Athlete compensation?

I’ve heard this debate for years. Do athletes deserve to be paid? I honestly think they should, but I’m not blind to the fact that only certain athletes bring in revenue to the school. I believe that if nothing else the athletes that play in the NCAA championship and tournament should receive some type of pention for their play. I say that because everybody, but the athlete gets paid. Roy Williams got a 900k dollar bonus for winning the national championship. What did the athletes receive? T-shirts, hats and memories. The NCAA makes loads of money off of these athletes and they constantly say that an athlete is a student first and athlete second. I believe that athletes are only students first when they’re in the offseason and during the summer. The ncaa treats athletes like sponges, they try to squeeze everything out of them before they leave. It’s a very unfair situation, they sell athletes jerseys and the athlete sees none of that money. There needs to be a some type of solution because I believe that the athlete could and will boycott the NCAA. Without any athletes there will be no revenue. 

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Time to Hush?

Over the course of this year Lonzo Ball has played basketball at a very high level. He’s developed a lot of talk, he’s even got talks of him becoming the number 1 pick in the draft, rightfully so. His father has talked very highly of him, which every father should do about their kid. At first it was, wow he has a lot of confidence in his son. Over the past few months though, his mouth is starting to become a question. Is it time for Lavar Ball to keep his mouth shut?

He’s come out and said lots of suspect things, such as his son is better than the reigning 2-time MVP Stephen Curry. Which I myself am not too big on Steph Curry so I let that go. Later on he started talking about how Lebron James’ kids won’t be as good as him. I started to pay more attention to him when he said that because I’m a huge Lebron fan. I am also a family man and  you never talk about anybodies family, I believe when it comes to family if you don’t have anything nice or positive to say keep it to yourself. Finally he then said he could beat arguably the greatest basketball player ever Michael Jordan in a game of 1 on 1. That’s when I started thinking to myself is it really about his sons or is it about him? I’m all for supporting your kid and I respect that he believes in all of us kids, but it’s starting to seem like he’s trying to live his old dream through his kids. That’s what I don’t like, I don’t think it’s cool to try to live through your kids. At the end of the day its about Lonzo, Gelo, and Melo not Lavar. Now this is no knock on his parenting because he’s obviously doing a wonderful job, but don’t make it about you.

I said all that to say this Lavar should start to watch what he says because people will start to target your sons because of what you say or do. Lonzo could always not live up to expectation and then Lavar would really  have his foot in his mouth. A lot that you say really could effect you in a positive or negative way.

High Jump

I used to tell my mom that I would go somewhere with track. I started out running long events like 800, 1600, the mile, etc. I always wanted to be a 100 runner, but I never had the footspeed for that. I had great stamina though, and I was great at pacing myself for my age. I found basketball and kind of gave up running because the NBA dream was in my head. It was in my head up until I was a senior in high school averaging a measly 6.5 points and zero division one offers coming out of high school. Flashback to my sophomore year and when I got back into track and field. 

I got back into track and field when my jumps coach saw me dunk in a basketball game. She came up to me that week during PE and said you should definitely try high jump. We did a practice meet and my first time jumping I cleared 6 foot, I honestly didn’t know how good that was. I ended up clearing 6’3 that year and winning the sectional championship. My Junior year I cleared 6’4 and went onto regionals, but didn’t make it to state. Senior year my coach and I had one goal that was to go to state and get a scholarship. Beginning of the season I jumped 6’6, a few days later I jumped 6’9. As the season progressed I jumped 6’10 and once tournament time rolled around I cleared 7 foot. I received a call from Coach Walker and he said I could be the best high jumper in louisville history and offered me later that week. 

I have this love/hate relationship with high jump. In my mind I am the best high jumper in the nation and sometimes it shows, sometimes it doesn’t. High jump is very frustrating because it’s so hard to do the same jump every time. As I get older and closer to my goals I’m starting to figure it out, that’s what makes it all worth it. I believe that I can get myself a national championship before I leave the university of louisville. 

Win or Else

As you all know Kevin Durant recently signed a 2 year deal with the already loaded Golden State Warriors. Here’s a little background on the Golden State Warriors. Last season they won a record breaking 73 games during the regular, capping off the greatest NBA regular season ever. They went down 3-1 against the OKC which threatened their run at a great post season. Heroics from Curry and Thompson surged them past the Thunder. The Golden State Warriors went to the NBA FINALS and went of 3-1 against Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. They ended up blowing the lead and cavs won their first championship in 55+ years. 

The summer came and the warriors signed Kevin Durant. This was huge news around the world because the warriors were already stacked, but adding arguably the second basketball player in the world to your team is HUGE. Kevin Durant can literally average 28 points a game in his sleep. He can score 30 on any given night and watching the warriors this season he’s had one 40 point game shooting less than 20 shots, that in itself is absolutely ridiculous to me. 

Adding Kevin Durant adds loads of pressure to him and the warriors. Why? Because if we’re all being honest they should’ve won last year. I’m very glad that they didn’t win, but lets face it they choked out those last 3 games. Adding Kevin Durant makes a loss in the finals this year all the summer time roster changes not worth it at all. Kevin Durant definitely took the easy way out and that’s going to taint his legacy no matter what, but losing will be a MAJOR HIT to his legacy. So, Kevin Duranr and the GS Warriors have no other option, but to win. 

Dechaun Watson

Through out the season the talk about who the best player in college football is and a lot of people were quick to say Lamar Jackson. While I have seen Lamar and think he has had one of the better college football seasons in recent history, I still believe Dechaun Watson is the best. Now some might say wow you go to louisville and you’re going to disrespect Lamar like that? *sigh* no, I love Lamar and think he will be a spectacular football player that has plenty of successful years left in him down the road. I just think overall production and making the winning play determines who is the best player. With that being said Dechaun Watson has made winning plays every single game. Clemson would definitely not be anywhere near where they are if it weren’t for Dechaun Watson. One example of that proves Dechaun is not only the best player, but a winner is when he went up against the grueling defense that is Alabama. They were hitting him left and right in the first half and everybody kind of wrote clemson off and proclaimed Bama this year’s national champion. The second half rolled around and it seemed like Dechaun couldn’t be stopped, he made play after play. He put his team in a position to win and they capitilized. He is a winning that you can count on during clutch moments and scenarios. If I could start my team around anybody not named Lamar Jackson it would definitely be Dechaun Watson. He shows poise and he gets the job done.