NBA Basketball

What’s a Coach to Do? Teach Ethics!

Stan Van Gundy

News flash: star players are treated differently than bench sitters. If we have surprised you with that observation, please let us know. In fact, we have a bridge we’d like to sell you along with a classic Ford Pinto and a case of White Coke. As for the news flash, no matter your game of choice, the star player almost always gets star treatment. Is it fair? Depends of course; always depends, and we’re not talking adult diapers. Teams and leagues often peg their status to the exceptional human beings who […]

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Sports Ethics: Carmelo Wants to Choose the Coach

Carmelo

We read about it just today. Carmelo Anthony wants to have a hand in choosing the next coach for the New York Knicks. Now before going any further, I will acknowledge that the NBA is unlike any other sports scenario. There are so few players, there are relatively few teams and then there’s the money. Lots and lots of it. The star players are wealthy. They live in wealth, spend that wealth and have luxuries that few of us have ever experienced. Carmelo Anthony is one of those guys. He […]

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Price of Patriotism? About $10 Million

Giant Flag

Apparently, there is a price placed on patriotism. With apologies to all my veteran brothers and sisters, our beloved Defense Department forked over about $10 million (and possibly as much as $12 million) to the NFL, MLB and NBA teams to put on patriotic displays. Our same Defense Department who cannot ever seem to improve active duty or veteran’s benefits, spent money at the ball parks to stimulate patriotic fervor. To compound “this joke,” the leagues and teams took the money. According to CNN Money (November 5, 2015): “Among the […]

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At the Precipice of the Lamar Odom Blame Game

Lamar Odom

A very long time ago, moving between careers, my decision was to become an EMT for the City of New York. I worked on the streets as an EMT and then unwisely – or wisely, I went back to school full-time to become a paramedic. My territory was primarily Harlem and Spanish Harlem. However owing to the fact that Manhattan is a place where the have’s, have-not’s and all those in-between are within feet or buildings of one another, there was never a typical evening nor a typical patient nor […]

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Did We Make Larry Brown or Did He Make Us?

It is a simple enough question, made even more bittersweet by the fact that his latest sanction has occurred at SMU; a school with a tragic history, albeit football rather than basketball. Now SMU has been banned from any possibility of tournament play in 2016 and Coach Larry Brown has been suspended for nine games. They have also lost nine scholarship slots as well. Writers and analysts, including Dick Vitale are asking if it is time for Coach Brown to hang up his whistle and clipboard and head off into […]

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Vin Baker: When the Entourage Disappears

When the entourage disappears sometimes all we have left are our ethics and our beliefs. If you are one of those who loves statistics, here’s a few for you in regard to Vin Baker: In a career spanning 1993 to 2006, he scored nearly 12,000 points; he averaged about 15 points per game and he went to four consecutive all-star games. Here’s a couple more numbers: he had a 10,000 square foot home that was taken from him, and he lost $100 million due to bad choices including alcoholism, a […]

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Who Cares About a Player When They Are “Gone?”

In 2009, Sports Illustrated arrived at the statistic that 78 percent of all professional football players declare bankruptcy within a 24 month period. The statistic has been proven to be false. In April 2015, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) re-worked the numbers and found that it was more like 1.9 percent of players go bankrupt after two years, and after 12 years, it is closer to 16 percent. This news is not cause for cheering and celebration. Jordan Weissmann, writing for Slate.com (April 13, 2015) pointed out a […]

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Have we become afraid to speak?

Danny Ferry

Words have power. I get that. Words have meaning, and I get that too. However, not all of us always say things the right way. In fact, none of us. I am standing by that. I am standing by the statement that sooner or later, every one of us (and that includes you, you and you) will mean to say something one way and it will come out the wrong way. That’s life. In the context of the above, I really don’t like two things: I don’t like people who […]

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Leagues Apart: NBA suspends Hornets’ Jeffery Taylor

Jeffrey Taylor

Maybe Jeffery Taylor thought he was playing in the pre-Ray Rice era NFL. He’s not. He’s a professional basketball player playing for the NBA. More specifically, he is playing for a league headed by a fair, and even-keeled commissioner. Adam Silver does not put up with a lot of crap, nor should he. USA TODAY writer Jeff Zillgitt has just reported (November 20, 2014) in an article entitled: “NBA suspends Hornets’ Jeffery Taylor 24 games,” that forward Jeffery Taylor must not only miss the games without pay, he must get […]

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NBPA Chief Taking NBA Owners to Task

Michelle Roberts

How much should you be entitled to make? Your answer might be, “As much as I can.” I wouldn’t fault you for that. Providing you’re not planning on robbing a bank or committing fraud, I would tell you that if you want to make a lot of money, go right ahead and be the best you can be at whatever it is that you’re good at doing. Let’s fast forward to 10 years from now and you’ve worked your tail off to be the best that you can be; in […]

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