Category Archives: Basketball

If The Shoe Fits…

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If The Shoe Fits…

Sports apparel has long been a source of revenue for teams and players alike.  Many athletes make more money from their endorsement deals than they do in salaries and wages.  The top endorsement contracts are more ridiculous than the salaries that leave our jaws agape on a regular basis.  LeBron James has a $90 million Nike contract and David Beckham received $161 million from Adidas for a lifetime of servitude.  Yes, that’s correct, a lifetime contract.  Anna Kournikova, the former pin-up star and occasional tennis player, was offered $50 million over 6 years.  The catch was that she needed to win, and since she never won a singles tournament in her life, she ended up taking home the $3 million guaranteed signing bonus.  Tiger Woods, the disgraced golfer, was making a cool $20 million from Nike alone at the height of his stardom.  Even after his fall from grace, he managed to take home $70 million in endorsements from a variety of sources.  Startling numbers, really. Read the rest of this entry

‘Lin’sane in the Membrane

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‘Lin’sane in the Membrane

OK, so ‘Lin’sanity has gripped the entire world.  It’s been exciting and it’s another fun topic, other than box scores, trades and stats, to spice up the sports world.  However, a little bit of perspective might be in order.  The media, both sports and other wise, loves to make mountains out of molehills, because, let’s face it  molehills don’t sell.  The Jeremy Lin story is no different. Read the rest of this entry

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

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Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

After Lmnop told me she was writing her article on OCD in sports it set me to thinking.  We’ll be doing more writing on mental health in sports, and while we discussed her article, the one person who continually popped into my mind was Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf.  He was a basketball player in the NBA throughout most of the 90’s, had one of the sweetest shots of all time, and, in 1996, was in the middle of a colossal controversy for refusing to stand during the playing of the national anthem, all while living with Tourette’s syndrome. Read the rest of this entry