Dwyane Wade Sr. Sued for Not Paying Back Loan
Written by EURweb.com Sunday, 24 June 2012 22:20
Dwyane Wade’s father is in financial trouble with the government for not paying back a loan to attend trade school.
According to TMZ, Dwyane Wade Sr. is being sued by the U.S. government for defaulting on a $4,630.46 loan intended for higher education.
According to the documents, Wade Sr. borrowed the cash to attend the Environmental Technical Institute — which specializes in the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration industry.
The loan was approved in 2001 — the same year Dwyane Wade Jr. entered his freshman year at Marquette University.
Payment is wanted from Wade Sr. for the full amount of the loan — plus interest — totaling $6,221.44.
Attempts to reach Wade Sr. for comment were unsuccessful.
8 Hurt in Oklahoma City Shooting After NBA Playoff
Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 22 May 2012 05:31
At least eight people were injured when an argument escalated to gunfire in Oklahoma City, just blocks from Chesapeake Energy Arena, after the NBA playoff game between the Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers, city police said Tuesday.
Capt. Dexter Nelson said a scuffle erupted Monday night in a crowd of people walking toward the Bricktown district, a popular nightlife area, and that it quickly turned ugly.
"Some girls got into it with a group of guys, and the guys opened fire on the women," Nelson said.
He said the shooting occurred at 11:35 p.m. Police know of at least eight people wounded in the incident, but Nelson did not have information on their ages or genders. He said one victim was in critical condition but that the others did not have life-threatening injuries.
Nelson said no one has been arrested in the shooting, but that police detained and questioned the occupants of one vehicle that they stopped nearby. Nelson said the investigation was ongoing.
Ex-NBA Star, Olympian Bob Boozer Dies at 75
Written by ERIC OLSON,AP Sports Writer Monday, 21 May 2012 05:08
Former NBA star and 1960 Olympic gold medalist Bob Boozer has died. He was 75.
Ella Boozer says her husband died Saturday of a brain aneurysm after becoming ill Friday night.
Boozer was a two-time All-American at Kansas State in 1958-59 and played 11 years in the NBA after the Cincinnati Royals drafted him No. 1 overall. The 6-foot-8 forward retired after winning the 1971 NBA championship with the Milwaukee Bucks.
He played with Jerry West, Oscar Robertson and Jerry Lucas on the 1960 Olympic team, which dominated the competition while going 8-0.
Boozer averaged 14.8 points and 8.1 rebounds in his NBA career with six teams.
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He returned to Omaha after his playing days and worked as an executive for the telephone company.
LeBron James Wins 3rd NBA MVP Award
Written by Tim Reynolds, AP Sports Writer Monday, 14 May 2012 08:48
LeBron James spent two days trying to figure out the right words. An assistant jotted some ideas on notecards, which were ignored. So when the moment came to deliver his MVP acceptance speech, James spoke emotionally about family, charity, history and what the Miami Heat organization means to him.
And he finished with a flourish.
"Heat nation, we have a bigger goal," James said. "This is very overwhelming to me as an individual award. But this is not the award I want, ultimately. I want that championship. That's all that matters to me."
James accepted his third NBA MVP award Saturday, making him the eighth player in league history to win that many. The others — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone — all have won NBA titles.
On Sunday, James resumes that quest.
"He's going to get his," Heat President Pat Riley said. "He will get his championship. And there might be a lot more there, too."
James received 85 of a possible 121 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league, with fans on NBA.com combining for one vote. He earned 1,074 points, topping Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (889 points, 24 first-place votes), the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul (385, six first-place votes), the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (352, two first-place votes), and San Antonio's Tony Parker (331, four first-place votes).
James lauded the other top candidates for the MVP, and lauded his teammates and those around him even more.
"This is a team game and I wouldn't be receiving what I've received in the past and now in the present without my teammates and without my family and friends who've helped me to this point," James said away from the stage. "Even though it's an individual award, I always go back to my teammates. I always go back to my friends and my family. No one can do it alone."
When the results were released, Durant offered congratulations.
"LeBron, that's like unheard of for a guy to get three out of four MVPs," Durant said. "A good friend of mine. I'm happy for him and of course I would love to have the MVP but at the same time, I've just got to keep improving, keep getting better and hopefully I'll have one soon."
The way some around the Heat see it, Saturday could have been a fourth straight MVP for James.
His numbers this season — 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game on 53 percent shooting — are extremely comparable to last season, when he finished a distant third in the MVP race behind Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard.
Similar numbers. Much better result. And James understands why.
A year ago, following all the fallout that accompanied his decision to leave Cleveland and sign with Miami, James realized there was no way he was going to have voters back him for a third straight season. Long before the results were in, James knew the 2011 MVP wasn't going to be his.
"I just felt like there was nothing good that was going to come out as far as the individual accolades," James said. "I wanted to be an MVP for this team, but it didn't matter to me what the outside world was saying. It didn't matter what the voters were saying last year. It was just about this team."
"I'm not saying that's changed," he added, "but I think time heals all."
Heat assistant coach Bob McAdoo won the MVP while playing for the Buffalo Braves in 1975. McAdoo said James had to deal with "absolute hate" last year after his move to Miami, and some believe the repercussions kept him from getting as many MVP votes as he may have deserved a year ago.
That's no longer a problem.
"He's already a Hall of Fame player. That's in the bag," McAdoo said. "If you ask him, a world championship or an individual award, he'll take the world championship every time."
Abdul-Jabbar was 26 when his third MVP season — out of a record six — ended. James is 27. Riley, the former Los Angeles Lakers coach during the Showtime era, has an affinity for both.
And he thinks he can see a parallel as well.
"He's got 10 more years at least ahead of him at a very high level," Riley said. "You just know his competitive nature and how he prepares himself and how he plays. That could be out there for him."
James got the word about this MVP award Thursday. Longtime friend and close associate Randy Mims delivered the message because James couldn't be reached when the call came. Of all the messages Mims has given James over the years, this one was unforgettable, he said.
"It was kind of an honor, honestly," Mims said. "A huge honor. His response, it was like a breath of fresh air, like, 'Wow, I did?' I know what was put into this year, being part of it. I know what we went through last year and trying to just rebuild him, his game, some of the things he wanted to get back to doing as a person."
James was out shopping Friday night when word began to spread that he won. Even though James already had spent a day processing the news, he said it was moving to hear others react.
"This is crazy," James said.
James posed with the trophy Saturday and will get to show it off to Heat fans Sunday afternoon when presented with the prize again by Commissioner David Stern before Miami faces Indiana in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series.
James' voice broke a couple of times as he spoke Saturday — highly uncharacteristic for him — and he confessed he was more nervous than he expected.
"I see my two sons, I do what I do and I try to perform at the highest level every night, and a big part of the reason is those guys. I don't want to let them down," James said, pausing for a brief moment as he looked at fiancée Savannah Brinson and his sons. "Secondly, my teammates, like I said. The reason I'm up here today is because of those guys. If those guys don't sacrifice what they sacrifice every single night ... I wouldn't be up here."
Moments later, he asked the entire Heat roster to join him on the stage, and the players huddled behind him.
"These 14 guys right here, they give everything," James said. "And they give me everything."
Said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra: "We do not take LeBron James for granted, not here in this organization."
Heat guard Dwyane Wade grabbed the trophy before the ceremony started, a playful jab and nothing else. When he was having an MVP-caliber season but finished third in 2009, Wade said James would be a candidate for the award for years to come.
He didn't mind then, and minds even less now that they're teammates.
"It's amazing to think about it in that sense — three in four years," Wade said. "And there could have been one last year. It just shows how great of a talent, how great of a player that he is. Obviously, as an organization, we're excited, especially coming off of last season and everything that happened and was said."
James came into this season with a new mindset, a happier one, one that meant he wasn't going to play this season the way he did last year when he was consumed by trying to silence critics. The critics, he knows now, won't be going away.
Well, maybe unless he wins that title. MVP awards are nice, but James knows they simply don't compare.
"I'd give all three of them back for an NBA championship," James said. "It's all I care about. It's all I know."
Athletes and Anger: When the Passion Boils Over
Written by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer Monday, 07 May 2012 23:08
New York Knicks star Amare Stoudemire scored 20 points in an NBA playoff win Sunday, but the bandage on his left hand reminded fans that he'd recently made headlines in quite a different way: smashing the glass of a fire extinguisher case after losing in Miami six days earlier.
Of course, he's hardly the first pro athlete to hurt himself in frustration. Phillies pitcher Ryan Madson broke his toe in 2010 when he kicked a chair after blowing a save, for example. A couple years before, Khalil Greene of the San Diego Padres broke his left hand by punching out a storage chest in the dugout. And New York Yankees fans will recall pitchers Kevin Brown and A.J. Burnett injuring their hands in angry confrontations with a wall and some doors, respectively.
What's with this behavior? How can professionals get so upset they harm themselves? Sports psychologists say it can happen in the high-pressure world of winning and losing, with people who identify themselves with their performance and, frankly, are supposed to be aggressive.
But after all, one expert notes, it can happen to us ordinary mortals, too.
When you get angry, your heart beats faster and blood pressure rises. In men, testosterone levels can rise. Some research shows heightened activity in the left side of the brain.
With all that going on, things can happen.
Stoudemire cut his hand after the loss last week when he swung his arm backward and hit the glass on the case.
"Everybody gets upset," he explained to reporters. "You're so passionate for the game."
That's certainly true of the pros, says Jack Watson, a professor of sport and exercise psychology at West Virginia University who has studied anger and violence in sports.
Athletes commit a lot of their time, energy and identity to their sport, he said. So when they lose or don't come through in the clutch, "it actually affects their self-perception of who they are," he said. "The anger is an expression of ... extreme frustration, because the way they define themselves has been negatively influenced."
Even when they hit some inanimate object, it might make them feel better by releasing pent-up tension, he said.
"Professional athletes have been trained their whole lives to be physical, to express themselves in physical ways," Watson said. They're paid to be aggressive while playing, and "being able to turn that switch off and being able to get back to what society expects of you, it's probably difficult at times."
In fact, physical off-the-field expressions of frustration are probably more acceptable in sports than in an ordinary office, said Jonathan F. Katz, a sports psychologist in New York City who works with amateur, collegiate professional athletes and teams. If somebody did in an office what Stoudemire did, "it would probably be looked at much more negatively," he said.
Katz said athletes frequently do things like that, but if they're not stars it rarely gets noticed publicly. And the biggest stars are often cut a bit of slack because "in this world, we tend to tolerate bad behavior on the part of people who excel. That's not uncommon in the sports world," Katz said.
Katz also noted that athletes work in a far more intense environment of win-lose, succeed-fail, than most people do. So that can produce more intense emotions, he said, but "the sign of a great athlete is they don't get too high or too low."
Despite the differences between elite athletes and ordinary folks, it would be "a little bit hypocritical" to look at incidents like Stoudemire's and conclude that pro athletes are undisciplined and prone to problems in managing their anger, says Mitch Abrams, a sports psychologist in Fords, N.J., who wrote a book on handling anger in sports.
"Let's not lose track of the fact that there are lot of people who get frustrated that go home and hit their spouses," or get drunk and then drive, Abrams said.
Athletes can use anger to perform better as long as they keep it under control, Abrams said. It can help a football defensive lineman who has to take on a 350-pound opponent, but it can hurt a golfer who's lining up a putt, he noted.
Anger is simply a normal human emotion, said Abrams, who said he trains clients to work if off by lifting weights, running or other activities that won't hurt themselves or others.
As for Stoudemire, at least he didn't do something worse like attack somebody, and he has taken responsibility for his actions and worked his way back to helping his team again, Abrams said.
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"In the grand scheme of things, what more can you ask?" Abrams said. "The idea that we're going to handle every situation perfectly is a fantasy."
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