Posted on: August 5, 2011 9:44 am

Your annual Deron-Korver dodgeball video

By Matt Moore

Every year, Deron Williams and Kyle Korver host a celebrity dodge ball tournament. And every year, it's really funny. It's on the 27th of August this year, and they've released a video promo for it. So this is your annual Deron Williams, Kyle Korver dodgeball video. Don't hate the player, hate the game. 


It's kind of bizarre to note that Deron Williams' athleticism is more aptly displayed by dodgeball than basketball. Check out 00:34 through 00:37 in the clip. Kyle Korver's defense, however, is exactly mimicked on the dodgeball floor when he's ducking shots. 

Sorry, Kyle. Had to get that one in.  
Posted on: July 14, 2011 3:07 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 3:56 pm

Isiah Thomas helps Jalen Rose open a school

Posted by Matt Moore

Jalen Rose and Isiah Thomas haven't exactly been super-popular this year. Rose made headlines for his comments in the 30 for 30 documentary on the Fab Five about Duke and its players based on his feeling as a teenager on the racial implications for playing there. Isiah Thomas is widely credited with forcing the king's ransom for Carmelo Anthony that gutted the Knicks current and future, despite denials from James Dolan and Donnie Walsh on his involvement. Oh, yeah, and he's still Isiah Thomas. 

But Rose and Thomas are both doing something that's pretty special. Rose, moved by the conditions in inner-city Detroit, has started a school, the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. It's initial class will host 120 students, chosen by lottery. But Rose is hoping to quadruple that by 2013, he told the AP. To do so, in addition to his golf fundraiser, he reached out to another Detroit staple, Thomas, who donated money to help open the school.
"I think what Jalen is doing is great, so I'm trying to help him get the project off the ground with some of my resources," Thomas said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "The more athletes can re-connect with their communities the better off we'll all be. Some of us do a lot, and some of us don't do enough."
via Rose inspired by Detroit's plight to open school - USATODAY.com.

So for two guys who have had pretty bad years with public relations (and this is before Rose's arrest for DUI), this is a tremendous story. Say what you want about each man's words and decisions, but this is an indication that they're willing to try and make a real difference for people who need it. 

A nice story while the billionaires and millionaires haggle over billions.
Category: NBA
Posted on: May 15, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2011 12:41 pm

Grant Hill to help Jalen Rose with charter school

Grant Hill agrees to help support Rose charter school in Detroit after mini-feud.

Posted by Matt Moore

You can say a lot of things about Grant Hill and Jalen Rose. You can't say they hold grudges. From NBA.com:
Former Michigan basketball star Jalen Rose says Grant Hill has agreed to help support the new charter school in Detroit bearing Rose's name.

The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy is expected to open in September. Rose says Hill has promised to lend his support and that things are fine between them after Hill criticized Rose in March for comments he made in an ESPN documentary about Michigan's famous Fab Five.
via Rose says Hill to help support new charter school | NBA.com.

Rose and Hill had somewhat of a spat following Rose's comments in the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary on the Fab Five, in which he spoke about attitudes towards Blacks/African Americans who went to Duke. Hill wrote a lengthy rebuttal, and Rose claimed his comments were taken out of context. Regardless, this is a quality move by two quality individuals who have done a lot for communities across the country. Hill's charity work is well-known, and for him to continue to give back to Detroit after the sour end to his time there again reflects his quality of person. Rose on the other hand isn't going into a hole or using this feud to further his notoriety, which some have done in the past. Instead he reached out, resolved a needless squabble (even if the greater issues in question are well worth the discussion) and managed to make lemonade out of lemons. 

Talk about a happy ending.
Category: NBA
Posted on: October 8, 2010 5:09 pm

LeBron gives Cleveland lovely parting gift

"Decision" revenue donated to charity as promised, with proceeds partially going to Cleveland Boys and Girls club, up to $160,000.
Posted by Matt Moore

Say what you want, but LeBron is a man of his word.

Okay, just about one thing, but still. It's something. James pledged to donate all the sponsorship dough pulled in from "The Decision," a little television special you may have heard of, to the Boys and Girls Club of America. The special where he tore the heart out of Cleveland while it was still beating generated $3 million in revenue, all of which is going to various clubs across the country. Including... the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland. DUNH-DUNH-DUNH .

Fox 8 in Cleveland reports that James will donate $160,000 plus computers and Nike gear to the Cleveland chapter of the charity for youngsters. Akron, Miami, Chicago, LA, and New York also received portions. But it's a good will move that will likely, well, probably do nothing. This was something good James did, and he hasn't committed a crime, but for some reason what he did has turned people's stomachs enough to be stuck against him for the forseeable future. The best way to turn the tide in his favor? Bring home a ring with his talents back to South Beach. Not that that will make Cleveland feel any better. They're probably, and rightfully, clamoring for the Club to use the money for new toilets or something. Or maybe to pay for a new landfill for all his Cleveland merchandise.

"The Decison" will go down in infamy as one of the worst PR moves in all of sports. But the fact remains that he took an opportunity to expand his brand, reached across to casual non-sports fans and made an impact, and raised $3 million for charity. Not bad for nine words.
Posted on: August 18, 2010 11:28 am
Edited on: August 18, 2010 12:22 pm

Wade: 'I don't do these things for recognition.'

The Heat star talks about coming home, being portrayed as a villain, and handling the ball among the Miami Triad.

Posted by Matt Moore

Dwyane Wade isn't Public Enemy No.1 in the NBA, but he may be No. 3. As the inciting member of the new Miami Triad, he's taken a lot of hea... I mean, flak for how "The Decision" and formation of the new Heat came together. And that was before the response to his Twin Towers comment . But the negative attention hasn't slowed him down at all... either in terms of personal engagements or from his multiple charity commitments.

In fact, Wade has become quite the force when it comes to NBA charity work. He now has the Summer Groove event he does in cooperation with Alonzo Mourning, and the event he will host this weekend; The Wade's World Charity Weekend in Chicago. The event features benefit dinners, a bowling party and basketball workshops, but the focus is on communicating with underprivileged kids in Chicago about the importance of education.

Not exactly the nefarious work of the villain Wade's been made out to be, along with LeBron James and Chris Bosh. I spoke with Wade by phone today about the weekend, being portrayed as a villain, and oh yeah, who's handling the ball in Miami?

Matt Moore - CBSSports.com: So you're heavily involved with this charity as well as Zo's Summer Groove. Why is this one so important to you, is it just the element of being home?

Dwyane Wade: Yeah, just being home, you know? I'm honored to be involved with Summer Groove in Miami with Zo and the work we do there, but this is where I'm from. I know what these kids go through, because I went through some of the same things. I see myself in some of the youth here, and that's why it's so important.

Moore: We live in an era where athletes of all types and sports do very real, very explicitly illegal acts, and little is made of it. On the other hand, your business decisions of the past three months have led people to vilify you and your teammates to a degree. Is it frustrating to see the kind of negative attention you receive, despite being a great player, a good teammate, and a positive force in the community?

Wade: Yeah, I don't think the world focuses on the positive things enough. I understand being the villain is what people like. People play to that. They want to know about the villain. They don't want to know about the good. They say they do, but statistics show that they don't. The thing is, I don't do these things for recognition, being a good teammate, being a positive member of the community. I do them because those things make me whole and complete. A lot of that negativity? It's just speculation. You've gotta deal with it and move on. I've learned that not everyone's going to be 100% DWade. Hopefully the ones that do get to know me more and the things that I do and that's what they make their opinions from, from who I am. Everything else is just speculation.

Moore: What event specifically is the best part of this weekend?

Wade: The Saturday where we focus on the kids. That's when we have the Youth Summit, dealing with major issues. Specifically, violence and education in Chicago. And that's when I get to hear their stories and what they've been through. The talent show that night, giving them a platform, letting the community know these kids are out there and giving them a voice. That's a really big part of this weekend, giving the community to really check these kids out. We need more support from the community for these kids.

Moore: Doing these events, seeing these kids first hand, all the work that you've done, does it make you want to be involved at a higher level? Does being so involved make you think about being involved in a political or more advanced level when your playing days are over?

Wade: Yeah, actually. My focus is on right now, my goal is to start now and do things now. Then, to build a platform when I'm done playing basketball. I try and do these things, not just in Miami or Chicago. I do things in every city we go to, like during All-Star Weekend. I just want to make a difference as much as possible. At the end of the day when there's no more DWade, I want to have made a difference.

Moore: With the new Heat coming together, you've got more weapons, obviously, but there are going to be questions about how it's all going to work on the court. Do you see yourself handling the ball more coming up the floor more, less or the same as in years before? Are you going to be playing more of a point-type position, or will it be business as usual in Miami?

Wade: The same pretty much. You know, I handled the ball a lot last season in Miami. I also played off the ball a lot. I don't think that changes a lot. I'm a playmaker, and I'm going to score. At the end of the day, my job is to put the ball in the basket. I'm also going to create opportunities for my teammates, and that won't change.

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