Friday, July 22, 2016

The Answer - Sports, Education, & Corporations. Oh my!

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

Mr. Jalen Rose did not give me permission to post this but as an educator I felt I needed to bring a philosophy to light.  Educational Acts by the leaders in this country can pass, but that is only one aspect of the wheel that needs to role. We need intelligent cooperation between citizens, government departments, and corporations. Sports leaders are now a legitimate spoke in this wheel as a result of an individual +NBA on ESPN player and sports analyst and their are other players in sports that are doing similar acts. Yes, the academy didn't start smooth and on fire, but what institution does? He just did it, and it is growing.
I was born in Detroit within a year or two from Jalen Rose and faced his teammate at the University of Michigan when I was in high school in the final four in the State of Michigan. Jalen was in the upper division and I watched his team win the title in the Palace of Auburn Hills from the stands. Chris Webber was the player I faced and will never forget the fun that run offered.
As a 6th year science teacher and 17 year basketball coach, with a Masters in Educational Leadership Degree, I am going to throw my hat in the ring and I'm going to do it with basketball clinics. How?with my company Coop Basketball. How will I make this work on a teacher's salary. By hard work and a business background and a little help from my friends. Anything is possible, right +Kevin Garnett?
My thoughts and goals/dreams for this venture are not realized yet but the ball is rolling.
If you tell me I can't do it, then; whether it is prudent or not, that means I will never give up.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tim Duncan #1 All-Time and Why for Sports Philosopher Quote of the Day July 12th

In today's versions of the game of basketball, Tim Duncan is the most under-appreciated, underrated player that exists in our time. I've never had more adverse conversations trying to convince a young basketball player why Tim Duncan is the #1 center/forward in the modern era. You can look up his statistic; without overreacting, to see why, but let me tell you outside of the stats, which are indisputable, why he is the greatest.
You don't see his vibrato on social media nor his significant other. Nor do you see him complain about his plot in life or the unfairness of what the game/life ( +Ballislife ) presents. He accepts that life is unfair and like Jordan's quotes on failure teaching how to be successful, Tim Duncan improves and works on it to make him legendary and unmatched by anyone in the game. This does not diminish the accomplishments of other players that tend to be more loquacious and I wish I could have been able to hear Tim speak to his philosophies more often. Other players do utilize the failures and improve their game but the manner in which it was done by Duncan makes him a great man and in the end the accomplishments are important but being a great man ranks higher in my philosophy. I can list the names of those that fit into the great men category in sports and you still may see failure. However, they tend to get off the ground after being knocked down in a way that makes opponents know that when Tim is across the court looking at you he will not back down no matter how much he gets knocked down. ( +NBA on ESPN ) Shaq, Barkley, Iverson, had their own way and have greatness that has brought smiles to my face many times. Like them, Tim Duncan had his own way.
For the young players, he has been dunked on and he recognized that it still is only two points. He has had his shot blocked and he will go after the loose ball and/or hustle back on defense to stop the next play. If no one says it; I will, thank you Tim Duncan ( +SanAntonioSpurs ) and please don't fade away into the sunset. We could all benefit from you and your philosophy.