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After His Presidency, Could Obama Become An NBA Team Owner?

June 23rd, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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It’s no secret that President Barack Obama loves to hoop. So much so that shortly after taking office, he had the White House tennis court adapted so it could be used for both tennis and basketball. But now, with his stay in the White House coming to a close in January, he’s drawing out a game plan of his next big moves. And according to press secretary Josh Earnest, becoming an NBA owner is a possible option, ESPN reports.

Yesterday (June 22), Earnest shared that “potentially… under the right circumstances,” Obama would pursue the opportunity of being a part of an ownership group for an NBA franchise.

The idea also came up in GQ‘s past November issue when Obama gushed that he’d “absolutely” want to join an NBA ownership group. “I have fantasized about being able to put together a team and how much fun that would be,” he said. “I think it’d be terrific.”

President-turned-NBA owner, what do you all think?

Sports Analyst Rosalyn Gold-Onwude Honored As Modern Day History Maker

February 27th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Women of color in the analysis and sideline reporting world of sports is a serious rarity. However, 28-year-old Ros Gold-Onwude is helping to make it commonplace. The former college basketball star-turned-sideline reporter for Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area has been leading the coverage of the Golden State Warriors and is making headlines for her amazing work. Not to mention, she’s garnered social media shout outs from Drake who gushed about meeting her and even out-shot Lebron James in a game of Pig. Yeah, she’s that chick!

So much so that NBC News featured the Stanford University grad and former Pac 10 defensive player of the year for NBCBLK28, their new initiative that highlights 29  millennials, all under the age of 28, that break stereotypes and redefine what it means to be black in America today in honor of Black History Month.

“As a women of color in sports broadcasting, I want to do good work and have a positive, visible influence,” Ros said. “I hope other young women will look at what I’m doing and realize they too could have a career in sports media if they desire.”

This summer, Gold-Onwude will travel to Rio de Janeiro to report for the Olympic Games where she hopes to see more reporters that look like her covering the competition, offering, “I’m very comfortable in my own skin and I believe in uplifting others. I don’t think there’s room for only one black female analyst in basketball. Why does it have to be a competition?”

James Harden Takes 20 Single Moms, Kids On Holiday Shopping Spree

December 22nd, 2015 - By MommyNoire Editor
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There’s no telling how many kids dream of what it would be like to be on the same team as James Harden; on Sunday, 40 local kids found out.

The Houston Rockets superstar and his mom took 20 single mothers and their kids, all dressed in “Team Harden” T-shirts and blue Santa hats, holiday shopping at a South Houston Target store.

“Growing up, my mom was by her lonesome, so I had to do a lot, me, my brother, and my sister,” said Harden. “So I can kind of relate.”

“I was trying to guide the moms in a direction so they can help guide their kids in a better direction,” said Monja Willis, Harden’s mother.

Sunday’s event marked the fourth year in a row this mother and son, and his siblings have paid it forward.

“I don’t want to say too much because I’m gonna get teary eyed,” said Demetrias, who was shopping with her grandson she’s helping raise. “I’m getting teary eyed right now. I don’t wanna cry, okay? But it means a lot to me. It really does.”

Others had trouble holding back that emotion.

“I’m really appreciative of this,” said Tammy Copeland, a single mother of three young kids who was taking part in the event. “I work and I go to school, and I’m a single mother of three kids. Very hard, but things like this, God just keeps on blessing me.”

But the emotion for most of these kids as they filled their shopping carts was joy, an emotion contagious even to an NBA All-Star.

“Yeah, he’s a big kid,” said Willis. “Don’t tell him I said that.”

A big kid and 40 of his new friends creating a picture perfect holiday memory.

“They’re never gonna forget this,” said Copeland.

BBVA Compass, the Official Bank of the NBA, also gave each mom $100 savings certificates for each child taking part in the shopping spree to open a new savings account.

Coach Kicks Seven Girls Off Basketball Team After They Claim He Was Too “Touchy-Feely”

November 19th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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I know the story of the inappropriate coach or gym teacher a little too well. Our high school had a couple of men who were consistently inappropriate with the teenage girls who were entrusted to them during school or after school hours.

There was a track coach, in his early thirties who was always flirting with the teenage girls on the team. He watched them stretch before practice and loudly and openly made comments about their bodies. He stopped my sister in the hallway, looking her up and down saying she had the body for track. And by the time I was a senior one of the girls in my graduating class was openly telling people they were in some type of twisted relationship. Not only was she underage, he also had a wife.

The last I heard of him, he was divorced.

So when I heard the story of the seven young women who were kicked off their high school’s basketball team in New Orleans after claiming their coach was “too touchy-feely,” I was disgusted but not surprised.

According to the New Orleans Advocate, a day after seven girls refused to play for their new coach, Panos Bountovinas, he kicked them off the team. Bountovinas broke the news to them in a meeting the day after their protest. When the girls asked the school’s principal, Brennan McCurley, why they weren’t allowed to play anymore, he told them they also weren’t allowed to ask questions.

Kayla Sibley, a senior on the team, said that she didn’t feel comfortable around Bountovinas because he would often touch her.

“I felt uncomfortable around him on and off the court because he was very feely. Hand on the shoulders and other places and stuff,” Sibley said. “It made me feel uncomfortable. I never had a touchy-feely coach before. I felt uncomfortable.”

The day before they were dismissed, the seven young ladies boycotted their away game and instead attended a boys basketball game on their home court.

Only five players dressed for the girl’s away game and Salmen lost 47-45.

Myles Cooper, a parent of the one of the girls dismissed from the team said, “They didn’t play because we wanted to get the principal and the coach to the table to talk about the issues we have. This is not a witch hunt against the coach. We want the best for our kids, and we want our kids safe.”

Coach Bountovinas is just in his first season at Salmen. He spent two seasons at Mount Carmel, where he led the team to the 5A state championship. But resigned last season, citing personal reasons.

Cooper said immediately after Bountovinas was hired, parents had a meeting with the school’s superintendent to question the school’s process.

“After that meeting we were assured everything was going to be OK and we should move on as one unit.”

But according to the team members, Bountovinas’ actions didn’t leave the students or their parents feeling confident.

Sibley said, “There were two games this season when (female assistant coach Wendy Stampley) told him to get out of the locker room while we were dressing. He hesitated. Coach Anderson, (the girls’ previous coach) last year never had that problem. Coach Bountovinas was just standing there. It took him a while to get out. This has happened more than once.”

The mere fact that the principal told the girls they couldn’t ask questions when they were the ones who felt like they had been violated speaks volumes. They should at least have the opportunity to express their grievances in allegations as serious as these.

WNBA President, Laurel J. Richie, Says Goodbye To The League

November 8th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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The WNBA is close to celebrating its 20th season when the new year hits. But with the a new season comes as a heavy-heart as the league’s president Laurel J. Richie is stepping down from her position after five seasons. “We thank Laurel for her five seasons of service and commitment to the WNBA and wish her success in her future endeavors,” said NBA Deputy Commissioner, Mark Tatum, in a press release.

Since coming on board in 2011, Richie has made groundbreaking and historic moves being the first African-American to conduct a major sports league. She will move on to pursue her other interests in serving as to serving as a board member for several for-profit and not-for-profit institutions in an effort to promote advocacy amongst young girls and women.

“I am proud of what the WNBA has been able to accomplish during my tenure and am grateful for the opportunity to play my part in setting the stage for the 20th season and beyond,” Richie said. “I was fortunate to work with some very special people, from owners, to league and team staff, to the passionate fans of the WNBA, to the incredibly talented WNBA athletes. I will forever be a fan of the WNBA and a champion for all it stands for.”

Tatum will temporarily take over Richie’s position on an interim basis as the search for a new league president begins.

Leave LeBron’s Son Alone – Or Not

February 26th, 2015 - By Rich
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LeBron’s son is…already getting offers and scholarships to go to colleges. And – guess what? His famous father is not happy.

“Yeah, he’s already got some offers from colleges,” James told CBS Detroit before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ played the Detroit Pistons Tuesday. “It’s pretty crazy. It should be a violation. You shouldn’t be recruiting 10-year-old kids.”

I’m certain LeBron James, Jr. will not be getting any more offers for fear of feeling the wrath of the 2013 NBA’s most valuable player.

Presently, the colleges in question have not broken any rules, but perhaps they took the liberty to bend them.

Says the NCAA Handbook:

“A prospective student-athlete is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade. In addition, a student who has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospective student-athlete if the institution provides such an individual (or the individual’s relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other benefits that the institution does not provide to prospective students generally.”

Basically, they can give him a look if they are going to give him help, which he doesn’t need. His dad is one of the greatest hoopers walking the Earth!

At first, I thought – this is bullcrap! Leave the boy alone! Let him bet a kid! After a few moments, I realized that this is LeBron’s son and namesake, to boot. Furthermore, LeBron has actively played a part in showing that his child, who is only 10, already displays trending greatness. He tweeted his son’s exceptional basketball skills to his 19-plus million followers in a video. Furthermore, like any proud papa, he boasted about his son in the CBS interview, “He plays just like I did. He has great awareness, and he’d rather pass first and set guys up. Most kids nowadays just want to score.”

Then, I thought about my daughter and realized that these options that Young LeBron has is nothing but a good thing, at the day’s end. Even though his father is rich, the 10-year old with definitely have to make his own way, especially since they share a name. My daughter is about the same age and I teach her now that she is going to have to earn her way and it is never too early to seize the day.

I think it will be more important for Big Bron keep his namesake humble and hungry, so that these offers don’t get him feeling he’s “made it” before he’s made it. By all accounts, he’s well on his way to creating success on his own terms, but hopefully he knows following in his father’s gigantic footsteps requires much hard work and dedication.

#ManCrushMonday: Derrick Rose

November 24th, 2014 - By Rich
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Derrick Martell Rose is a true hometown hero. The Chicago-born point guard for the Bulls is undoubtedly the team’s standout player. Unfortunately though, his squad has been having a rough start to their 2014 NBA season. Rose is out with a sprained hamstring but Bulls fans are praying that he recovers soon. If Rose gets back onto the court within the next couple of months, the rest of the league has to pay dues — there’s just no way around him. Twenty-six-year-old Rose was one of only three Chicago Bulls players to ever be chosen as the league’s MVP. Michael Jordan was another of the three. Though he may have a ways to go before achieving all of those same accolades as MJ, he is definitely a contender in today’s NBA. Beyond that, the 6-foot, 3-inch point guard is absolutely adorable and with an Adidas contract to boot, he’s obviously about his business as well. Three cheers for the hometown boy. This week, MommyNoire has chosen Derrick Rose as our Man Crush Monday MVP.

#ManCrushMonday: Derrick Rose

The Hottest Chick In The Game: WNBA Star Skylar Diggins Turns 24

August 2nd, 2014 - By Rich
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Skylar Diggins is an anomaly. Not your typical WNBA star, the Notre Dame grad hopped onto the pro sports scene with major heavyweights behind her. Who else can say Lil’ Wayne attended their college sports games, they received a brand new Benz from Jay Z for graduation and gave Drake a friend-zone (forehead) kiss during the ESPY awards? No one, but Skylar.

And as she rises to the top of her sports game, all eyes are on this beauty  upping her superstar status as well, proving she might just be the hottest chick in the game. Today, the Tulsa Shock star turns 24 and here, we feature some of her best shots. The Sky might be the limit when it comes to the league’s sexiest athlete.

Hit the flip to check out 12 of her best shots from the new ride Jay Z purchased to looking like a model in Vogue.

Why Are We Always Talking About The Dysfunction of Basketball Wives And Not Basketball Itself?

July 14th, 2014 - By Charing Ball
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You know what conversation has gotten old? Black women and reality television.

We’ve seen the memes, read the think pieces, and have played party to the same humdrum and overreaching conversation, which usually goes: “Black women on reality television are bad black people; black women watch reality television are bad black people too; black women are embarrassing themselves and the community by projecting and supporting images of negative ourselves; black women are embarrassing the black community by making us look bad on television in front of white people; black women are taking a check from white folks to destructively coon out on television, blah, blah, blah…”

And of course it also follows the same conversation trajectory as ones on: “Scandal” and Olivia Pope; “Being Mary Jane”; weaves and perms; birth control; feminism; abortions from Planned Parenthood; and a laundry list of activities, goods and services, which women enjoy. Point is, folks never get tired of telling black women, how our interests, needs and likes, particularly around what entertains us, are a waste of our time, money and a perpetration to white supremacy even when it is hypocritical at best.

But missing from all this repetitious screeching over reality shows is any real critique about the launching pads for many of the characters on these reality shows. Where are the serious analysis, the accusatory memes and finger wagging about black faced white supremacy and the impact on the downfall on the black community on ESPN or in Sports Illustrated or in the black versions of both? Where is the urging of men to step away from the hot wings and plasma television at the local sports bar and grill and throw down their throwback jerseys in mass protest?

What I’m saying is, how can you make claim about Basketball Wives trivialness and overall destructive nature, particularly to the black women’s psyche, and then in our next step, hang around with the bunch of your homies to either watch and play actual basketball?

You know a sport, which is most revered by black men?

You know a sport, which like feminism, was invented by an actual white person? And yet nobody accuses all the brothers, who participate in the sport of self hate, or trying to be like the white man, for playing along with the rules of the game.

The same sport, which today might be dominated by African Americans but had to be integrated, aka bought into, just like we had to do with the rest of the American society? Yet nobody calls the brothers in this particular sport, sellouts or coons or the male versions of Negro Bed Wenches for kowtowing to get into the white man’s game.

Exclusive Interview: Coach Of The Year LeVelle Moton On Musical Chairs And New Edition

April 11th, 2014 - By Kweli Wright
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As Final Four wrapped up and UCONN took the championship, there was one story that was all the buzz this season: North Carolina Central University’s Coach LeVelle Moton, who led his team, The Eagles, to a place no one saw coming: Victory! The Eagles, an HBCU, became the 2014 MEAC Champions, making their very first appearance in the NCAA tournament to March Madness.

Sports commentators were taken by their remarkable victories during the season, and although they didn’t make it past the first round, their climb towards the title was commendable, thanks to Coach Moton, a father of two, husband and no stranger to coaching champions.  During summer breaks he shares his training skills with NBA players including Chris Paul, John Wall, Grant Hill and more.  He’s coached more than 45 NBA players over the years, however, when it comes to his team of young men, fresh out of high school with big dreams of making it to the NBA, he combines traditional family values with unique tactics on winning.  Grooming his team from boys to men, preparing them for life off the court, not just basketball.

We sat down with the coach to discuss the buzz, his trial and triumphs, and what’s next for him.

First, we needed to find out how you and Brooklyn Nets star, Kevin Garnett, became friends at the age of 13…

We played AAU [Amateur Athletic Union], when we were kids. They have a camp called Nike Camp, sponsored by the footwear company, where they take the top 200 basketball players who are rising seniors and top players in the nation and put them at camp for a week, breaking us down into age groups. I was in the same age group as Kevin Garnett, so imagine letting 14 and 15-year-old children in a camp to teach the importance of education and athletics…in our spare time, we were goofing around and you develop this bond and friendship. Allen Iverson was my roommate…

We know that the odds of making it to the NBA are far and few between, what kind of advice do you offer your team before they step on the court?

The first thing I do when I get to campus, it’s corny, but the new guys don’t know what we’re doing… We have 15 guys on the team, so I would take 14 chairs and we’d play musical chairs in the gym. Once we get to the last person standing, I congratulate him and give him a lollipop…and then I tell them, “If you think it’s difficult playing musical chairs with 15 people, imagine what it’s like to get into NBA with 35 guaranteed spots.”  It’s difficult to win a simple game with people you know, imagine trying to go to the NBA with millions of people trying to get those spots?  There’s 400,000 Division 1 ball players, 400,000 Division 2 players, 300,000 Division 3 players, then another 150,000 overseas trying to come to the states.  When you put all that together, these are your odds, not only do you have to be really good but it has to be God plan’s for you.

What are the most important lessons you teach your team?

The most important thing I teach my team is manhood. I let them know it’s hard out there in the real world, and I’m hard on them and hold them accountable every single day for every single thing they do.  If they throw a ball away, you will hear from me, if they fail a test, they will hear from me.  I use ball as metaphor to teach the game of life.  I have 14 kids on the team, 10 are fatherless, or have insufficient dad’s…I demand the best of them because when they leave college and go out in the real world, no one cares how many averages you had.  You have to be a man, father, husband and know how to manage a household.

You grew up in Roxbury, in Orchard Park, Boston, same as New Edition…when you look back at the tools you needed to make it out of the hood and to make something of yourselves, what was your biggest motivation? 

I wanted to be them. OP was so bad at that time, crack was about to hit, the “New York Boys” (drug dealers who inspired the film In Too Deep) took over, friends were getting kidnapped, fingers getting chopped off.  There was a lot of foolish, illegal activity and if you wronged somebody, you could possibly be killed, simply because you’re associated.  As a kid, you don’t have a father, can’t leave the house, all you know is your surroundings, which can suppress your dreams if you have no one to uplift and enhance your dreams.  Everything negative becomes conventional wisdom and you think this is your life and what it’s intended to be.  New Edition showed me that I can make it out of this. When they became successful, from that point on I wanted to be them…I wanted to make it out and be successful.

What kind of advice can you offer to young men who may not have a father in the home and seeking a father figure in the wrong places?  

My advice is: Number one, you have to be your own best friend. Our minds are conditioned to think we need confirmation from someone else to succeed or to be someone.  It’s worse now because you’re doing it subconsciously, checking to see how many likes you get on Facebook or how many followers etc., life has become predicated off the approval of someone else. There will come a time in the world where the only person who believes in you, is you, not your mother or father because people are chasing their own dreams.  Be your own best friend so that you can face yourself in the mirror.  My father left me in OP when I was three or four-years-old, and the way he left could’ve destroyed my life. We had a rent party and he asked all the kids what we wanted from the store…he never came back. At about six-year-old, he bought me a brand new bike with a bow on it. I finally threw the bike away two years ago. I never rode it, never sat on it and pedaled. I used it as motivation for 30 years.  There’s other positive role models out here.  They may not be able to replace a father but you can find same characteristics [in someone you meet] at a rec center, community leader or wherever it may be. Don’t let it be a negative influence because then you have a built in excuse: “No daddy, let me shoot this dude.”  The judge doesn’t care about your background, upbringing or that you don’t have a daddy…

Your son faced a terrible accident [one-year-old VJ was burned on his face as he knocked a cup of  hot coffee off a counter] as you prepared for your last game before the NCAA tournament, how did you prepare yourself for such a critical moment in your team and your family life?

I was all messed up. In my mind, I convinced myself that there are 500 coaches who can train a team, but a child only gets one father.  I wanted to stay with my son, but my wife told me to go. I had to come to terms with the same lessons I teach my team and apply those tools to myself.  You gotta be tough and handle adversity because life will throw you a curve ball, but you’ve got to be able to pick it up and go on.