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FORMER LOS ANGELES LAKERS GUARD SMUSH PARKER HOSTS ELITE BASKETBALL CLINIC AT VENICE BEACH

By David Jordan Jr

A ball and a dream. That’s how it starts out for many young basketball players. The roundball and the dream of making it to the NBA. For Smush Parker this was a dream that became a reality. Through endless hours of hard work, perseverance, dedication and personal belief, Parkers was able to carve out a six-year NBA career while embarking on a successful career internationally despite not being drafted by an NBA team when he declared for the 2002 NBA draft. Parker returned to Los Angeles to host an Elite Basketball Clinic for kids at world famous Venice Beach. Free to attendees, this clinic focused on the fundamentals of the game while also emphasizing the importance of dedication, commitment and hard work to attaining goals.

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After today’s clinic, Parker spoke with ESHE Magazine Editor In Chief David Jordan Jr about the clinic and the importance of kids working hard to achieve their dreams.

Only Two

By David Jordan Jr

With the NBA Playoffs in full swing, the relationship with hip-hop music and basketball are on full display. Whether you’re inside an NBA Arena, watching a game on television or playing an intense game of NBA 2K on XBOX or PlayStation, hip-hop artist and their music are as visible in each of these aspects as the players are. There has always been the saying that ballplayers want to be rappers and rappers want to be ball players. Over the years there have been many NBA players that have stepped into the booth, dropped bars and released albums. Dana Barros, Chris Webber, Allen Iverson and Cedric Ceballos to name a few have all recorded albums that were released during their careers. The relationship between hoops and hip-hop presented a unique company of two individuals from both sides. NBA Legend and basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal and hip-hop legend and executive mogul Percy Miller a.k.a Master P, a.k.a. The Ice Cream Man hold the distinction as being the only two people to have ever played in the NBA that have also had albums that have reached platinum status. The mid to late 1990s was a time when hip-hop began to become a bigger part of NBA entertainment. Hip-hop stars frequented NBA games and NBA players were commonly seen in music videos on BET, MTV, vh1 and The Box (do you remember the box) either lacing tracks or simply making cameos. The 1998 and 1999 NBA Preseason would see Master P have the opportunity to continue a hoop dream deferred ( Miller attended the University of Houston on a basketball scholarship) by attending training camp and playing NBA preseason games with the Charlotte Hornets in 1998 and the Toronto Raptors in 1999. Shaquille O’Neal, then a Los Angeles Laker, had by that time released four studio albums, his first being Shaq Diesel (released in 1993) which went on to reach platinum status. By the time Master P had touched an NBA floor in 1998 he had two platinum albums under his belt (three by 1999 when he was in a Raptors uniform) along with game to legitimize his quest for an NBA roster spot. O’Neal and Miller both had the success which so many musicians and athletes have sought for so long; the opportunity to not only pursue a career in both music or sports but to also be highly successful in that realm.

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Shaq Diesel (1993) Platinum

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Former NBA And International Basketball Star Darwin Cook Named California Pacific Coach Of The Year

By David Jordan Jr

Former NBA and international basketball star Darwin Cook was named the California Pacific Conference Coach Of The Year. This was Darwin’s first year as a head coach on the collegiate level, as he took the reigns of the men’s basketball program at the University of Antelope Valley in spring 2017.  Bringing a wealth of  knowledge and experience from a successful nine year NBA career, Cook looked forward to not only teaching the game, but also winning. Cook’s first season as head coach would see him win not only Coach of the Year, but he would also lead the university to it’s first men’s regular season conference basketball title. Cook was very proud of his team and honored to be voted as coach of the year. “I am very honored to be selected as Coach of the Year and very proud of my team for believing in what my Associate Head Coach Jordan Mast and I preached; to always believe and work hard.” The continuance of success was also seen in his players as he had five players named to different all conference teams and the California Pacific Conference Most Valuable Player, played under Coach Cook as well. The continued success of Coach Cook on the hardwood is a true testament to his commitment to the game of basketball. Congrats Coach Cook.

Former UTM Skyhawk Tim Beattie To Be Inducted Into The Memphis Semipro Football Hall of Fame

By David Jordan Jr

Congratulations to Tim Beattie on his upcoming induction to the Memphis Semipro Football Hall of Fame. Beattie will be immortalized on December 23, 2017 in the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, Beattie achieved a tremendous amount of success on the high school, collegiate and professional levels of football in the state of Tennessee: 
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 Kingsbury High School (Memphis,TN) – 3-year  varsity lettermen
 1996 Best of the Preps
1996 All-District All-Region  All-State
Top 100 Players in Tennessee
District Champs 1994,1995
College:
University Of Tennessee at Martin (Martin, TN)
1998 Finished 4th in the Ohio Valley Conference in Scoring, 10 Touchdowns
1998 Set a team high for Touchdowns in a season(10)
1998 3rd All time to score multiple rushing Touchdowns in School History
1998 Selected to the UTM ALL-TIME ROSTER
Professional
2003 Memphis Panthers – 1252 yds 16 TDS
2004 Memphis Samurais – 1350 yds 11 TDS
2005 Murfreesboro Stingrays – 1790 yds 22 TDS lost in semi finals
2006 Memphis Blast – 1505 yds 12 TDS lost in semi finals 300 yds vs the Arkansas Rinos 5 TDS
2009- Memphis Semipro Football Hall Of Fame Honored me with the Showtime on the Gridiron Award
One quote from his Grandmother has deeply resonated with Beattie. “My grandmother always told me this quote growing up and it’s always stuck with me in every phase of life. “The race isn’t given to the swift nor to the strongest, but to the one who endures to the end. Ecclesiastes 9:11” In addition to playing football, Beattie has made a conscious effort to give back to the city of Memphis as an educator, mentor, coach and in his ministry of the word of GOD.

IV.

By David Jordan Jr

2016 is quickly coming to a close and with the exiting of this year, the basketball world saw the departure of four of the games greatest players. Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan each retired from the NBA, nearly closing a gap of the era of active basketball players that were apart of the spectrum which actually played against Michael Jordan (Bulls Era) and Magic Johnson. Stephon Marbury (another link to this era and Class of 1996) has been continuing his professional basketball career abroad in China and has continued to achieve greatness on and off the basketball court. ESHE has put together a photo essay of unique images from the careers of Duncan, Garnett, Bryant and Allen.

#NutCheck

By David Jordan Jr

I. Check out a vintage ESPN interview with the Fab Five as freshmen and also see highlights from their first official college game together against Eastern Michigan.

II. Extensive photo gallery of the Fab Five from the 1991-1992 season.

New Air

By David Jordan Jr

The 2016 NBA Off Season brought about many changes to rosters of many teams in the league. Franchise cornerstones, superstars and the once heralded “next big things” have all found themselves making new NBA arenas their full time homes while adorning jerseys that upon first glance make them look extremely odd to their die hard fans. When you think of certain players in the NBA, as it has always been, you affix certain players with certain cities. When one thinks of Los Angeles, Magic Johnson pops in the mind; 452e1dbe53bd8ca6bfa3d3a7aca3edf5 Chicago brings Michael Jordan to mind, Boston brings Larry Bird to mind. In recent years new NBA stars have become connected with their cities. The recently retired Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan are forever identified with Los Angeles, Minnesota and San Antonio respectively.garnett-kobe-duncan The evolving structure of the NBA, shorter contracts with more money and the lack of loyalty has created an atmosphere of “Right Now” being one of the most important factors in a player’s NBA career. Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant and Dwayne Wade will all be calling a different NBA city home for the 2016-2017 season. These three superstars have each been the cornerstones of their former teams and have been extremely successful individually as well as their teams. Now these superstars have taken their talents either by choice via free agency or force (trade) to new teams in hopes of using their greatness to be playing in June for a NBA Championship.
Wade County is no more. Dwayne Wade, three time NBA Champion, All NBA performer, 2006 Finals MVP and twelve time NBA All Star left the Miami Heat this summer to sign with the Chicago Bulls.wade7_300_060620 The dollars didn’t make sense in the end, which led to Wade returning back home to Chi-City in hopes of bringing a world championship to the team which he grew up idolizing as a child.

Chi-City has another hand in the ground shaking roster moves which took place in the NBA in the summer of 2016. Chicago native Derrick Rose was drafted by his hometown Chicago Bulls after an outstanding freshman season at the University of Memphis. Drafted by the Bulls in 2008, Rose’s impact was immediate, winning Rookie Of The Year and giving the city of Chicago something to see on a nightly basis, something that hadn’t happened since the retirement of Michael Jordan from the Bulls in 1999. 9310310224ac8bb4e6397d84147aae04Injuries hindered some of the growth of not only Derrick Rose as a player, but the Bulls as a team despite him winning Rookie of The Year (2009), NBA MVP in 2011 and being named to the NBA All Star Game. This summer the Bulls decided to trade Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks, a move which gives Rose an opportunity to rejuvenate his career with the guidance and influence of Knicks team president and former Bulls coach Phil Jackson.knicks-camp-basketball Championship guidance in the Mecca will provide the perfect foundation for D. Rose to tap into even more greatness.

KD. OKC. The aforementioned phrases have gone hand in hand since Kevin Durant’s arrival in the NBA. Playing his first NBA season in Seattle before the franchise moved to Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant began his career with a bang winning the 2008 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, the first of many individual NBA awards. During his time as a member of the OKC Thunder Durant won four scoring titles, made seven All Star Games, was named the league MVP in 2014, made six All NBA Teams and won two Olympic Gold Medals.aaqx068 Reaching the NBA Finals in 2012, the Thunder lost to the Miami Heat (led by Dwayne Wade and Lebron James) in five games. Deep playoff runs in the following seasons never produced a ring for Kevin Durant and the 3-1 collapse of the OKC Thunder in the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Playoffs proved to be the final straw as Kevin Durant a free agent signed with his conference rival (Golden State Warriors) during the summer free agency.
The 2016-2017 NBA season is finally upon us and the surprises of this past off season could prove to be prelude to what this year on the hardwood will provide the fans. These three players will be seeking to validate their greatness in new cities not only by individual play, but by the ultimate measure of greatness; team success.

From Newport News to Springfield

By David Jordan Jr

Today the Naismith Basketball Hall Of Fame will immortalize Allen Iverson forever with his induction into the greatest basketball fraternity ever. “The Answer” played every game like it was his last and played the game his way. All out, full of confidence and overflowing with passion and enthusiasm, Allen Iverson transcended the game of basketball not only with his talent, but with his aura. His approach to the game was simple; KILL. Each time Iverson stepped on the court, it was understood that his opponent was in for a long night and was subject to become a highlight on SportsCenter.LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 19:  Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on during an NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 19, 1996 at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1996 NBAE (Photo by Andy Hayt/NBAE via Getty Images) The God given talent was visible to anybody that had the privilege to watch him play, yet it was his passion for the game which truly connected us all to him. “The Answer” is 6’0 ( and that’s a stretch) and played between 160 and 165lbs, yet it was his exploits at this size that showed the world that anything is possible. Bethel High School provided the launching pad for greatness. It was at Bethel High where Allen first burst onto the national scene not only as a basketball prodigy but also as a phenomenal quarterback for Bethel’s football team, leading both the football and basketball team’s to state championships in the same year. We all know the events which took place during his high school years which could have derailed his life or permanently silenced Allen Iverson to the world, but his triumph over adversity is what makes his success inspiring. In an interview Iverson a few years ago said the things he encountered were because “God said go through it” and that he never questioned the things God allowed to happen in his life.88904377 God often gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers and through everything Allen Iverson has proven to be one of the toughest soldiers on earth.
Georgetown University and Men’s basketball coach John Thompson provided the perfect (and only) opportunity for Iverson to fully blossom on the court and to develop as a man. Thompson realized not only the enormous talent which Iverson possessed, but he also understood all of the things both good and bad that would be before Allen on the court and off the court and he prepared him for those things during his two years at Georgetown. Upon entering the NBA, his way of playing was not embraced by all of his peers and critics alike. The labels given to him not only for his on court play early in his career and his off court persona were unfairly given to him, yet it was his not conforming to what other people thought he should be that enabled Allen to connect with the world on a massive level. The braids, the tatts, the ice and the authenticity were things that in the late 90s and early 2000s were not embraced by many; fast forward to 2016 and each of the aforementioned things you see in the game of basketball across the world. Before Allen Iverson’s arrival into the NBA you couldn’t create a player on a video game with corn rows or tattoos and you definitely did not see a player in any sport tatted up as the poster boy for a video game series (Shout out to NBA 2K for making Allen Iverson their cover guy for the first five installments of their video game series). AllenIVerson2K
Authenticity in A.I. could also be seen in one of the greatest sneaker commercials ever; “The A5” was brought to the world with Jadakiss and trackmasters in a hip hop inspired Rebook shoe commercial that shook up the world and connected hip and basketball on another level.tumbm9qzzqhufh1qkeg17o1_500 Basketball and hip hop have always been intertwined with each other, but the best player in the world joining forces with one of the top lyricists in the world proved to be the perfect combo. Interviews with Allen Iverson over the years contain the same authenticity and sincerity; true words, real feelings and a sense of self are consistent in all of his interactions with the world. The things which some people did not like or couldn’t accept about Allen Iverson are the very things which enabled him to transcend the game of basketball on the court and the way many people carry themselves and live their lives off of the court. Twenty years ago a person with tattoos and cornrows would standout as being totally different from the norm, yet today you will find people from all walks of life in all professions and of all ethnicicites sporting corn rows with bodies adorned in tattoos.2015Äê5ÔÂ22ÈÕ£¬°¬¸¥É­¾Ü¾ø³öϯÎ÷°²»î¶¯£¬ÏÖ³¡ÇòÃÔʧÍûÍ´¿Þ¡£ Iverson wore braids because he wanted to and got tattoos because he wanted to; the world followed suit beacuse he showed us all that there is nothing wrong with being yourself. The Allen Iverson effect is much bigger than basketball; basketball provided a stage for him to perform and it also gave the world a window into the man he is and how it is essentially priceless to be true to oneself. Congratulations on the enshrinement A.I. #TheAnswerekP6ZQ

BLACK GOLD

By David Jordan Jr

“All Summer Sixteen.” That could have been the theme for the 2016 Summer Olympics which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 2016 games in Rio provided the perfect platform for greatness to be displayed by world class athletes from all over the world in all different sports. The preface to the Rio games was the constant discussions about the preparations (or lack thereof) for the athletes and fans that would make the journey to the host city. olympic-games-rioThe threat of the rampant spread of the Zika Virus was another potential obstacle that could have potentially led to the postponement of the XXXI Olympiad. With the opening ceremony beginning on August 5, 2016, the stage for amazing feats and colorful displays was set with the grand entrance of all of the participating countries and their representing athletes. The basketball court, swimming pool, gymnastics floor, boxing ring and the track allowed the world to see new records set, old records broken and new Olympic heroes birth right before our eyes. ESHE recognizes select athletes and their accomplishments at the 2016 Olympics:

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Carmelo Anthony became the Men’s USA Basketball team’s all-time leader in points, games played and rebounds. Carmelo also captured his 3rd Gold Medal in Rio.
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Natasha Hastings,Phyllis Francis Allyson Felix, and Courtney Okolo, led the U.S. women’s 4×400-meter team to its sixth consecutive gold medal.
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Fresh off of winning a NBA Championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA, Kyrie Irving joins the select company of NBA Players winning Olympic Gold and a NBA Championship in the same year.
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Usain Bolt of Jamaica captured his 7th, 8th and 9th Gold Medal in track and field competition at the Rio games, his final Olympics of his illustrious career.
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Claressa Shields became the first boxer to ever win back to back gold medals at the Rio games.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21:  Paul George #13 of the USA Basketball Men's National Team celebrates after winning the Gold Medal Game against Serbia on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 1 on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
Paul George overcame a gruesome leg injury obtained while training with Team USA in 2014 to win a gold medal in the 2016 Rio games.
Simone Manuel became the first ever black woman swimmer to win a gold medal at the Rio games.
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Allyson Felix won her 6th gold medal and tied for the most medals of by a female athlete with 9.
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Mohamed Farah of Great Britain became the first British track and field athlete to win three Olympic gold medals after winning the Men’s 10,000m at the Rio games.
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Simone Biles became the first American woman to win four Gold Medals in a single Olympics in Rio.



Ali | Through The World’s Eyes

By David Jordan Jr

Being the most recognized man in the world afforded us all the privilege to see Muhammad Ali on a regular basis in many different lights. Howard Bingham, Muhammad Ali’s personal photographer and biographer captured many of the iconic images that have come to define not only the sport of boxing, but the life of the legend. Countless other photographers around the world have been able to snap shots of Ali in different elements; from the ring, to a prestigious dinner, to an intimate moment with his family. The images of Ali are what remain on not only film, but in our minds. “A picture is worth a thousand words” is an old cliché that holds true when it comes to Muhammad Ali. ESHE put together a small gallery of the many different facets of Ali from his life to celebrate the totality of his essence as an athlete, activist,a man of GOD and man of blackness.

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