The game of basketball may be one of the greatest and well-known games in the world today. Thousands of athletes have played the sport at the professional level, each of them contributing to the growth and influence of basketball in their own way. Some influenced the public outside of playing basketball games, while others left fans in awe with their unbelievable talent. One question lies in every basketball fan’s mind, however. Who is the greatest and most successful basketball player in the history of the game? For most, the name that comes to mind when asked the question is Michael Jordan. Jordan grew up in North Carolina, where he also attended college at the University of North Carolina. He grew up to be considered one of, if not the best
When most people think about Michael Jordan, they think about him as the greatest basketball player who ever played. However, Jordan was not only a basketball player, but someone who influenced the American culture and society. Jordan’s influence was one that had never been seen before. Whether it was through basketball or his own brand, Jordan was making everyone want “to be like Mike”. Through Michael Jordan’s athletic success on the court, he was able to make himself and his brand into a cultural icon, which had a great impact on the game of basketball, fashion, marketing, and the economy in America.
After a press conference, the that it thought that Johnson had just pronounced his own death sentence. Earvin "Magic" Johnson, former basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers (position was point guard), shocked the world on November 7, 1991 when he told that he had caught HIV the disease that causes AIDS. He has been living with it for the last 20 years of his life.
Carmelo Kyam Anthony was born in Brooklyn, New York, 1984. He was the youngest of four children and was raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Anthony experienced a rough childhood. When he was just two years of age, his father Carmelo Iriarte, passed the way from liver failure. This left the care of him and his three older siblings in his mothers’(Mary Anthony) hands, who worked as a housekeeper. While the neighborhood around the Anthony family was a rough, drug- infested area of Baltimore known as the “Pharmacy”, Mary kept her children in a tight and short circle. She particularly pushed Melo to be successful and stay ahead with his schoolwork. Anthony began playing basketball at a young age, but it wasn 't until he got cut from his high school team
Struggle; segregation; hard work; a few of many words that reverberate throughout your head when you think of, Oscar Palmer Robertson. Perhaps the most significant, valuable, and crucial word that comes to mind though, basketball.The “ How good is Oscar Robertson?” Red Auerbach - a highly respected NBA coach for many years- once said, “He is so good he scares me.” His sheer talent and dedication got him to the National Basketball Association (NBA), but his, hard work and will to win kept him there. He was a marvelous player, and an even more spectacular person. He journeyed through life before, after, and during his NBA career, with a smile and determined look. Oscar, is truly an inspiration.
I read the realistic fiction novel, Foul Trouble by John Feinstein. The book is told from the point of view of third person. It was told in third person because the story was about two different people. Terrell Jamerson the best basketball player in the country went to a basketball camp with Danny wilcox and college scouts are there watching. Everyone wants to be all up on Terrell and Danny doesn’t get to be with him as much. All of the people like shoe places, agents and other people can make Terrell get in trouble. Danny then starts to play really good and the recruiters start watching him.
“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”(“LBJ Quotes.”). Johnson was a man who didn 't focus on the past but spent his life to make the future better. He didn 't want power for himself but to empower the people that were poor and discriminated. Lyndon B. Johnson was a great leader and person who grew through all his struggles, and left a lasting positive impact on civil rights in this country.
Over the past few years the NCAA has been in the news for suspending players for illegal merchandising and benefiting from their likeness. This has kick started the argument that college athletes should be paid, some would argue that getting a scholarship is paying them enough. But the NCAA makes millions of dollars on player likeness every year and the players do not get a dime. It is the responsibility of the NCAA to provide a thorough education to subsidize athletes for their likeness that brings the university they play for millions of dollars per year.
Jackie Robinson was a man of many talents. He grew up in time of segregation, yet somehow managed to power through the abuse of society and become successful. He was a kind man, with incredible patience on and off the baseball field. As well as competing in a wide variety of sports in high school, Robinson would go on to accomplish his dream of playing professional baseball. He would also go on to be the first African-American athlete to compete in an all white league. Jackie would later be inducted into the baseball hall of fame, while also receiving countless awards for how he played the game.
Nearly two weeks have passed since Lamar Odom was discovered unconscious in a private suite in a Nevada brothel. Nearly one week has passed since Lamar Odom was transferred from Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. But while the location has changed, the view for Lamar Odom is likely the same. From his hospital bed, Lamar can see the machines that help the medical staff at Cedars-Sinai monitor his condition. He can see Khloe Kardashian, his formerly estranged wife, who reportedly hasn't left his side since his October 13 hospitalization. Lamar Odom can also probably see a television. In three days, the 2015-2016 NBA season kicks off, and Lamar Odom won't be on any court this year. He won't wear any team's uniform this season, but reportedly, he has vowed
Dick Butkus was born on December 9th, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois. He weighed only thirteen pounds and six ounces. Out of the eight children in his family, he was the first to be born in a hospital. Don Butkus and Emma Butkus was his parents. They lived on the south side of the city, which meant that his family and him lived in a bad neighborhood. By the time he was in fifth grade, he wanted to play football.
A Turkish proverb states, “ No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back.” In other words, one mistake doesn’t ruin someone’s life, so don’t be afraid to pick a different path to go down. This is tremendously impactful for society because so many people get caught down the wrong road when there is always another option somewhere else. Two people who live by this proverb are Thomas Edison and Michael Jordan. A piece of literature which contains the same theme is The Odyssey, and a current event which pertains to the idea is the presidential election.
A leader is someone who takes charge when it matters the most. Even when the odds are completely against them they push on to reach their goal. The person I believe is a great leader is Wardell Stephen Curry II. Stephen Curry dreamed of going to the NBA and be just like his dad Dell Curry. Steph Curry was doubted all his life due to his size though. He stood at the height of 5’6 in the 10th grade which made it hard for him to follow his dream. The summer of his sophomore year he decided to change his shot for the better. He averaged 20 points a game but it wasn’t enough for colleges to notice him. He ended up going to Davidson college where he later lead them to the be the NCAA final 8 but lost in the semi-finals, and during his time in college