I've been thinking about taking the step to get back to the game, to take the step to really coaching. So, this is the next step. Definitely don't want to go back full time, not yet, but I'm thinking that with the addition of Rowan to the Gadling/Smith/Munez family group, it will definitely be easier to balance.
After watching the guys get eliminated from the first round and how defeated they look, I'm already in touch with them.
I love this game. I'm ready to be back in it more.
He challenged his fellow white men, especially his fellow players, to start thinking about race in the NBA and in their world at large.
Kyle's honest in this. He talks about his own journey. His own coming to understand where his own biases were. He apologized for his missteps. He took ownership for not listening like he should have over the years.
Kyle and I are the same age. Came into the league around the same time. Played together for a couple of years as he journeyed around. His knees didn't give out as fast as mine did. And honestly, I love that he was the one to write this piece. I just wish and hope that more people will follow his lead ...
It starts like this ...
When the police break your teammate’s leg, you’d think it would wake you up a little.
When they arrest him on a New York street, throw him in jail for the night, and leave him with a season-ending injury, you’d think it would sink in. You’d think you’d know there was more to the story.
Go read it. It's powerful and passionate and see, our black teammates can talk about this issue until they can't breathe anymore ... but it's up to those of us who aren't black to make changes and lead.
The kids who come into Utah know the drill. It isn't like they haven't played in these situations before. Utah isn't the only lily white fanbase full of crap. But last night, it boiled over.
I wasn't watching. I was at the park with the kids and then trying to get them wrestled into bed. But I saw and I heard and I for one, am so glad that Salt City responded the way they did. They didn't waste any time, they had their evidence, and they sided with the players and not the dumbass fan being a racist fuck. And I honestly don't think they should have fined Westbrook for defending himself, but there are rules and regs we have to follow for interacting with the fans. But I tell you, I hope the players on Salt City step up to pay his fine.
Wondering what I'm rambling about? Here you go.
1. This, to me, isn't about football. It's about the power of team. It's about the family we are when we're focused on the same goal. It's about the love of a coach for his players, the love of players for each other. It's about the love of parents for their kids as they play.
2. Most of the kids in this video, they aren't going on to play professionally. Some are going to be coaches or trainers. Most will just look back with fondness regarding the time when they put their bodies through hell for the love of a game.
3. Every single one of these kids should be paid for the work they do. That isn't the point I'm making here.
This video, this is why we play. Some kid's phone rings while coach is speaking. Which is ALWAYS against the rules. And when he answers it, everything changes. The moment the team hears the news, they are around him, cheering, holding him up.
See, sports reminds us all that damn hard work pays off. Some of it is luck, some of it is timing, and almost all of it is showing up and doing the work. You aren't getting past pee-wee leagues if you don't put in the work.
Congrats, kid. You deserve this.
His mom called in the middle of team huddle... to tell him he’s officially on scholarship.— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) February 28, 2019
To the guy that does everything right, congratulations Kyle Lanterman! #UBoyz #WeArentCryingYouAre pic.twitter.com/4m4MMRySS9
But I tell you ... Jonah might be AJ's shadow, but he looks just like me. This little one? She's totally her mother.
1. It impacts your contract. Players get bonuses for being named to the game.
2. It impacts your visibility. Visibility is what gets endorsements.
3. It impacts trade ability and contract negotiation in free agency. If you're an All Star, teams take a more favorable look at you.
The All Star game is a joke. I know. I went three times and turned it down a couple of times. It's a mastubatory love fest for league sponsors who want to get up close and personal to people who line their pockets.
So why am I rambling nonsensically about a joke? Because a dude I played with starting in his rookie year was snubbed and snubbed hard. He's the number one defensive player in the league and he wasn't even named to the reserves team, which is voted on by the coaches. The league preaches defense all damn day and then ignores the defensive players in the small markets. What's worse, is he was at his press conference today after practice (it's an annoying requirement) and he was talking about how his mother called him crying about it, how he got emotional about it, and he got worked up and walked away and now sports social media is dragging him for showing emotion.
Can't fucking win.
Look, the All Star game is a joke. But until the league stops pretending like it matters, it's an important joke.
Anyway, the game was fantastic. Salt City is holding it together and I'm so proud of the kids who are bursting out of nowhere the last couple of years. Best thing to ever happen to Donovan and Ricky was my retirement, honestly. And watching Rudy go from the too long for his frame child to the man he's become ... I got to play with this beast and I am so honored.
This shot was captured during the game and I'm still in shock at just how high he got. Look at that length. I wasn't going to ramble about how much I love this game tonight, but then I was scrolling instagram and saw this picture and well, can't do anything but share this moment of beauty.
So I got a message from coach though, asking if I was ready to suit up. Even with my knees, he said, I'd still run circles around the kids. Nice try, but ... well ... maybe ... no. No, I shouldn't. No. (Dude, I'm kidding it isn't how the league works.)
Haven't run a wind sprint in a year anyway. I'd probably die.
But it was fun to taunt AJ with this morning. ;)
South African artist Karabo Poppy melds the power and creativity of basketball with her own roots in new downtown mural.
The whole article is here. And let me tell you, I just ... fucking love this, man. When my kids start asking why dad did something like play basketball ... I'm just gonna show them this.