The Summer’s 3 Most Important People

LeBron James: The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority (Kenneth Blanchard) Peculiarly, the third NBA title tying LeBron with friend Dwyane Wade is the footnote to his summer, one in which he laid back, sat out the Olympic team, became the highest paid player in the NBA, was active on social media regarding…

Derrick Rose and the Absence of Malice

Eighteen hours after the Derrick Rose civil suit was made public last summer, the media complex latched onto the sordid nature of the allegations against him in spectacular fashion. ¬†Morning television shows provided Rose’s lawyer an opportunity to describe the charges against him by a former girlfriend as being baseless, a subjective lens¬†to be sure.…

Who Is Mateen Cleaves?

This is Mateen Cleaves time of year. This anticipatory excitement that the March Madness myth making is all about. This hype leading up to the Thursday and Friday tournament matchups. This countdown as the hours dwindle down. This nerve wracking moment for the players who can’t sleep. This same strategy by every coach begging defense.…

LeBron: Saying Nothing is Saying Everything

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that really matter (Martin Luther) The tense emotions roiling the black community of Cleveland following the business as usual legal decision to not file charges against the cop who shot Tamir Rice to death has drifted into the LeBron James’ orbit. James…

Opening Statements In Thabo Sefolosha Trial

In a perfect world, Thabo¬†Sefolosha¬†would be¬†preparing¬†for a pre-season game against LeBron James but¬†Thabo Sefolosa is 800 miles north, in a courtroom in Manhattan Criminal Court where he will be judged by a jury of four women, two men, one of whom is black. The selection of a juror with similar racial compositions to the Atlanta…