant to do. Miami announced today that his career was over with the franchise.
Misunderstood for lacking both temperament and fire, Chris Bosh's legacy is cemented and the 32-year-old undoubtedly will find himself a first ballot Hall of Famer.
Through the disrespectful banter from cable sports network talking heads, Chris has proven himself to be a great teammate, humanitarian and human being. We wish him the best.
An 11-time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA champion, Chris Bosh deserved a whole lot more respect than he actually got, but he didn't beg for your admiration.
His game spoke for itself.
This piece was originally published on The Shadow League.
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I've been playing NBA 2K and other 2K sports titles since I was a wee lad. And in my opinion, the NFL 2K series were the best football games ever made. Mostly because Madden is hot garbage and anybody that knows anything about sports simulators has to agree. But, I digress.
Even at my most athletic I was a football player. And even more specifically, I was a lineman. The art of the blacktop was lost on the boy. I was trash in pick up games. My basketball career started and ended on the 8th grade middle school team. I was the only kid on the floor the whole game who never scored. But although I couldn't win on the court, I could always run anybody off the sticks. It was just my calling in life.
And NBA 2k17 is dedicated to making sure I get my star ball player experience.
Two words – motion capture. Every single jumper, dribble move, passing mechanic, defensive maneuver all in the computer, animated for us. The 2K team killed it this year. There was a lot of talk about last year's game having animation problems. Those are gone. The dribbling especially is on another level in 2K17. The days of swiping the stick left or right and getting an instant crossover animation are over. Every combo that your heart desires has to be linked up manually. This is the year that fakes will get exposed. I hope you're practicing.
Plus, MyPlayer is better than ever.
And it has a co-star, too – Michael B. Jordan. Last year's storyline was not the best. But it seems like 17 is a return to form. Even the player customization mechanics have been reworked for a more realistic feel. In the prelude, you choose what college to attend and play through moments in a freshman season. And now that the full game has dropped, you hop right into the draft and an NBA career. Mike is a teammate that you develop a chemistry with on and off the court. And it gives you some serious Steph Curry/Klay Thompson type dynamic duo vibes to play with.
But the celebrations are by far my favorite part.
THE MOST LIT CELEBRATIONS OF #NBA2K17 (part 1) pic.twitter.com/HElUkp4x1d
— The Splash Squad (@splashsquad24) September 9, 2016
The 2K team has always done a pretty good job of keeping the finger on the pulse of what's happening in the NBA and ball culture in general. But this year they took it to a whole other level.
The brought in Meechi & Toosi to turn up on the motion capture.
Blessed to be a part of NBA 2k17. They had me and my bro @shelovesmeechie do the dance animations this year. ..Now everybody can have the HITS ! Thank You @ronnie2k #NBA2k17
A photo posted by Toosi (@therealyvngquan) on Sep 9, 2016 at 9:57am PDT
And because of it, we are blessed with the most lit player celebrations in the history of basketball video games. What more could you really ask for? All in all, 2K17 is the most solid experience I've ever had in virtual NBA career. And I'm almost afraid of what they dare to do next. Hats off to the entire dev team. And my sympathies to all of the significant others out there missing out on goodnight texts and ignored calls due to 2k17. #BallisLife.
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Carmelo Anthony is returning to the states with not one, not two, but three gold medals for his stellar repeat performances at the Olympics. This puts him in a league all his own, becoming the first men's basketball player to win gold three times. During his fourth visit to the Olympics, Melo pulled out record-breaking performances in Rio as he now holds the title of Team USA's all-time leading scorer in Olympic history.
Following Team USA's 96-66 blowout victory over Serbia Sunday, Melo reflected on his historic accomplishment saying in a post-game interview, "This is it for me".
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Team USA had a pretty tough opponent Wednesday night. As the men's basketball team took on Australia, it was clear that the Aussies weren't going to let them get an easy win. Australia had the lead at halftime, with 54-49. In the second half when Knicks player, Carmelo Anthony, shined and showed why he was a pick for Team USA.
In his fourth Olympic game appearance, Anthony dropped nine three-pointers bringing him to 31 points scored during the game. Thanks to his dynamic performance on the court,http://www.nola.com/olympics/index.ssf/2016/08/rio_2016_carmelo_anthony_most.html#incart_m-rpt-2" target="_blank"> Melo is now Team USA's all-time leading scorer in Olympic history.
Prior to Wednesday's game, Lebron James held the record. This isn't the only Olympic games milestone for Anthony. He is also second most all-time Olympic rebounder and holds the record for scoring more than 30 points in an Olympic game.
Twitter rallied around Melo to celebrate his record-breaking achievement
Give the ball to Melo and get out the way— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) August 10, 2016
@carmeloanthony is the best international player of all time!— Tyson Chandler (@tysonchandler) August 10, 2016
Congratulations, @carmeloanthony #USA #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/Y75pHzDhQs— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 10, 2016
ICYMI: Carmelo Anthony rewrote the history book last night vs. Australia.Anthony: 31 Pts, 8 Reb, 9-15 3Pt FG pic.twitter.com/MgWi7ge8YN— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) August 11, 2016
Congratulations to Carmelo Anthony and Team USA! Good luck on bringing home the Gold.
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The United States Men's Basketball team is off to a hot start opening the 2016 Rio Olympics with a 119-62 victory over China. Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony led the way, bringing back their power from the 2012 London Olympics gold-medal team. KD contributed 25 points and six assists coupled with Melo's nine points and seven rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins put up 17 points and five rebounds. The high-flying antics came from DeMar DeRozan and his two insane dunks.
Before Saturday, six players on the Team USA Rio roster had not played in an official international game. DeAndre Jordan, being one of them, came through scoring seven points and making three of 10 free throws.
.@deandrejordan6 Olympic debut - 7 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 3/10 FT, 13 minutes
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) August 7, 2016
Sunday afternoon, USA Basketball shared this video to Twitter showing off Jordan's skills.
The bank is open on Sunday for @deandrejordan6! #USABMNT #Rio2016 https://t.co/ZJBFdSGT2Y
— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 7, 2016
Pretty nice, right?
Twitter responded to the video with the same question in several variations.
He can hit this but air ball a free throw @deandrejordan6 https://t.co/IDyhNF6puz
— Cameron Lagunas (@powercam35) August 7, 2016
@usabasketball @deandrejordan6 so he can make that and not make free throws?— AdamTheCavsFan23 (@originalswaggya) August 7, 2016
So DeAndre Jordan can make a shot from the bench but can't make a free throw? #NBA
— Paul Fancy (@PFancy) August 7, 2016
@deandrejordan6 How can you make that but cannot make a free throw to save your life https://t.co/Ti4NbYGjl2
— Tre Lee (@tre_lee97) August 7, 2016
@usabasketball @NBA @deandrejordan6 He hits that but can't hit any free throws!— Troy White (@TroyWhite9) August 7, 2016
@usabasketball @NBA @deandrejordan6 yet he can't shoot free throws
— Joshua Julian (@joshuajulian46) August 8, 2016
@usabasketball @NBA @deandrejordan6 you can do that but you can't shoot a free throw to save your life smhhhhhh— Eddie Muñoz (@EddieNoChill) August 7, 2016
DeAndre Jordan is so tragic on the free throw line
— nani (@cuhrrueche) August 7, 2016
@usabasketball @NBA @deandrejordan6 HOW DOES HE NOT MAKE FREE THROWS?!?
— Blackz (@OJ_Black) August 7, 2016
@usabasketball @NBA @deandrejordan6 But he can't make free throws.
— T² (@TonyHomie206) August 7, 2016
@deandrejordan6 how come you can make a half shot sitting down but you cant make a free throw You made me make a new account just for this
— Justin Espinosa (@yg_quince15) August 8, 2016
He'll get another shot, though. The U.S. Men's Basketball team takes on Venezuela Monday night at 6:00 pm/ET.
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The fines that the WNBA placed on the Indiana Fever, New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury teams and players for breaking uniform rules by wearing black warm-up shirts has now been rescinded.
Last week, the players conducted a media blackout in response to the fines where they refused to talk about basketball and told the media they could ask questions about anything going on in society.
WNBA President Lisa Borders released the following statement regarding the fines:
“All of us at the WNBA have the utmost respect and appreciation for our players expressing themselves on matters important to them. While we expect players to comply with league rules and uniform guidelines, we also understand their desire to use their platform to address important societal issues. Given that the league will now be suspending play until August 26th for the Olympics, we plan to use this time to work with our players and their union on ways for the players to make their views known to their fans and the public and we have informed the players that we are rescinding the recently-imposed fines.”
Appreciate our players expressing themselves on matters important to them. Rescinding imposed fines to show them even more support.
— WNBAPrez (@WNBAPrez) July 23, 2016
The WNBA came under criticism for the fines, especially since the many NBA players have done similar things. “I don’t see why there would be a reason for those ladies to get fined,” New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony said as reported by The Washington Post. "Everybody has freedom of speech. This is a platform right now where everyone is affected and everyone shows their frustrations in different ways.”
Following the decision to rescind the fines, Tina Charles posted to her Instagram page about continuing to be a voice in the community.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. Thank You @wnbaprez for rescinding the fines. Although this is only phase one, we are looking forward to the support and exploring ways to make a difference in the African-American community, given our platform, and continuing to be a voice to those who are marginalized in our society .
A photo posted by Tina Charles (@tina31charles) on Jul 23, 2016 at 4:14pm PDT
"Progress is impossible without change," she said. "And those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything."
“We commend Lisa Borders for recognizing how the players of the WNBA felt and the sensitive time that we’re living in and being willing to re-evaluate their decision,” New York Liberty President Isiah Thomas said. “We are also very proud of our players the world is seeing what we already knew. They’re truly incredible, thoughtful and talented individuals. Our league, our partners and our society are better because of our players’ willingness to enter the political and social activism arena.”
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Kevin Durant's surprising decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors set off a sea of explosive reactions, most appropriately on July Fourth. What a way to exercise freedom on Independence Day. Durant broke the news about the tough decision to leave the OKC Thunder by writing about the experience in The Players' Tribune with a post titled, "My Next Chapter".
In the essay, Durant described the emotional journey writing in the opening line, "This has been by far the most challenging few weeks in my professional life."
"I will miss Oklahoma City, and the role I have had in building this remarkable team. I will forever cherish the relationships within the organization — the friends and teammates that I went to war with on the court for nine years, and all the fans and people of the community. They have always had my back unconditionally, and I cannot be more grateful for what they have meant to my family and to me."
The deal becomes official Thursday when free agents sign their new contracts.
Kevin Durant agrees to 2-year, $54.3M deal with @warriors (2nd year - player option) pic.twitter.com/jbcuR5BuEJ
— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 4, 2016
Pretty classy, Kev. He opted for the transparent route out of respect for his teammates and longtime fans. Seriously, KD could have easily let the ink dry and not said a word publicly until preseason workouts. Through his authentic message, you would think the public would leave well enough alone.
OKC fans resorted to arson because that solves problems.
honestly... the jerseys are so ugly you don't need an excuse to burn them. https://t.co/rnNLFsK61j
— Casey Campbell (@caseybannerman) July 4, 2016
@KDTrey5 smh made me burn my only jersey.😢 pic.twitter.com/aylN2fA1dC
— Ty (@tmed22) July 4, 2016
Y'all dumb asf if you think I'm about to burn a jersey. 😤 pic.twitter.com/8JARnZ8qwf
— Keith Drapeau (@KDTrey00) July 4, 2016
There was also the passive-aggressive route.
OKC fans ain't playing with KD no more...they ain't even burn his jersey fam jus gave it back🙃🙃 pic.twitter.com/uSEEo1fOAp
— Respek My Name (@papajudah_) July 4, 2016
Fans weren't the only ones disappointed. Stephen A. Smith executed the best Stephen A. Smith temper tantrum to date.
Don't give a damn what anyone says: weak move by KD. You go to GSW, the team who beat you, when you're already on a title contender? Please!
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) July 4, 2016
Stephen A Smith has the answers. pic.twitter.com/ELVrH8VVPQ
— Nick (@NickTheBullsFan) July 4, 2016
I heard my friend @stephenasmith call it the weakest move ever by a superstar. FWIW, I never disrespected SA when he left Philly Inquirer.
— Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) July 4, 2016
.@KDTrey5 winning a title with GSW would be like losing your virginity to a hooker. Congrats! #legacy
— Andrew Heaney (@Heandog8) July 4, 2016
This means the Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant love story is over.
LMAO 😂😂😂😂 #kevindurant #russellwestbrook pic.twitter.com/hQMEJKid9j
— TheColi.com (@THE_COLI) July 4, 2016
Why are ya'll like this?
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have broken up.https://t.co/KV7Sz6ovfS
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 4, 2016
OKC 😂 pic.twitter.com/jFs7PdZi8Y
— Josh (@Dynamitejimi) July 4, 2016
As of now, GSW fans seem to be the only people not complaining...for now.
The Bay LIT af right now 😂 pic.twitter.com/vWGaha6u5Q
— TheColi.com (@THE_COLI) July 4, 2016
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30 years ago, on June 19, 1986, one of the greatest basketball players who never competed in the NBA died: Len Bias. He succumbed to a cocaine overdose two days after he was selected as the second overall pick in the NBA draft by the Boston Celtics. He met his maker a couple of months before I was born. He played basketball at the University of Maryland, College Park, which is just a few minutes away from where I would eventually go to elementary school. Even though our paths never crossed, I have long been fascinated by the trajectories of his leaps, life and legacy. In particular, Bias was powerless to tell his life story, and a pernicious prescription was instead written in his name for a national public health issue. Tragically, the silence of Bias’ voice was used to intensify the inhumane "war on drugs", which continues to this day.
I'm not sure when I first heard or read about Len Bias, but I know that his name was often mentioned in the same breath or on the same page as Michael Jordan. He was supposed to join Larry Bird and help the defending champion Boston Celtics add to their already jaw-dropping legacy.
Unfortunately, reality has its lips sealed as to Bias’ potential basketball rivalries because the dynasty of cocaine dramatically altered the way that we remember NBA last names.
On his back, Bias carried into the mainstream the dangers of a plague that can make people flirt with their final four hours even before they ever reach their sweet sixteens.
Sadly, Bias lost his battle with the primary opponent of his greatness, and he was unable to treat his biography as a living, breathing document which he could personally adapt to his evolution as a player and a man. Thus, as is the case with many individuals who died too soon, the story of Len Bias is full of hypotheticals.
Because Bias would have been in his prime in 1992, basketball fans may wonder what it would have looked like if Larry Bird had given Bias an alley-oop pass on a Dream Team fast break during the Summer Olympics that year. Because Bias was going to endorse Reebok, economists may wonder how much wealth Bias could have accumulated if he had became an iconic brand like Air Jordan. Because Bias was from Prince George’s County, Maryland like myself, I specifically wonder what type of impact Bias might have had if he had decided to spearhead an initiative similar to the LeBron James Family Foundation-University of Akron partnership and thereby helped thousands of local low-income students attend the University of Maryland, College Park. Additionally, because Bias was unable to survive his drug use, some might also wonder what types of drug policies a sober Bias might have advocated for in hindsight.
Looking back at what actually took place, the absence of Bias’s voice was translated into a harsh law that has wrecked havoc on people in the D.C. area, which Bias called home, and myriad other communities throughout the nation. Bias’s death was used as fuel for the passage of the federal Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, a.k.a. 'The Len Bias Law.' Thus, instead of trying to address the poverty that leads many human beings to deal drugs as a source of income and/or use drugs as a means of coping with pain, mandatory minimum sentences were used as decade-seeking missiles in the war on drugs.
Essentially throwing people away, especially people of color, does little to defeat the drugs that can rob NBA teams of their stars, parents of their sons, and human beings of their own dreams. This seems especially clear in light of the questionable motivations of the war on drugs and the more compassionate, treatment-driven response to the current heroin epidemic.
If we really want to honor Len Bias, the man who was never able to take a walk in his own shoes because of drugs, then perhaps we should address the crippling lack of opportunities that props up much of the drug trade in the first place.
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On Monday, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team was unveiled on social media but, a few kids in Harlem had the chance to be a part of the live reveal and were surprised when they had the chance to meet the team in person.
True shock and awe can be seen and heard coming from the priceless reactions of these very lucky preteens.
The aftershock of four young boys whose reactions to seeing some of their favorite players in the flesh gave true meaning to the phrase, "it's lit." They were literally jumping for joy, with one saying, "If I see Melo, I'm gonna cry. I'm gonna cry," and another exclaiming "If I see Melo, I'm gonna give him a hug."
When you meet the @usabasketball #USABMNT! #ThisIsWhyWePlay #Unite pic.twitter.com/Ee32vavoht
— NBA (@NBA) June 27, 2016
As they bounce basketballs and emphatically explain how incredible it was to see players like Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, you can't help but smile and revel in the happiness with them. This is definitely an incredible memory that these boys will remember for the rest of their lives. Maybe one day, they'll have the chance to meet the other players mentioned in the video. If they do, we imagine those reactions may look something like this..
What celebrity would make you have the same reaction as these boys, if you met them? Share your picks in the comments.
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WNBA player Skylar Diggins isn't only making moves on the court! Soon, she will join the ranks of athletes featured in Sean Jensen's Middle School Rules book series. Diggins is the first black female athlete to join the series.
The author of the series, Sean Jensen, created the books to help young, aspiring professional athletes survive the challenges of growing up and sometimes not being "good enough." The Middle School Rules website reads, "before they could thrive, they had to survive," nodding at the fact that success doesn't come easily. This is also echoed in the slogan,"Real life. Real lessons. Real inspiration." With Skylar Diggins' installment, she hopes to help young students cope with bullying.
Diggins announced the collaboration via Twitter.
Thrilled to announce my new @midschoolrules book! Get yours! Available 7/1–preorder here: https://t.co/KVCK3Yq1CA pic.twitter.com/AGi0AToGKi
— Skylar Diggins (@SkyDigg4) June 28, 2016
According to the description on Amazon, "young readers will learn how Skylar dealt with bullying, struggled to fit in at school, and figured out how to excel in basketball despite never being the tallest, strongest or fastest player."
Twitter is already swelling with praises of Diggins' book.
This is why your my idol. It's so much more then basketball. Love ya sky! ❤️📚 https://t.co/cOx8c22lQm
— Kat (@kitkat_baller) June 28, 2016
Making moves in life. I love it, Sky! https://t.co/PDzDiSp0YY
— MARYE WEST (@Mareeziscool) June 28, 2016
I think I'm gonna get this for my cousin who's in elementary. Gotta support #TheNewHomeTeam and SkyDiggy! https://t.co/R2nvlrlVMQ
— Wunderkind (@SHADMILLER13) June 28, 2016
The Middle School Rules of Skylar Diggins is currently available for pre-order and will officially be released on Friday, July 1st. It can be purchased on Amazon.
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Charlotte Hornets owner and basketball legend Michael Jordan recently unveiled a $500,000 investment in charities working with literacy. In addition to serving as cash for charities, the money will include the cost of building and stocking 18 libraries with books at child care centers and community centers serving children in low-income neighborhoods. These organizations include the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library Foundation, Freedom School Partners, Child Care Resources Inc., and CrossRoads Corp.
“He’s a local celebrity who can give to a lot of causes, but when he chooses to give to early literacy, it puts a face on the issue,” Carolyn Hazeldine of Child Care Resources Inc. told the Charlotte Observer. “It tells people in the community that this is important.”
“When I took over majority control of the team, one of the biggest impacts I wanted ... was to reconnect back to the community,” Jordan told volunteers gathered for the Hornets' annual day of community service. “I felt that connection was lost a little bit with the previous ownership, and I felt it was very important.”
According to the Charlotte Observer, Jordan and the Hornets have "given away more than $3 million for causes related to education, hunger, wellness and the military" since Jordan took majority ownership of the team.
“Six years later, here we are. ... I am very proud of the commitment of the organization to the community. ... My dedication, my drive, is to continue to connect with this community,” Jordan said.
Three of the libraries will hold 1,500 books each. The other 15 will hold 500 books each.
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A Chappelle Show skit called Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories set the world ablaze with rumors about Prince's epic skills on the court.
As it turns out, Charlie Murphy was not just spinning a tale for laughs. This picture has surfaced of Prince looking down over a young Charlie Murphy with his arms raised in victory after, allegedly, breaking his ankles several times (at least in my mind) and possibly posterizing him in front of all his friends. What I can only assume came afterwards was an Allen Iverson stepping over Tyron Lue type moment (real ball fans know what I'm talking about).
Rare photo of Prince standing over Charlie Murphy after a game of bball. Chapelle show fans will understand.. pic.twitter.com/131JoJni2z
— DJ Akademiks (@IamAkademiks) April 26, 2016
Upon further digging, Prince was not new to this. In fact, before he decided that music was the career path for him, he played for his high school team because ball is life. Minneapolis newspaperman Libor Jany found these gems in the records of Prince's hoop dream escapades as a young lad. (The images in these tweets were originally reported for the Star Tribune by Jon Bream.)
Another Prince-related clip from the Strib archives, looking back at his hooping days at Bryant Junior High. pic.twitter.com/LrIQZ3LhSg
— Libor Jany (@StribJany) March 3, 2015
From the Strib archives: Chappelle was right. pic.twitter.com/icXBFGWkij
— Libor Jany (@StribJany) March 3, 2015
Now that all of this information is available to us, it's much more probable to believe Charlie Murphy's story (although, I never doubted it for a second), and just another one of many reasons we will miss the legend that is Prince. It's a shame that he never came out to play in the celebrity All-Star game. I'm almost sure he would hold the scoring record to this very day. But we can always enjoy the Charlie Murphy Chappelle Show version and imagine. (Also, I bet those pancakes were fire.)
What do you think about Prince's less thank well known sports career? Let us know in the comments.
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