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New ‘old’ player ready to help Grizz ‘over the hump’

New ‘old’ player ready to help Grizz ‘over the hump’
The Memphis Grizzlies now have a new addition who seems happy in the city of grit and grind.
 
It’s a 37-year-old veteran player who made his mark with one of the most-talked-about dunks in NBA All-Star history. Do you remember? It’s Vince Carter. He’ll be sporting his number, 15, this upcoming season with the Grizzlies.

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  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Original

Olympic legend Alice Coachman dies at 90

Olympic legend Alice Coachman dies at 90
Alice Coachman, the Olympic legend who shattered ceilings and the status quo when she became the first black woman to win a gold medal at the games, earning the medal for her 5-foot-6-1/8-inch high jump, has died in her hometown of Albany, Ga., at the age of 90, the New York Times reports.
 
Coachman had been grappling with health issues in recent months, suffering from a stroke. Her daughter, Evelyn Jones, told the Times that the former track and field star went into cardiac arrest on Monday, following breathing problems.

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Keyon Dooling’s life lessons

Keyon Dooling’s life lessons
One tall young man had the courage to admit that he never learned or, more accurately, was never taught. So Keyon Dooling, formerly with the Memphis Grizzlies and a 13-year NBA veteran, began to teach him step by step. The line grew longer, as more and more young men acknowledged they didn’t know how to tie a necktie either and wanted to learn. This was not a scene at a community center or a middle school mentoring session.  These were millionaires, NBA players who had never been taught the proper way to knot a tie.
 
That is extraordinarily surprising to most anybody else, but not Keyon. He is well familiar with the reality of young African-American men abundantly gifted with skills for the game of basketball with too few skills instilled in them for the game of life.  Plus, there is baggage, much of it secret baggage, that comes along from the complex, challenging, dysfunctional environments and backgrounds they escaped. Money and fame can exacerbate their issues. Global media exposure can point out the  problems and baggage like those optic yellow highlighters we use to illuminate parts of document or a book.

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Concussions a greater problem for African-American youth

Concussions a greater problem for African-American youth
WASHINGTON – Despite the flurry of news about NFL lawsuits over concussions, the problem affects far more athletes at the high school and junior high school level, according to federal government statistics.
 
In 2009 alone, nearly 250,000 youth age 19 or younger were treated in emergency rooms for sports and recreation-related injuries that included concussions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Between 2001 and 2009, the rate of such visits rose 57 percent.
 
Concussions occur when the brain is shaken violently against the skull. Although concussions are the most common brain injury, widespread awareness and concern about this issue in the world of student athletics is fairly recent.

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The disappearance of the black coach: African-Americans shut out of college basketball

The disappearance of the black coach: African-Americans shut out of college basketball
 
Just a handful of years after the tumultuous, racially charged era of the 1960s, Georgetown coach John Thompson peered over his shoulder during a game at McDonough Gym in Northwest. What the coach saw he’d never forget. Neither would many others. “Thompson the [N-word] flop must go,” the racist banner read.
 
“Today, this generation doesn’t even know who John Thompson is,” said Brian Ellerbe, a Capitol Heights, Maryland, native and former NCAA Division I men’s basketball coach who worked at several schools including George Washington University in Northwest.
 
Like many, Ellerbe, 50, laments the glaring absence of African-American coaches in Division I basketball. Ellerbe stopped short of accusing anyone of racism and admits that a black coach today probably wouldn’t have to endure the bigotry faced by the legendary Thompson in the 1970s.

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