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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.

Back To The Court: Lamar Odom Signs Contract To Play Ball In Spain

February 18th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Lamar Odom Signs Contract To Play Ball In Spain

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Is Lamar Odom something like the cat with 9 lives, or what?! After alleged drug and alcohol addictions, people are still willing to give the brother a chance. According to ESPN, Laboral Kutxa, a Spanish basketball team, announced that they’ve reached an agreement with the 34 year old former Laker. Odom has signed a two month contract with the option to extend it to the remainder of the season.

He comes to the team filling a roster spot that opened due to an injury.

ESPN reports that these types of deals usually contain clauses that leave room for veterans to return to the NBA if the opportunity presents itself. But sources claim Lamar’s plan is to play out the entire season before determining whether or not he wants to come back to the NBA.

Odom could make his Laboral Kutxa debut as early as this Saturday against Valladolid. Laboral Kutxa is ninth in the 18 team Spanish league and last in the Euroleague group.

Laboral president, Josean Querejeta said in a statement, “We’re very happy to have signed a very important player who has had a long and fruitful career in the NBA. We’ve worked very hard over the last couple of days to make this happen, we felt we needed a boost and had to break the collective cloud that has been hanging over us over the last while so we could get back to winning.”

Lord knows we wish Lamar the best and hope he is able to find some type of peace and whatever healing he may need on the court, over there in Spain.

Military Mom Returns Home And Surprises Son At Basketball Game!

January 18th, 2014 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Seriously, I cannot get enough of the videos of our men and women returning home and surprising their children.  I think I tear up just about every time I see one.

This video comes out of San Antonio, TX. Lt. Col. Cotina Jenkins-Sellers just spent the last 8 months in Kuwait serving our country and during that time, she missed many sporting events that involved her 13 year old son Derrick Jenkins.  Well, this military mom returned home on Thursday and without even going home first, she headed to Legacy Middle School to give her son the surprise of his life.

With the help of the school and the basketball team, Lt. Col Jenkins-Sellers surprised her son while he shot free throws for a fake technical foul given to one of the coaches. She was standing right behind Derrick and after missing the first shot, she said, “Oh, it’s alright, Derrick” and when he turned around, his face was absolutely priceless.

Check out the surprise video above! Shout out to KSAT-TV in San Antonio for catching this moment.

Baby On Board: Michael Jordan And Yvette Prieto Expecting Their First Child!

November 30th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto

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First comes love, then comes marriage…and now it looks like Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto are on their way with the baby carriage.

Reps for the Jordans have confirmed to US Weekly that Yvette is pregnant with the couple’s first child. While they didn’t reveal how far along she is, a source leaked a picture to GigiOnThat and she appears to be very far along in her pregnancy.

This will be 34 year Prieto’s first child but the fourth child for 50 year old Jordan. His oldest children are with his ex-wife Juanita Jordan who he divorced back in 2006.  In fact, Jordan is starting completely over in the baby department as his youngest child with Juanita is 19 years old. The good thing is that he’s retired so he can be completely hands on now with the feedings and changing of diapers.

Jordan and Prieto have been together for five years and were married in April in a huge ceremony in Jupiter, Florida.

I wonder if his older children are excited about the impending arrival of their new sibling. It has been just the three of them for a very long time.

Congratulations to them and we wish Yvette a safe pregnancy and a healthy bundle of joy!

Are You Ready To ‘Hit The Floor’, Again? VH1 Renews The Hot Show For A Second Season

July 15th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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The steamy VH1 series, Hit The Floor has been offered a second season. Currently, Hit The Floor has become the highest rated summer show for the age group 18-49 years. It also made it to the number one spot for its Monday night time slot, attracting 1.9 million viewers.

VH1’s Senior Vice President of West Coast Production and Development, Jill Holmes stated:

“We always knew that ‘Hit the Floor’ was a strong project from the beginning and we are thrilled that so many of our viewers agree with us. “With creator James LaRosa at the helm, everyone in front of and behind the camera has created a compelling, addictive series with high energy dance numbers, and we can’t wait to continue the storyline that’s made it the #1 cable show in its time period among adults.”

If you have not been keeping up with the soap-opera driven series, here are the details so you can catch up before season two rolls around. Hit The Floor covers the lives of the Los Angeles Devil Girls, the dance team for the number one basketball team in the country. Shadow and Act adds in their description that the series:

[C]enters on Ahsha (Taylour Paige), a sheltered young woman who joins the team against the wishes of her mother Sloane (Kimberly Elise), who knows this treacherous, tempting world all too well having been an original Devil’s Girl herself. Olivia (Charlotte Ross) is the shrewd squad manager, Jelena (Logan Browning) is the ruthless star captain of the dance team and Pete Davenport (Dean Cain) is the former All-Star who’s come back to coach his old team only to have to contend with the girls both stealing the spotlight and distracting his players.

If that description was not enough, check out the top five moments of the last episode( below). Have you been watching?

What It Means To Be A Free Agent In The Game Of Love And Lust

July 12th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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From Single Black Male 

It’s that time of year in the basketball world where free agency is upon us. A recent conversation with one of my cousins led to me explaining that free agents and single people have a lot in common. Today I’d like to share with you my long a** analogy. If you’re a sports fan like myself you’ll resonate with it seamlessly. If you’re not a sports fan, I hope I’m clear enough in my delivery. In any case, here goes it:

Being The Free Agent

I explained to my cousin that at some point or another we are star free agents in this game of love and lust.  At some point in our careers (lives) we will be scouted and we will be sought after. As free agents we get to scope the scene, weigh options and then we make decisions. When you’re a star player you take many things into consideration.  Truth be told some teams(prospective partners) are a better fit for you than others. But during this whole recruiting process (dating) you wonder as the player “What’s in it for me?”  The teams seeking you are basically selling themselves to you. They will paint the greatest picture to entice you to go with them. No matter how well some teams try to make themselves look, you can still see some qualities in which you may not be interested.

Seeking The Free Agent

Now as the team seeking someone’s partnership or services, what picture are you painting? No team is perfect that’s a given, but what steps are you taking to become a winner? In this league of love and lust there are teams that are proven winners and teams that aren’t. Now what team are you? Are you the team that has been a proven winner? Or are you the team that hasn’t had a championship since the civil rights movement?(Cleveland) Or are you a team dedicated to winning and are taking steps to do so? Here’s a quick overview of the types of people we can classify ourselves as.

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