Who’s The Guard?

Posted by VeRonda Wicks November 12th, 2008

You know, I was thinking about my previous post on Allen Iverson and the position he plays on the court. He’s a guard, but for those of you who don’t know what his role is all about, he’s basically the coach on the court.

He ensures that everyone is where they need to be on the court and he’s able to see what plays would benefit the team the most and help them win. Guards are very smart and they usually possess the trust of their teammates through great decision making and positive team morale. Words can’t always describe how much they actually do and they’re definitely not always acknowledged for what they bring to the table. Without guards, the other players would just run up and down the court without any direction…

Allen Iverson - 2005 All Star Game - Goes Up For Two Points

So, now you’ve got it, right? You now know what the guard position is all about!

Now, you can catch a basketball game or two and tell your significant other all about how that guard is working stuff out on the court, right (You know it, I’m cracking myself up!)? Along with this though (Seriously!), I really want you to identify the guards in your life. I’m all about self awareness and I believe everyone has a process… Everybody’s different. So, I can’t judge you for the time it takes you with your process and vice versa (Stop judging people! LOL!… K, I’m back.). But, what we can do is appreciate those folks who help to make our lives easier. Life is crazy sometimes and a quick “Thank You” goes a long way.

Hey, you never know (That’s all I’m saying!)… You just never know how much your words can help someone else. Go find that guard in your life!

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More Than The Answer

Posted by VeRonda Wicks November 10th, 2008

The lack of gun control around the nation is no surprise, right? Parents worry about the balance between wanting their children to play outside and the reality of harm confronting their children everyday while being outside-or inside, for that matter. Children, on any given school day, can be greeted by a classmate’s weapon. But there are some out there (I’m soooo glad there are…) who choose to use their celebrity to help fight in the effort for positive change.

Allen Iverson, (Yes, you guessed it, A.K.A. The Answer or A.I.) the veteran and dynamic guard just recently traded to the Detroit Pistons, donated $100,000 to support the Newport News Police Department’s “Gun Buy Back” program (Yay, A.I.!). The program is a joint effort between the police department and the Peninsula Community Foundation and is geared toward major urban centers… The idea is to offer residents money in return for guns-no questions asked.

Iverson says he can remember growing up in Newport News, and that if his donation helps to prevent one less child from being killed, then it is more than worth it. You know I like to find the good out there, and no matter the various ways you can take this, I feel like this extraordinary and resilent basketball star has made a statement off the court that far outweighs his genious and skill on the court.

I hope he finally gets that championship with Detroit!

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Categories: Basketball

This Moment

Posted by VeRonda Wicks November 6th, 2008

I was watching ESPN today and was amazed that the historic election of the first African-American president (elect) even reached the wide world of sports.

Now, apart from Barack Obama’s love for basketball and his desire to see the college football rankings done differently (The rankings process has been under great scrutiny.), I was shocked that he had  become a serious part of sports media analysis. I really didn’t think this event would have received much air time on the sport shows… but, indeed, this news brought out the best of the best in professional sports…

Kobe Bryant, who openly voted for Obama, expressed how this time in history shows young people that they can do anything and that “thing” doesn’t have to be sports’ focused. Michael Irvin, National Football League Hall of Famer, discussed the pride he felt about this moment in time and how far his people had come. Athletes and sports’ analysts alike were divulging what the election of the 44th president meant to them.

While I sat there watching all the sports’ news of the day, I was glad to have been part of this historically moment.

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Brute Force of Perseverance

Posted by VeRonda Wicks November 3rd, 2008

Strength is a magical thing, isn’t it?… It shows up in different forms. There is influential and perceived strength. There’s also mental, emotional, and physical strength. And strength wouldn’t be just that without a patient strength or an amazingly hidden strength that we may only see once and a while. One of the NBA’s top finishers around the rim, Amare Stoudemire-ironically donning #1 on his jersey-seizes the magic of strength personified… (Yes, this is a feel good one for ya!).

Amare Stoudemire

This guy, Stoudemire, power forward/center for the Phoenix Suns, amazed me as I learned the story of his undeniable strength acquired at an early age. His father died when he was 12 and his mother endured hard ships from her actions for surviving. Although he was without his dad and often left without his mother, Stoudemire possessed treasures that were already instilled in him from his parents… His father taught him and his older brother to stand tall and talented. Standing tall is what this virtually unstoppable, 6 foot 10 inches of solid man carried into adulthood.

His reality of survival and staying above water is what made Stoudemire such a shoo-in for the professional world of basketball straight out of high school. His work ethic and determination for better tomorrows served to be well thought out. Stoudemire represents that no matter how difficult and unrealistically unfair the world can be there is a way if there is a will.

I just wanted to share some goodness, y’all.

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Remember Well…

Posted by VeRonda Wicks October 31st, 2008

How do you remember someone who meant a great deal?…

My uncle meant a great deal to me and his death was one of my hardest experiences. He thought enough of me to leave me a few keepsakes to remember him by… He died when I was much younger, but the irony lies in one special treasure. He left me his jewelry pouch… And at the time I was like, oh thanks. It didn’t dawn on me then that today one of my greatest joys would be to travel. I just love to go-I love to see other places (Hubby does, too, so it’s perfect!) and other people. And from this love I get to take my uncle’s gift all over the world (Thanks Uncle!).

Jewelry Pouch

I share this because the New Orleans Hornets’ David West has a similar story (Sorta). His college coach, Skip Prosser, died unexpectedly while jogging, but the coach’s motto, seize the day, stayed with West. He took that saying and had it etched into his skin to remind him to always optimize the day… Yep, “Carpe” is donned on his left calf, while “Diem” completes the right (You guessed it, “Seize the Day” in Latin.). What better way to honor someone and acknowledge how his legs are crucial to his success?

For me, you never can be reminded too much to optimize today… Be sure you do!

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Can’t Risk It

Posted by VeRonda Wicks October 29th, 2008

Okay, when you have children, they become your pride and joy, right? You don’t want any harm to come to them and you consciously pledge to put their lives before your own (Thanks, Mom!). I mean, give or take a couple time outs and go-to-your-room moments, children can be wonderful, correct (Uh, this is all from what I gather… our babies have four legs.)? Point is, you wouldn’t take any chances…

So, I was wondering why it appears that some NFL players are falling ill to staph infections… Yes, staph infections. The same infection known for it’s mutating ability and inability to respond to antibiotics. The current, most notable carrier is Cleveland Browns’ Kellen Winslow (He’s had it twice.).

Now, we all know this particular infection is found primarily in hospitals (We do all know this, right?… Just kidding, it’s okay if ya didn’t.) because of all the germs (I’m so about to yak.). So, why is it showing its contagious head in professional players’ locker rooms? More importantly, what can be done so these teams’ “pride and joys” aren’t put in harms’ way?

I mean, these guys represent a product and when the product isn’t functioning properly, all the stakeholders suffer, right?… (Warning parents: This statement is in no way comparing your precious off springs to such a product. I agree they are perfect angels with wings made of sugar.)… Okay, I’m back!

How can they stop these germs from prevailing? And thanks, Sheila from Ma Vie Folle, for the heads up on this story…

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It Was Good To See…

Posted by VeRonda Wicks October 27th, 2008

Yes, it was good to see Chris Paul (A.K.A. CP3), of the New Orleans Hornets, sponsoring an event that benefits organizations around his hometown of Winston-Salem, N.C. I didn’t even know he liked to bowl (Go figure.) and apparently he’s some sort of phenom on the hardwoods (Uh, yes, I’m referring to the bowling alleys [not the basketball court]… It was just cuter to say “hardwoods”.).

This event [the Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational] brought out the likes of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (A.K.A. King James… Yeah, don’t get me started on the nic name. LOL! He is a beast though.), Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, and many others. They were teamed up with professional bowlers and just raised money knocking down pins.

So, like Hubby and I often discuss, these beasts of athletic cooperation (I just cracked myself up saying that.) are just gifted to play-and often times this collaborative talent includes sports outside the one they’re actually getting paid to play…

You know, it really encourages me to do more of what I know I can (and like) to do… I am a true believer in doing what you love and what you’re passionate about. This is a good example of that. These guys played for a good cause, put on a show of their athletic prowess, and had fun.

I’m going to ask Hubby if he wants to go bowling… (LOL! I know I have some shoes somewhere around here.).

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Categories: Basketball

High-Paid Help!

Posted by VeRonda Wicks October 22nd, 2008

Now, would you ask your teacher to write your paper for you or ask your parents (back in the day, of course) to do your chores?… (Some of you would, wouldn’t you?… Okay, I’m back). Well, it was a major surprise (more like a slight chuckle) when I saw Tiger Woods, golf’s elite, on the greens as a caddie…

You read it right… Woods was honoring the Buick’s “Tee it Up with Tiger” sweepstakes and yes, he was the prize… caddied for the winner while he played the back nine. Now that’s an assistant, huh?

Okay, I appreciate the whole servitude theme. I’m all for doing stuff for people (Sometimes. LOL!) and when you give of yourself and time people really appreciate you. What I am most stoked (Did I say “stoked”? That is totally my girlfriend’s word and not mine.) about is that he, the best in the game, was there giving advice and tips to this guy!!…

I would have to say Kobe Bryant would be my caddie (I first thought of Michael Jordan, but they’re both similar in their aptitude for the game)… My Boo, A.K.A. Hubby, needed time to think before he shared who his caddie was (I still didn’t get a name. LOL!). Who’s the “caddie” of your fave sport?

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Categories: Golf

You Said How Much?

Posted by VeRonda Wicks October 20th, 2008

I’m curious… Have you ever been presented with an offer that was simply too good to turn down, or, for that matter, too good to be true? What did you end up doing, and, what was your process for thinking things through?

(Ugh!) I presented myself with the same question (Obviously!) because I’m intrigued by how we make decisions and how it appears that everyone has a price… Now, remember when you were younger and someone said “I’ll give you a dollar if you do (You fill in the blank.)”? So, with this in mind, what exactly would you do for 50 million (dollars, that is)?… I’ll wait…

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant, the prolific L.A. Lakers guard and THE best player in the NBA (Completely ignore the bias.), was apparently “offered” (I say this loosely as I believe it was more of a proposition, not a contract.) 50 big ones to play in Italy… Yes! You want to know which airline he took or if he took a private plane, right (LOL!)? For those who don’t know, Bryant spent a great deal of his life there and is obviously fluent. I say “do you”… He isn’t hurting for money, but additional income wouldn’t hurt. He should do what’s best for him and his family… (This is hilarious to me ‘cause I would be picking up my red sauces and dusting off Hubby’s Borsalino hat. LOL!).

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Categories: Basketball

Oh Well… (Sorta) Part Deux

Posted by VeRonda Wicks October 17th, 2008

Yes, the title is a little extra (I just felt it!), but I needed to bring emphasis to the previous post, where I went on about the “love thang” reunion…

Well, here goes…

– The fat lady is singing (a little hoarse by now).

– Someone has rendered the death wish.

– The pig is out of the blanket (Okay, not too sure about that one, but hey.).

I’ll stop there… The point is that the L.A. Dodgers, indeed, fell to the Philadelphia Phillies. And, although the Boston Red Sox came back to pull off a win over the Tampa Bay Rays, Manny Ramirez won’t meet up with his old compadres.

This is a lesson to all of us… It’s never a good idea to flaunt what you have now in front of what you once had. The best thing to do is just let it go… (Or, to go with the proverbial theme; Let sleeping dogs lye.).

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Categories: Baseball