Gives some good context of Castro and his relationship with Cubans.
I had no idea. This must be fixed, to save the contest. From ESPN LA:
How can the NBA entice superstar players to compete in the slam dunk contest?
Maybe all they need to do is simply ease up on all the league-mandated requirements currently attached to it, said Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin.
“It’s an all-day deal Friday and its most of the day on Saturday and you’re there all night,” Griffin said. “You have to leave the hotel 3-4 hours before and you’re taking pictures and doing all this stuff and guys just want and need a break. It would be great if you could just go out there and [dunk] but that’s not the case. You don’t see all the behind the scenes stuff.”
Griffin said he would be open to competing in the slam dunk contest next year and in the future if that was the only requirement attached to the event so he could also enjoy the rest of the all-star break with his family and friends.
“I would suggest not making it so demanding,” Griffin said. “People think it’s just the dunk contest and you just go out there and dunk but that’s not the case. You have to do the practice Thursday night and Friday and all this stuff.”
Griffin actually said he might have competed in the slam dunk contest had it not been for a condensed schedule and the fact that he was also playing in Friday night’s Rising Stars Challenge.
Do the right thing, Commissioner Stern.
“There are days people want to be a head football coach, but today is not one of those days. As I heard the news this morning, I was first shocked, then hurt and now I’m mad.
“Under my watch, drugs and drug use by TCU’s student-athletes will not be tolerated by me or any member of my coaching staff. Period. Our program is respected nationally for its strong ethics and for that reason the players arrested today were separated from TCU by the University. I believe strongly that young people’s lives are more important than wins or losses.
“This situation isn’t unique to TCU—it is a global issue that we all have to address. This isn’t just about bad decisions made by a small percentage of my team. It is about a bigger issue across this country and world.
“As a coach, I do the best I can to educate members of my team. We have programs in place that teach student-athletes about what they should and shouldn’t do and how to be successful in life. I talk to them about how to be students and upstanding men that uphold the TCU name and its traditions.
“At the end of the day, though, sometimes young people make poor choices. The Horned Frogs are bigger and stronger than those involved.”
Not a good day to be a Horned Frog alum.
Bomani Jones is a stud (watch his facial reactions too…priceless). Someone needs to employ that man, like yesterday. Incredibly intelligent.
Paul Finebaum? Not so much.
ESPN responded by pulling his intro from Monday Night Football.
Great stuff from Hill, please go read the whole thing. It’s excellent. Here’s the best section, from the New York Times:
To hint that those who grew up in a household with a mother and father are somehow less black than those who did not is beyond ridiculous. All of us are extremely proud of the current Duke team, especially Nolan Smith. He was raised by his mother, plays in memory of his late father and carries himself with the pride and confidence that they instilled in him.
The sacrifice, the effort, the education and the friendships I experienced in my four years are cherished. The many Duke graduates I have met around the world are also my “family,” and they are a special group of people. A good education is a privilege.
Just as Jalen has founded a charter school in Michigan, we are expected to use our education to help others, to improve life for those who need our assistance and to use the excellent education we have received to better the world.
A highlight of my time at Duke was getting to know the great John Hope Franklin, John B. Duke Professor of History and the leading scholar of the last century on the total history of African-Americans in this country. His insights and perspectives contributed significantly to my overall development and helped me understand myself, my forefathers and my place in the world.
Ad ingenium faciendum, toward the building of character, is a phrase I recently heard. To me, it is the essence of an educational experience. Struggling, succeeding, trying again and having fun within a nurturing but competitive environment built character in all of us, including every black graduate of Duke.
My mother always says, “You can live without Chaucer and you can live without calculus, but you cannot make it in the wide, wide world without common sense.” As we get older, we understand the importance of these words. Adulthood is nothing but a series of choices: you can say yes or no, but you cannot avoid saying one or the other. In the end, those who are successful are those who adjust and adapt to the decisions they have made and make the best of them.
I caution my fabulous five friends to avoid stereotyping me and others they do not know in much the same way so many people stereotyped them back then for their appearance and swagger. I wish for you the restoration of the bond that made you friends, brothers and icons.
Grant Hill, still kicking the Fab Five’s collective ass, to this day!
[New York Times]