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Curbing Bad Behavior/LeBron James Is A Winner

English: Basketball player LeBron James during...
English: Basketball player LeBron James during the game Washington Wizards versus Miami Heat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now that the dust has settled on the  2011-2012 National Association of Basketball (NBA) season and the Miami Heat superstar LeBron James has won his “first” NBA championship, his critics should cease clamoring he is not a winner. LeBron James displayed exceptional leadership skills – both on and off the basketball court – during the 2011-2012 season. He demonstrated to everyone who were paying attention the importance of maturity, skill and humility while dominating the 2011-2012 NBA playoffs with style, grace and class. I am proud of LeBron James’ accomplishments (there are too many to name in this blog). His achievement I’m most proud is he is the fifth (5th) player in the NBA history to close out a championship series with a triple double. Only Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Tim Duncan have achieved the same feat. The aforementioned gentlemen are all NBA multi championship winners. I am elated that I supported the Miami Heat to win the championship, even though sometimes my belief waned, I was one of the many individuals who hoped LeBron would lead the Miami Heat to the 2011-2012 NBA Championship.

During the 2010-2011 season, I was critical of LeBron for his immature actions before a game with his former team, The Cleveland Cavaliers. I felt proud of him during one of his 2011-2012 press conferences when he said “I was immature a year ago.” His remark demonstrated with time anyone can change a bad behavior and live up to one’s teeming potential. LeBron has shown us he can handled the pressure of the “bright lights.” His teammate and good friend Dwyane Wade remarked that even he didn’t know what is was like living in LeBron’s world until LeBron shared his emotions and challenges with his teammates. I bet there were a few tears shed that day when the Miami Heat players had their players only team meeting.

I cannot predict whether LeBron James will win another NBA Championship. I do plan on supporting his quest for another run at the championship trophy, especially given the fact he won his first NBA Title at an earlier age (27 years old) than the great Michael Jordan. Keep On Rising LeBron James!

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  • 19

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Embracing the World of Abundance

Topographical map of the United States of America.
Topographical map of the United States of America. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are living in a world of great abundance and we should embrace all of the amazing gifts the universe has given us. If you don’t agree with my premise, here are several key facts to ponder: human beings are living twice their average age from 100 years ago; most countries are wealthier and better educated; we are living in one of the most peaceful times in the world’s history; science and technology have made our lives richer and healthier; presently the world has a record number of millionaires; human beings are reading at a much higher rate than in the past; food and energy are abundant in most countries and transportation systems have improved throughout the world.

If one believes the rhetoric espoused by some “experts” on television and in newspapers, one would conclude the United States of America (USA) is about to become a Third World country and middle class citizens are about to be bankrupt. I was told recently  the world will end in December 2012. Wow! I am an optimist who believes the USA economy has seen better days and is on its way back from the precipice. I am not naive to think that the economy couldn’t be better, of course it can, but it could also be much worse.

The world is blossoming with abundance. Let’s embrace the world’s goodwill and stop listening to the “experts” who are preaching doom.

 

 

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  • 12

    Jun

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Boxing Received Another Black Eye

Sayer fight

Boxing is the only (well, recently you can add Ultimate Fighting to the list) professional sport where the competitors main objective is to beat each other until one of the pugilists stop fighting or one of the battered fighters’ trainer stops the fight or the referee intercedes and stops the boxing match. In the scenarios mentioned, the winner of the boxing match is clear; the fighter who is prepared to continue fighting wins the bout. The problem with boxing matches occur when the fighters endure battling for the agreed upon four, six or 12 rounds and the judges then have to pick the winner. Last Saturday WBO Welterweight Championship bout between the fans favorite Manny Pacquiao and rising star Timothy Bradley resulted in a decision which was obviously controversial and caused many boxing fans (yours truly included) to be outraged. We couldn’t believe Pacquiao was not awarded the decision. Everyone – except those supporting Bradley – who saw the fight witnessed the sometimes corrupt nature of boxing; Manny Pacquiao clearly won the fight, yet two of the three judges declared Timothy Bradley the winner. I am not sure which fight the judges were scoring. It certainly was not the Pacquiao/Bradley fight last Saturday evening on June 9, 2012.

The brutality of boxing mixed with the sometimes controversial judging in prize fights are the reasons why the sport’s detractors have called for it to be banned. On a night like last Saturday evening at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, Boxing was given another black eye. Several boxing fans tweeted on social media they were not ever going to look at boxing again. I am convinced a few irate fans watching the fight around the world threw objects at their televisions. After all, the nuance of boxing is analogous with high emotions, pain and grit. Even Boxing Promoter Bob Arum, who will make much more money in a lucrative rematch between Pacquiao and Bradley, was requesting a judging review because of the bad behavior of the judges who scored the bout.

I contemplated the idea that maybe, just maybe, the judges penalized Pacquiao for delaying the start of the championship bout, because  he was watching the end of Game Seven (7) of the National Basketball Association Eastern Conference Championship between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat. I superstitiously thought – as the commotion before the commencement of the fight unfolded – this was not going to be a victorious night for Pacquiao since he had just watched the Miami Heat beat his favorite team, the Boston Celtics. Hopefully, Pacquiao learned an indelible lesson about focus and taking care of “his business first.”

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  • 05

    Jun

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Honoring Our Young Men

Last Thursday, May 31, 2012, I attended Mentoring & Partnership for Youth Development (MPYD) Senior Awards Night at John Muir High School in Pasadena, California. My good friend, mentor, Altadena Town Councilman and MPYD president and chairman of the board Tecumseh Shackelford invited me to give a presentation at the event. As usual, I am always elated to serve the young men involved with MPYD. There will be 18  young men associated with MPYD’s program graduating from John Muir High School this week. Several of them have grade point averages of 3.00 or higher. I was a bit perplexed there were no media present at the event. I have noticed whenever the young men at John Muir High School are involved in negative incidents, there are media present to report on their bad behavior. Where is the media when some of the young men are being progressive? These young men need support from all facets of our community.
On Sunday, June 3, 2012, I attended the Gamma Zeta Boule Foundation 2012 Scholarship Awards Luncheon at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel. My fraternal brother, best friend, professor, author and community activist Dr. Anthony A. Samad invited me to the Gamma Zeta Boule’s Luncheon. I was impressed with the achievements of the seven (7) young men who received financial scholarships from Gamma Zeta Boule Foundation. Kudos to the members of Gamma Zeta Boule on presenting much-needed monetary assistance to the young men in their LAMP Mentor Program. It was delightful to see young men from our community being honored for their behavior. My friend, colleague and writer Xavier Higgs was the only working media individual I saw at the luncheon. Again, I asked myself why was the media not present? Certainly, The luncheon was newsworthy, because Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard (we sat at the same table), Police Chief Phillip Sanchez, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Congressman Adam Schiff (he was the luncheon’s keynote speaker), Assemblyman Anthony Portantino and Pasadena City Councilman Chris Holden were all present at the luncheon. Sometimes, the media should favorably consider attending events in our community to support the positive accomplishments of our young men.

Thanks Anthony and Tecumseh for including me in celebrating and acknowledging your organizations’ exceptional work with young men in our community.

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