Check out the Ball brothers getting official uniforms for this upcoming season in Lithuania. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Big Baller Brand is out here making power moves. The season begins January 9th.
Former NBA All Star Baron Davis is producing a new documentary about Cali’s Drew League which is the nations foremost pro-am basketball league. The league has gained national recognition from stars like Lebron James, Kobe Bryant & Kevin Durant to name a few.
I can’t add a darn thing to what Mark Cuban has said about SMU basketball other than to highlight the following quotes and relate them to the college’s broader educational and financial goals:
Treat Your Customers Like Gold (Even If You Call Them Students)
“You have to know who your ongoing season ticket holders are and respect and appreciate them. You can not do enough to reward them. It is hard to personally respond to 5k or more account holders, but it is something you have to work at. The greater the renewal rate the fewer the tickets you have to sell next year. Fans know when you care. You can’t fake it. It is hard work, but it has to be done. Know your customers and treat them like gold.”
If colleges better understood this, you wouldn’t be seeing such high freshman and sophomore attrition rates at so many schools. Yes, I know, it’s not sports. But some principles are universal. And, to those who rightly claim we shouldn’t coddle our students, it’s important to note, by suggesting we should be “treating them like gold” on the academic side, I’m not contending we keep them constantly entertained or pamper them. Rather, I’m suggesting we care about them as if they were are own children. If we did, we wouldn’t allow them to skate through and graduate unprepared, we wouldn’t offer useless courses and majors, we wouldn’t allow them to bury themselves under mountains of debt and we’d be damned sure alltheir teachers were competent.
Fill the Seats
“The sports industry is changing. TV is becoming a growing revenue source while ticket sales are a declining percentage of total revenues of TV sports. IMHO, it is far more important to know the price points that will enable you to fill the arena than to know the price points that will max out your total revenue. Why ? Because winning matters. It is important to have fans in the stands. They impact your winning percentage. And personally, I believe that winning increases long term profitability.”
Filling your beds at a residential college is an imperative IMHO. I can’t understand residential colleges that price themselves out of the market and have empty dorm beds. It’s no way to maximize revenue (those capital costs are sunk) and, more importantly, it’s no way to create positive momentum and an atmosphere of success. Once we learned the price points and got a top-notch person running enrollment, it was pretty easy filling the beds at the college I served because we wanted a full house and knew that some of our competitor schools were willing to lose enrollment. It was a mistake on their part to forfeit market share and allow negative momentum to take root on their campuses.
Don’t Choose Worthless Majors
“Everyone majors in sports marketing. There is no more worthless major.Every school seems to have a major in sports management . Why do the schools and kids think that across the tens of thousands of graduates from these programs there is going to be a job than even comes close to paying off their student loans. Do the math.”
Just because a school offers a major doesn’t mean it’s smart to select it. Colleges aren’t overly concerned with your future. They offer certain niche majors that students think they want, but most of the time it’s because the students don’t know any better.
Good Sales Persons Have Job Security
“Lets say there are 120 top pro teams. This article says there are about 12k sports marketing grads each year. The competition for jobs at pro teams is so brutal that we don’t have to pay much. Yet schools keep signing up kids. If schools want to have any value to sports teams they should offer degrees in Sales. Not sports sales. Just sales. Teach kids to sell and they can get jobs anywhere anytime. Teach kids sports management and you improve their chances of getting a job at Fridays.”
I’ve made this point earlier: if you know how to sell and are good at it, you’ll never be without a job. And if you have a good head on your shoulders, you’ll always have a good job.
Security Is Not Rooted in Tenure
It Comes From Doing Your Job Better Than Other People Do Theirs
“At the Mavs we value customer satisfaction and sales. We want you to have an amazing time at a game. We want our advertiser/sponsors to get amazing value from their Mavs partnerships. We want to have enough great salespeople to reach out and communicate all of the above. Every team can not have enough great salespeople.”
I used to preach at our college that everyone is an admissions and retention counselor. If everyone works together to ensure the customer’s (student’s) experience is top shelf (in the case of college, a great education and job readiness while having fun), then it’s an unstoppable combination. Unfortunately, the rhetoric notwithstanding, many people who work at our colleges think the college is primarily there for the faculty and staff and not the students. It shows. Look at their results (pathetic graduation rates and job-placement records and shameful lack in improvement in their students’ critical thinking abilities and communication skills).
Any college that does its job extremely well should be just fine (because many of their competitors aren’t doing theirs well). Stated differently, when you place your students first, you’ll create the most job security for yourself and the best working environment. Conversely, if you don’t have students, no amount of tenure will be enough to save jobs and no amount of tradition will assure long-term viability. Colleges that are closing or laying off faculty and staff primarily have themselves to blame. But, of course, they like to see themselves as victims. That mindset is a good part of the reason they’re failing.
But getting everyone to think and act like an admissions and retention counselor is no easy task.
This story right here is heartfelt I love reading about inspirational stories like this. As a parent of a child with downs I know how hard each and everyone of them work to do the basic things we take for granted. The best part about this video is the support behind him everyone in the community is cheering him on. Coach Mullins has Grow practice 3 Pointers everyday and the Owls dont end practice until he hit’s a free throw.
A 6’7 middle school talent whose potential is sky high. This kid is already above the rim dunking he is a good rebounder an his outside shot is improving. Look out for him in the class of 2018.
Wow this kid is flying he almost kills defender in the process.
This is beyond messed up this guy decides to propose to his girlfriend at the Ucla game, not only did his girl say no watch & see what she does. She must have been cheating on him and felt guilty is my opinion.
2K Sports released NBA 2K12 Demo earlier this week, and by the looks of it could be the best one yet. Though the NBA 2012 season looks bleak NBA 2K12 gives fans something to look forward to.
Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton is currently wanted for murder. He has been charged in the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Jullian Jones, a mother of four who was gunned down Aug. 19 on an Atlanta street. Crittenton allegedly killed Jones with shots fired from a dark-colored SUV, police said. Investigators don’t believe Jones was the intended target. Crittenton’s motive appeared to be retaliation for an April robbery in which Crittenton was a victim. He played 113 NBA games (including 22 with the Lakers in 2007-08), and was also a key piece in the trade to land Pau Gasol. Crittenton’s pro career was derailed by a gun-related incident involving Gilbert Arenas in the Wizards’ locker room during the 2009-10 season, leading to a lengthy suspension.
CBS recently released its top 5 to the its Eyes On Basketball Elite 100 list. Their goal was to create the best ranking of players based on total value, which consisted of everything from respect, status and upside to statistical production and intangibles. Three NBA bloggers ranked every player, then they took the averages to determine their rankings.
This list in my opinion is all screwed up, who the hell was responsible for the release of this list? After his finals performance I don’t think Lebron should be #1 on this list, heck I don’t think he should be above Dirk or Wade at this point. Kobe’s a little low for me but I am a Lakers fan so I’ll just accept the ‘hes aging argument’. Blake Griffin in the top 10 is just ludicrous, as well as putting Pau and Amar’e higher than Melo and Deron Williams. I also feel Deron is a better PG at this point his career than Russell Westbrook but an argument can be made for both. Kevin Love at 18!? Your joking right? Andrew Bynum got a very generous 25 considering his injury troubles and inconsistent play (did I say I was a Lakers fan? Lol). As the list goes on it gets worse with guys like Joakim Noah and Andre Iguodala making the top 30 be for players like: Rudy Gay, Danny Granger, and Gerald Wallace. Take a look at the top 40 let me know what you think. Heres the link to 41-100 on the list: http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22748484/31276005
|1.||Lebron James||SF||Miami Heat|
|2.||Dwight Howard||C||Orlando Magic|
|3.||Dirk Nowitzki||PF||Dallas Mavericks|
|4.||Dwyane Wade||SG||Miami Heat|
|5.||Derrick Rose||PG||Chicago Bulls|
|6.||Kobe Bryant||SG||Los Angeles Lakers|
|7.||Kevin Durrant||SF||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|8.||Chris Paul||PG||New Orleans Hornets|
|9.||Pau Gasol||PF||Los Angeles Lakers|
|10.||Blake Griffin||PF||Los Angeles Clippers|
|11.||Amar’e Stoudemire||PF||New York Knicks|
|12.||Zach Randolph||PF||Memphis Grizzlies|
|13.||LaMarcus Aldridge||PF||Portland Trailblazers|
|14.||Russell Westbrook||PG||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|15.||Carmelo Anthony||SF||New York Knicks|
|16.||Deron Williams||PG||New Jersey Nets|
|17.||Tim Duncan||PF||San Antonio Spurs|
|18.||Kevin Love||PF||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|19.||Manu Ginobili||SG||San Antonio Spurs|
|20.||Steve Nash||PG||Phoenix Suns|
|21.||Kevin Garnett||PF||Boston Celtics|
|22.||Rajon Rondo||PG||Boston Celtics|
|23.||Chris Bosh||PF||Miami Heat|
|24.||Al Horford||C||Atlanta Hawks|
|25.||Andrew Bynum||C||Los Angeles Lakers|
|26.||Nene Hilario||C||Denver Nuggets|
|27.||Paul Pierce||SF||Boston Celtics|
|28.||Tony Parker||PG||San Antonio Spurs|
|29.||Joakim Noah||C||Chicago Bulls|
|30.||Andre Iguodala||SF||Philadelphia 76ers|
|31.||Marc Gasol||C||Memphis Grizzlies|
|32.||Kevin Martin||SG||Houston Rockets|
|33.||Lamar Odom||PF||Los Angeles Lakers|
|34.||Tyson Chandler||C||Dallas Mavericks|
|35.||Rudy Gay||SF||Memphis Grizzlies|
|36.||Eric Gordon||SG||Los Angeles Clippers|
|37.||Andrew Bogut||C||Milwaukee Bucks|
|38.||Danny Granger||SF||Indiana Pacers|
|39.||Monta Ellis||SG||Golden State Warriors|
|40.||Gerald Wallace||SF||Portland Trailblazers|
Other Notable Screw Ups
- At 42 David West above guys like Joe Johnson (44), Josh Smith (45), James Harden (46), Luis Scola (48), Ray Allen (49), and Tyreke Evans (50)
- At 62 Elton Brand above Brandon Jennings (66) and Devin Harris (72)
- Danilo Gallinari is too high at 73 for me.
- JJ Reddick at 96 above Ron Artest (97) and Brandon Roy (100)
Kobe made an appearence at the Drew League in Los Angeles where he hit the game winning shot over James Harden to give his team the 139-137 win.
Lebron James was recently in Taiwan as part of his agreement with Nike. Somebody should have told him to bring his game and some effort on the trip with him. The video shows the Taiwanese player lunge and knock the ball away from James, leading to a dunk on the other end.
Reports are that The University of Miami football program has been implicated in an improper-benefits scandal allegedly involving dozens of players over much of the past decade. A former Miami booster, Nevin Shapiro (currently serving a 20 year prison sentence for masterminding a $930 million Ponzi scheme) told Yahoo Sports that he provide benefits to as much as 72 of the university’s football players and other athletes between 2002 and 2010. In the interview, Shapiro stated he gave money, cars, yacht trips, jewelry, televisions, and other gifts to a number of players. He also claims that then-Miami football and basketball coaches had full knowledge that he was braking NCAA rules. Shapiro said he once paid $10,000 to help secure the commitment of a basketball recruit, and that Frank Haith (then-Miami basketball coach) acknowledged the transaction in a conversation.
The NCAA is investigating the matter, which could lead to significant sanctions for the accomplished program. The University of Miami often refered to as ‘The U’, is known for being a football factory giving us players like: Jim Kelly, Warren Sapp, Sean Taylor, Jim Otto, Michael Irvin, Frank Gore, Ray Lewis, Devin Hester, Ed Reed, and Andre Johnson to name just a few. Miami has won five national titles since their program began in 1926, their last coming in 2001. But the program has struggled in recent years, it has also been found guilty of major violations on five occasions, most recently in 2003. This investigation could lead to the demise of a program that many of us witness dominate and produce hall of fame and pro bowl football players for most of the decade. With schools like USC and Ohio State currently on the hot seat, outsiders are beginning to notice the length at which these schools are willing to go to stay on top. Even if they have to break the rules of the NCAA.
This is Vado’s BBall anthem of the summer. Team Nike player’s Adris “2 Hard 2 Guard” Deleon & Quinton “T2 Hosley living the song lyrics. They have been dominating opponents all summer so far. This is a good video with the right song & the right Slime!!!