Tag:Tiger Woods
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:17 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2011 9:20 pm

Tiger Woods 'bummed' by NBA lockout

Posted by Ben Gollivertiger-woods-emo

His marriage is wrecked and his golf game is in shambles, but that isn't what has Tiger Woods feeling down in the dumps these days. Nope, Woods is singing the blues because of the ongoing NBA lockout.

CSNNE.com reports that Woods took some time out this week to express his frustration with the fact that the NBA has cancelled the first two weeks of its regular season, with no end to the labor bickering in sight.
“Yeah, of course I'm bummed,” he said. “I think anybody who is an NBA fan is certainly bummed. I know that probably one person who is happy is probably Doc Rivers. I mean, with the age of his team, it's nice for them to only play half-a-season. It's true. It's a fact, come on.”

"I'm looking forward to the Lakers getting back there and we'll see what they do,” he continued. “The problem is, you can't talk to anybody. You can't see who is potentially on the block of being traded, what kind of deals can we do? Nothing can be happening.

“So as a fan, it's disconcerting because I'm excited about what we could add to the team, but it's also I understand this is business, and everyone in this business wants to make money. I know the owners were losing a bunch of money, and some of the markets were feeling the effects. They can't draw certain players, so they're just trying to make it fair for everybody so everybody can win.”
Woods' basketball buddies were worried about him even before he admitted to being down and out because of the lack of hoops. Back in July, Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan said that Woods "needs to get healthy, mentally and physically" and Hall of Famer Charles Barkley said in August that he is "very concerned" about Woods because he surrounds himself with the wrong type of people. 

Whatever you do, don't let Woods know that Derek Fisher and Steve Blake will still be running point for the Lakers whenever this lockoug gets resolved. We don't want him to have an emotional crisis.

Woods isn't even the most recognizable person to complain about the NBA lockout this week. On Tuesday, United States President Barack Obama said he was 'heartbroken' because of the lockout. As with Obama, I'm sure you can't wait to write in the comments how these comments make Woods an unbelievably sympathetic figure and that you can't help but feel sorry for him.

Hat tip: IAmAGM.com
Posted on: August 1, 2011 5:19 pm

Charles Barkley's advice for Tiger Woods

Posted by Ben Golliver. 


On Friday, we noted that Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan had some advice for disgraced golfer Tiger Woods. Jordan's advice was very Jordan-esque: turn the game into your personal therapy. 

Turns out that Jordan isn't the only Basketball Hall of Famer and amateur golfer with ideas on how Woods can pull his life together after getting divorced, firing his caddy and dealing with injuries. TNT commentator Charles Barkley told Portland, Oregon's 750 AM that he is "very concerned" about Woods, who he believes is making "a lot of bad decisions." 

Barkley then offered Woods some very Barkley-esque advice: fire all the kiss asses.
"I have not been able to help Tiger at all. I'm concerned about Tiger. I wish him the best. He's like a brother to me. I wish him the best. But I'm very concerned about him to be honest with you. 

"I feel bad. I do, I just feel bad for Tiger. He's like a brother to me. He's making a lot of bad decisions and it's unfortunate.

"One of the keys to being successful is surrounding yourself with people who are always going to be honest. You've got to understand, most people who are around you [when you're famous] work for you or are just kiss asses... That's a major problem. You need to surround yourself with good people who are not going to kiss your ass and tell you what you want to hear. Who are always going to be honest.

"That's a really, really big problem especially when you're in the limelight. Because the people around you work for you, they want you to buy the dinners all the time, buy the drinks... you have to have a group around you that will tell you that what you're doing is wrong and help you make good decisions."

From the tone of Barkley's comments, it's clear that he, like Jordan, feels a fraternal bond with Woods. Whereas Jordan appeared to challenge Woods' competitive desire by calling him a "wounded dog" and saying that he has been "very fragile", Barkley takes a more sympathetic tact here, lamenting the fact that he hasn't been able to help Woods in his time of need.

Whether or not Woods realizes it, he's lucky to have Jordan and Barkley. Both have experienced the exhilarating highs and embarrasing lows that come with immense superstardom and scrutiny. Their advice not only comes from the heart, it comes from an experienced vantage point.

But who knows if Woods is listening.
Posted on: July 29, 2011 4:23 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 4:41 pm

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

Posted by Ben Golliver


We can all agree that disgraced golfer Tiger Woods is a mess right now. There's not much point in rubbing in that fact as his career is in shambles, his marriage was dissolved and his health is touch-and-go.

But none of that stopped Charlotte Bobcats owner and NBA legend Michael Jordan from calling Woods "very fragile" and comparing him to a "wounded dog" in an interview with Australia's Herald Sun.

Jordan is uniquely qualified to give advice to Woods for at least three reasons. One: Because he understands how to deal with fame at its highest level. Two: Because he understands that elite athletes are still human and their private lives affect their on-court performance. Three: Because he is friendly with Woods and certainly commands his respect.

So what is the greatest basketball player of all time's current for the potential greatest golfer of all time? Turn the game into therapy.
"The biggest thing is that I've always - and I'm pretty sure Tiger has, too - used sport as a therapeutic tool," he said. "Once you're inside the lines, you can focus on what your jobs are and what you're doing on the court, or for him the course.

"The problem for him was that he wasn't physically capable of getting inside those lines and doing those things. I think he's been somewhat fragile mentally and physically. When I went through those [personal] issues, once I got on to the basketball court that became a therapeutic thing for me where I was able to forget all those other things."

"Once I finished playing basketball, I came out with a better understanding of the decisions I had to make. He doesn't have that now. Now he's going through something that's totally different, totally new for him and he's now acknowledging that. He needs to get healthy, mentally and physically, before he can really attack that."

Jordan was a notoriously competitive player and someone who never settled for anything short of peak performance from himself and his teammates. Here, his advice is sound.

But in the reference to a "wounded dog" and the use of the word "fragile" I vaguely detect a hint of Jordan the teammate and competitor rather than Jordan the big brother and mentor. Like the rest of us, Jordan knows that Woods is capable of so much more than he's shown recently. Like the rest of us, Jordan likely wants to watch that greatness unfold.

Sometimes competitors with lengthy, winning track records simply need to find a way to rededicate themselves, to rekindle their spark. Sometimes they simply need a new challenge or a new challenger. Perhaps Jordan is stepping into that role for Woods.
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