CHASING RINGS: HOW THE NBA HAS BECOME LESS ENTERTAINING SINCE PLAYER TEAM JUMPS

Orange Basketball Hoop

“The super team is boring.”


paying for rings

With Lebron James moving to South Beach to play with DeWayne Wade for the Miami Heat, people thought it was just him chasing the rings. But then Kevin Durant keeps getting beat by the competition, now he joins forces and fights with the team that beat him. Now he has a championship ring with the Warriors. So with all this building super teams, how does this fair when watching the sport? Because the sport starts to get boring if it’s the same teams year in and out. Now this year may be different because Lebron is now on the west coast in Los Angeles. And on top of it, Los Angeles Lakers are really not a super team. They have a super hero in Lebron and really good role players.

what else is on television

We get sick of the same old same old. And from he looks of it, the Warriors could be headed back again to the mountain top. Only one problem, they have to beat Lebron and Lakers. But even if Lebron goes, he’s on a different team, but it’s still him and still the Lakers. So whoever gets close trust and believe people will be routing against them. Because otherwise we as citizens will be looking for the remote control to see what else is on television. Which could smell death for the NBA. But there is nothing they can do. You can’t force a trade, but it overall does bring down the value of the sport.

how soon we forget

What was Cleveland in the 1990’s, what about the Miami Heat or the Warriors? Or better yet, the Lakers weren’t great all from about 1989 to 1999 because Chicago dominated the decade. So we look at these cities as nobody, then they start winning and soon forget how much they were the laughing stock of the country. No all of a sudden we’re sick of who they have become as a team. I never would have put the Warriors as a dynasty team in the NBA. What next, the Buffalo Bills of the NFL will get their stuff together and start winning. But I guess that’s the human mind, we are very forgetful of the past.

what team is next

Now, my question is, whose next to stand atop the mountain as the next dynasty. The Bulls, Celtics, Lakers, Miami, Pistons, Spurs, Warriors, and then who else. Maybe the Denver Nuggets become great, or how about the Utah Jazz. The Jazz are way overdue for a ring. Whoever it is will become winners and we’ll get tired of them as well.


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WAY TOO TYPICAL: WHY YOUNG BLACK MALES CHASE THE SAME HOOP DREAMS

athlete, ball, basketball

“One in a 4,000 to 12,000.”


going pro

“With the number one pick of the ______draft, the _______ select_____________ from the University of_____________________.” These are the words so many collegiate athletes will not hear. And if you read my previous post about hoop dreams you would know this, but this topic is about something else. It’s about something so much more sinister. And the reason I say sinister is because it actually is the degrading of an entire community. When you have millions of young boys wanting a job only 1:4,233 will get in the NFL and 1:11,771 in the NBA, there is a problem. And that problem is that unless you are able to play a sport or better yet, have a career in entertainment, what are your odds of success. When in reality, the avenue to other careers is a lot more practical.

i want to be what i see

I grew up in an environment where you didn’t see Black doctors, lawyers, engineers, or even that many school teachers. Everybody was struggling to survive, or breaking the law to do so. But, the main thing that benefited me is that I went to schools where you were encouraged to be different and dream it up in life. Now, my career path is geared toward being a self employed artistblack female, cabinet, discussing (Indie film, author, photography, podcasting), but I found this path. I went to business school because I thought it was something I wanted to do. On the other hand, so many young Black males only see the face of success in being the athlete or entertainer. You don’t see the other professionals because once they become successful, they remove themselves from the environment from which they once lived. And then there is always the typical slang rocks without the jump shot. So the idea that criminality is the option outside of winning the lottery is problematic as well.

s.w.o.t. your life

Your life needs to go through a SWOT analysis. But this is something I learned in graduate school pertaining to business. But it can also be used to your advantage in life. Know you strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. This is something I constantly think about in my own life that so many Black males growing up don’t have or even know about. Meaning, you are 5’9″, your odds of being an NBA All-Star is rare.  That would be seen as a weakness, and knowing only how to dribble a ball is a threat. But what about the opportunities and strengths. A strength to a young Black male may be something we never knew we had, and opportunities are all around us. I live in New York City, being a photographer, you have the city in your hands to do as you please artistically. That is an endless opportunity. But with the same trends headed in the direction its headed, Black women, who have already outgrown us in education and jobs, will be even further. They don’t have a hoop dream because female athletes don’t get big money. 


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MONEY WOES: WHY ATHLETES MAKE A LOT OF MONEY AND GO BROKE

Coins Inside Jar

“Why they lose it all.”


new money

When you are a young male coming from an impoverished environment or even coming from the middle class, you have all these dreams in regards to money. Buying this lavish home and living a life that you never thought you would be living. but then it happens, and all of a sudden you can afford that house. You can now go out and buy that lavish car and those clothes you looked at through windows. But there is a catch to all this money, and that is it does not last forever. So you have to spend wisely and also pay your bills on top of that as well. Red and Brown Floral Stair Carpet

when the game is over

As the game passes you by and it’s time to move on to the next thing, now what? You have been spending so much money that you forgot about the end nearing. So here you are, broke with nothing to your name. A place where so many athletes have found themselves once they retire from the league. You are destitute and scrambling for answers as to what you will do to generate an income. And this is where you notice athletes make even more vital mistakes. They start dumping money into ideas that fall apart even quicker than spending. But see, there has to be more that meets the eye. All of them can’t be spending excessively.

reality versus fiction

When you see guys going pro, it means that they are overnight millionaires, wrong. Most of them are name you will never know who make around $500,000 per year before taxes. And their careers are on average 3 years long. So when you hear that someone made $1.5 million over 3 years, that is a lot relative to the average American. But when you factor in the fact that you have to make that money stretch after the league and taken into consideration the money you lived off of while playing, it’s not much. $1.5 million minus taxes equals about $800,000 with the average home around $250,000. $550,000 after 3 years is way less, and you’re talking working a regular nine to five. Because you’re retired, but you can’t retire fully off the money you have made.

big money go broke as well

Here is a level that is difficult to comprehend when athletes go broke. It is the level where guys are making over their career $50 million, $100 million, or even $200 million. How in the world do they go broke? And the reason is taking care of others, bad investments, and not watching their finances. They live a lifestyle that billionaires don’t even live. Taking care of multiple people who are not bringing in incomes can run up a bill as well. So it all falls apart eventually.


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ROLE MODELS: WHY WE PUT SO MUCH PRESSURE ON ATHLETES

 

Nfl Stadium Field Full With Crowd Watching the Game during Daytime

“Role models, really?”


the chosen ones

For the longest, athletes have been seen as these role models, especially to a younger generation. But what happens when the onus is on the athlete to raise the children of society. Because that is what being a person who is the athlete has become. It used to be people looked to politicians for the direction of a nation. Now people are looking to their entertainment as a means of productivity and raising children. And when you look at the mental issues of people in the public eye, it’s no wonder a society has them as well. But in my opinion, being a role model and mirroring your life after another person is different. But why so much pressure?

vintage americans

Elvis, was a role model, as was the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra. How about the athletes like Johnny Unitas and Joe Namath. But they were not expected to raise people’s children. These guys partied, drank, had women, some guys even did drugs. But American didn’t care because everyone had their own existence. Now, we look at these men and say how they don’t carry themselves as role models like the guys in the past. When in reality, guys today carry themselves better now because there is such a spotlight on them. So for me there seems to be this much needed use of oversight into the households of so many in today’s society that was not needed in the past.

money means a lot

I bought something that was yours, so now I can do whatever. This mentality that I bought a t-shirt, that gives me a piece of real estate over you. But that mind frame is very selective in society. Because we contribute to a lot of stuff that we would never think to just walk up to a politician and snap a photo. And we are the people who personally elect them to office. We also throw vast amounts of money into brands, and if we see the CEO who runs the company, we wouldn’t dare approach them with ridiculous behavior making demands. There is a comfort that people have with one we wouldn’t dare with the other.

no self control, no home control

People don’t have a lot of control in their own lives, so this is their control. They know that sports and entertainment will fold when they get upset, so we place these labels like role model on them. We can’t connect to our children, so the best way to connect is buying them more toys. But the reality is that parents want television to raise children and also want some form of control because they don’t have life control.


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SHOW ME THE MONEY: WILL SPORTS CONTRACTS GET BIGGER IN THE FUTURE

Person Signing Paper

“Give me some money.”


the big bucks

In my lifetime I have heard of some pretty major contracts to play professional sports. Kobe Bryant signing his $126 million contract, Floyd Mayweather, Tiger Woods, and Formula One driver Michael Shumacher all earning $100 million in a year, David Beckham coming to play soccer for Los Angeles Galaxy for $50 million per year, and who could forget Alex Rodriguez contracts with the Texas Rangers, $252 million and the Yankees, $275 million. But my question is how will the contracts change over time. Because athletes are actually underpaid if you look relative to what they make the brands they represent. Meaning the average American is paid a percentage of their value to their organization. If athletes were paid their percent there would already be $500 million if not $1 billion contracts.

if not for the past

Believe it or not, Michael Jordan’s biggest contract was about $30 million when he played in the NBA. Which at the time was big money, but since then guys are making that in a year. But the past players were the legends of the game who paved the way, some of which are broke today. Why, well some made poor financial decisions, and others didn’t make the big money guys make today. As a matter of fact, when you go back to the 1960’s and 1970’s, a lot of known players had side jobs to make ends meet. And receiving a $250,000 contract was big money at the time.

endorsements are king

The endorsements is where the big dollars are in sports. Getting a contract is fine and all, but the business partnerships these men make are staggering. Most of the big names in sports are with either Nike or ADIDAS. And then you have the guys like Stephen Curry with Under Armour. But making money through brands outside the sport is how you can make money like Tiger Woods $100 million a year at his height with Nike. He’s not making that golfing, but Nike has the finances to pay. Why, well there is no real salary cap for athletes with endorsements. So in all, you will see contracts grow because a $100 million contract is becoming normal in today’s society. It’s only a matter of time before we see $500 million.


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HOOP DREAMS: WHY SO MANY NEVER MAKE IT

Gathering Football Players

“You’re just not good enough.”


the dream

As a young boy growing up, we have all had these visions of ourselves becoming a top athlete in sports. But somewhere in our lives reality sets in and you know that your life is not going to head into the direction of sports. But there are those few that do get the chance to play. Only problem is that these people are very few and far between. And that’s just making it to the league, not to mention the average career is only 3 – 5 years. So making it to the 10 year or even 15 plus years career is even more rare. So why do so many think they will make it all the way.

draft day

And the number one pick of the draft, the _______ select ________ of _______ university. We all would love to hear our names called on draft day, but it’s just not real. If there was a draft day for the average jog, then it would be more real. And the number one pick of the fast food draft the McDonald’s in New York select Faheem Jackson of Parkside University. This is more real than the professional sports picks. We can connect more with the Average Joe than the athlete.

more than skills

You can run , jump, hit, shoot, and swing, but you don’t have the personality to withstand the pressure. You have so many great athletes that can make the league physically, but mentally they are not present in the moment. So many young men make the leagues, make millions and screw it up. And society can’t understand why, but it’s who they are, they don’t change overnight. If they were broken in life prior, but now they are better. No, you need years, but have to change in a matter of days or weeks. They don’t have that ability to screw up like the past because there is such a spotlight on them. So, so many don’t make it because of themselves personally not athletically.


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KING JAMES: WHY WE WON’T ALLOW HIM TO BEAT MICHAEL JORDAN

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“His greatness enrages people, but for what?”


King James

Since being drafted into the NBA, Lebron James has remained strong over the past 15 seasons going on to win 3 NBA titles, 4 NBA MVP seasons, 14 All Star appearances, and a slew of other awards. But the topic in recent years have come up; is he better than Michael Jordan. And for those who grew up with MJ, such as myself, we tend to be more biased in the direction of Jordan. But sports is such a game of statistics, and your views of who is great varies. So why is it so difficult to acknowledge Lebron James in that conversation as the greatest NBA player over Jordan?

greatest show on earth

Imagine going to a circus of being privy to the best Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey show ever. Then ten years later it was topped by something much more greater. The reason it’s hard for people to say the next thing is greater is because of a generational gap. We hate to admit something from a current generation better than those that came before us. We all like to think that whatever life we have lived can’t be topped. Nothing these eyes have seen could get better. And in all likelihood, I will reject the next thing. We dilute ourselves into thinking something can’t get better, and when it does we fight it. And there is an even a deeper why.

a better time, a more innocent time

“Now don’t you ever, be sad, lean on me, when times are.” “When the day comes, and you’re down baby, in a river of trouble and about to drown.” “Just hold on, I’m coming.” For those who remember Sam and Dave singing this song back in the 1960’s, how can you convince them, “I’m your baby tonight,” by Whitney Houston isn’t as good. But Whitney’s fans will tell you, Beyonce is good, I’m your baby is better than, “Get Em Bodied.” We feel when we hear something that goes against or is seen as better it devalues our experience in childhood or early adulthood. The nostalgia moment of hearing Sam and Dave is hurt when Beyonce sells more. But we must understand, these two men paved the way for Beyonce to be greater. Same with Lebron and MJ, records are made to be broken. Understand there will be another MJ, if not better than the MJ you witnessed.

goats are born and they die and not thought of

Ask a young teen or early adult about Charlie Chaplin, they know nothing about him. But they know Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle, and Amy Shumer. Shocking that one of the greatest no one knows. Better yet, since this is a sports topic, ask about Jim Thorpe, Babe Ruth, or Jesse Owens. And this is another reason we fight the Lebron James better than Michael argument. Related imageBecause enough time goes by, no one knows you ever existed. It’s not a sign of disrespect, it’s nature. No human is remembered forever, unless certain records become broken on a list, then you hear this person’s name again. We just want MJ to be eternal, and reality is, he’s not. He is meant to live, be great, and pass along like any other person in his position.


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