Phenomenal woman Dr Maya Angelou leaves a towering legacy

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De. Maya Angelou poses with Samara Brown in 2002 at the opening of the Hue-Man Bookstore in Harlem, New York.

By Carmen Glover

While working as an associate editor for a Brooklyn-based newspaper in 2002, I went to Harlem, New York, to cover the opening of Hue-Man Bookstore, an African-American establishment that was the brainchild of the ex-wives of three former New York Knicks players, including Rita Ewing, the ex-wife of Patrick Ewing. I entered the store and saw rap mogul Jay-Z in a corner talking to then-Knick Charles Smith, while late actor Ossie Davis chatted to his wife Ruby Dee and actor Wesley Snipes held court with his Asian date. And then I saw her. Dr. Maya Angelou was seated regally on a stool, holding a cane, her eyes shrouded by a pair of dark glasses.

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Dr. Maya Angelou shares a light moment with her only child, son Guy Johnson

I approached her and introduced myself. Then I explained that I just left my daughter upstairs at the Magic Johnson Theatre with friends, to my chagrin. “Go and get her,” Dr. Angelou told me in her rich, firm voice. I didn’t need to be told twice and my daughter, Samara, squealed, “Really?” when I told her who was downstairs. After shaking Samara’s hand and agreeing to pose for a picture, Dr. Angelou issued instructions to my daughter: “Hold your back straight,” she said, as my daughter complied with alacrity, while the photographer who accompanied me on the assignment snapped the picture.

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Dr. Angelou and her mother, whom Angelou said told her “We’re going to have a happy baby” when the teenaged Angelou told her she was pregnant but not in love with the father.

Many people from all walks of life no doubt have personal stories of the moment when they met Dr. Angelou and how enthralled they were by her poise, wit, grace and spirit. Dr. Angelou described being a mother as a blessing and as the world mourns the passing of this literary icon it is important to remember her son and his family in our prayers. Her son, Guy B. Johnson, released a statement on Wednesday morning which read:

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“Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8 a.m., EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.”

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey last year, he said through a video that he “grew up in her light.” Angelou gave birth to her only son when she was 17. They lived in several cities including Accra in Ghana, Cairo in Egypt, New York and San Francisco.

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President Barack Obama gently kissed Dr. Angelo’s cheek after awarding her the Presidential Medal of Freedom .

Dr. Maya Angelou lived a life that was exceptional in its scope, vast in its reach and profound in its impact on her admirers and students of literature across the globe. The first volume of her autobiographical series “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” is required reading in schools across the United States, and it details her early life, her childhood trauma and her indomitable spirit that defied challenges and abuse.

She inspired a legion of ardent fans with the lyrical texture of her poetry, the rhythmic flow of her words, the compelling prose of her novels and the sage wisdom inherent in her counsel. She spoke about the joys she experienced as a mother to her only son and the determination that propelled her to achieve professional success.

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Media maven Oprah Winfrey has described Dr. Angelou as a “mother, mentor and friend,” often citing her words of wisdom and the solace they have brought her over the years.

And along the way she inspired others to follow her path, or carve their own, never losing sight of what is important. When she delivered her rousing inaugural poem, “On the Pulse of Morning,” at former President Bill Clinton’s 1993 inauguration, we were riveted with wonder, admiration and pride at the beauty evoked by her voice and words.

Media maven Oprah Winfrey has spoken lovingly about Dr. Angelou and shared stories about their friendship, while inviting her to share her wisdom on various episodes of her show over the years. And so as we grieve, it is important to celebrate the life and legacy of a woman who lived fearlessly, powered on by a burning passion to achieve. In a statement about her death U.S. President said:.

American poet Maya Angelou reciting her poem 'On the Pulse of Morning' at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton in Washington DC, 20th January 1993. (Photo by Consolidated News Pictures/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

American poet Maya Angelou reciting her poem ‘On the Pulse of Morning’ at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton in Washington DC, 20th January 1993. (Photo by Consolidated News Pictures/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

“Today, Michelle and I join millions around the world in remembering one of the brightest lights of our time-a brilliant writer, fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal woman. Over the course of her remarkable life Maya was many things-an author, poet, civil rights activist, playwright, actress, director, composer, singer and dancer, but above all, she was a storyteller and her greatest stories were true. A childhood of suffering and abuse actually drove her to stop speaking but the voice she found helped generations of Americans find their meaning amidst the clouds and inspired the rest of us to be our best selves.”

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Yes, Dr. Angelou caused us to aim higher, to reach for more. Born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, she went on to create literary works that resonate across the world but she was not exclusively artistic. She contributed to the civil rights movement by working for both Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. She later taught at Wake Forest University and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, the National Medal of Arts in 2000 and the Lincoln Medal in 2008. During her youth, she was a calypso singer and she claimed Caribbean heritage through her paternal grandfather, who hailed from Trinidad & Tobago.

Brutally raped at age 7, by her mother’s boyfriend, Dr. Angelou stopped speaking after the culprit was found murdered when she revealed his identity to her family. “I thought my voice killed him,” she explained about her self-imposed, five-year silence after the traumatic episode. But her spirit drove her to success and her thirst for knowledge refused to be quenched. As a result, people all over the world were blessed to see or hear her recite some of her powerful works including her spectacular poems: “Phenomenal Woman,” and “I Rise.” In her last Twitter post on Friday, May 23, 2014, she wrote: “Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.” In expressing his grief at her death, former President Bill Clinton said:

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Former President Bill Clinton had a long friendship with Dr. Angelou.

“With Maya Angelou’s passing, America has lost a national treasure. The poems and stories she wrote and read to us in her commanding voice were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace. I will always be grateful for her electrifying reading of “On the Pulse of Morning” at my first inaugural and even more for the years of friendship,” He also sent his “deepest sympathies” to her son.

Winfrey, in her statement, covered the trajectory and nuanced complexity of their relationship, which spanned years and experiences that dripped with meaning.

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“I’ve been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister and friend since my 20s. The world knew her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. She won three Grammys, spoke six languages. She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. I loved her and I know she loved me. I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds.”

For many of us, Dr. Angelou’s enduring legacy will be the template she left that defines resilience: the ability to get up and rebound despite struggles, obstacles and disappointment. Her attitude showed the conviction of someone who had things to do, someone whose ambitions and determination propelled continuous movement, someone who set clearly defined goals and tackled them with grit and courage.

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Dr. Angelou has been called back home to rest in the arms of her heavenly father but for us who remain, it’s important to take the time to read her works, understand her life and make an effort to emulate her ambition, drive and refusal to offer excuses instead of being completely focused on achieving our goals. Rest in peace, Maya Angelou, your life and legacy will live on through us–OnPointPress.net.

Carmen Glover is an award-wining journalist and editorial director of OnPointPress.net. Follow her and OnPointPress.net on Twitter @OnPointPress_.

Literary icon Dr Maya Angelou dies at 86

Dr. Maya Angelou passed away this morning May, 28 2014.

Dr. Maya Angelou passed away this morning May, 28 2014.

By Carmen Glover

Dr Maya Angelou, revered award-winning‎ author, professor and director died at age 86 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

Dr. Maya Angelou will be missed by all her fans, friends, and family.

Dr. Maya Angelou will be missed by all her fans, friends, and family.

According to WBLS Radio, Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines confirmed that Dr Angelou’s body was discovered by her caretaker on Wednesday morning. No additional information was provided.

Stay tuned to OnPointPress.net for full and complete coverage of the remarkable life and powerful legacy of the late literary legend, who media mogul Oprah Winfrey has lovingly called her “other mother.”

Dr. Angelou was a calypso singer as a young woman, and claimed Caribbean heritage though her paternal grandfather, who hailed from Trinidad and Tobago.–OnPointPress.net–

Foster care children benefit from celebrity support, testimonials

Alicia Keys and her husband attend the 8th annual gala in support of the childrensrights.org benefit in October 2013.

Alicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz attend the 8th annual gala in support of the childrensrights.org benefit in October 2013.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

As the school year nears its conclusion throughout the country, parents will try to figure out how to keep their children occupied during the summer. Meanwhile, there are thousands of children across the country who are hoping to return to their families from foster care this summer as well. The plight of children in foster care is typically emphasized in May, Foster Care Month. According to childrensrights.org, roughly 640,000 children spent some time in out-of-home care last year.

There are many factors that cause children to be removed from their homes and ultimately placed in foster care. In many instances, parents have legal, physical or mental health issues that prevent them from being capable of being the primary care givers for their children. The children are also removed from the home because of their own issues, such as legal issues, sexual, emotional, drug or physical abuse, or mental health problems. Once removed from the home, the children have to receive treatment to address their presenting issues.

President and CEO of The Children's Village, Jeremy Kohomban PH.D  oversees an agency that services foster children in New York City and Westchester County.

President and CEO of The Children’s Village, Jeremy Kohomban Ph.D. oversees an agency that services foster children in New York City and Westchester County.

According to childrensrights.org, nearly half of the children in foster care have chronic medical conditions and upwards of 80 percent of these children have diagnosed emotional or mental health problems. This reality makes it challenging for potential foster parents who want to make a difference in these children’s lives. As a result, group homes, residential treatment facilities (RTF), and residential treatment centers (RTC) have become alternatives to provide resources and care to children who need extra attention. However, this solution has drawbacks for the children.

Many are unaware of the fact that actor/comedian Eddie Murphy spent a brief part of his childhood in foster care.

Many are unaware of the fact that actor/comedian Eddie Murphy spent a brief part of his childhood in foster care.

The Children’s Village is a foster care agency that services children in New York City and Westchester County. Children’s Village President and CEO Jeremy Kohomban Ph.D. believes that  “The longer kids stay in institutions, the less capable they are of reintegrating into society.” There structured settings often do not resemble everyday life and limits emotional, educational and social development of many foster children. There are also unfortunate incidents where children endure physical or sexual abuse while in these institutions, from either other children or staff, that compound their situation. These factors make it difficult to find the proper place for these children that need the proper care.

Actress Victoria Rowell may be most known for her role on The Young and the Restless, but she is also a strong advocate for foster children as a former foster child herself.

Actress Victoria Rowell may be most known for her role on The Young and the Restless, but she is also a strong advocate for foster children as a former foster child herself.

Ideally, children can find the care they need within their neighborhoods and stay as close to their families as possible. John Mattingly is a senior program associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland. While studying national trends in childcare services he surmised, “The key [to helping foster children] today is to build a stronger neighborhood to protect our kids.” Mattingly highlighted trends that demonstrated that children greatly benefited from being in traditional settings when possible. However, there is a balance that needs to be met that allows the child to be properly healed, or instilled with the proper coping mechanisms, so that they can thrive in their returns from foster care.

NBA Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning has used his platform to bring awareness to foster care issues as a former foster child.

NBA Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning has used his platform to bring awareness to foster care issues as a former foster child.

The awareness that children have of their circumstances while in foster care cannot be understated. The average age of foster children entering care is over 9 years old. Former NBA player Alonzo Mourning became a foster child at the age of 11 after his parents divorced. Mourning remembered, “I wasn’t comfortable at home. Divorce is hard to understand when you’re a kid.” The decision that resulted in Mourning’s entrance into foster care helped him come to an understanding that, “No part of life is always going to be milk and cookies.” The resolve he developed at that age helped him in his career and forged a mindset that was the genesis to Mourning’s giving spirit.

Author and director Antwone Fisher uses his personal background as a foster child to inspire others.

Author and director Antwone Fisher uses his personal background as a foster child to inspire others.

Mourning used his celebrity profile to bring to issues surrounding children in need including the Overtown Youth Center he helped found. Other notable celebrities who have been in foster care include Eddie Murphy, Victoria Rowell, and Antwone Fisher. They have all brought attention to the improvements needed in the foster care system while standing as positive role models for those who share the foster care experience.

For those interested in becoming a foster parent, information is readily available at www.fostercarenetwork.org.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a former foster care case worker. He is also a sports writer and  management training consultant. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.com.

Presidents differ in #BringBackOurGirls attitudes

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By Carmen Glover

U.S. President Barack Obama authorized 80 military forces to be deployed to Chad to conduct aerial searches and intelligence in the effort to rescue the close to 300 Nigerian school girls who were abducted six weeks ago by the Islamist terror groupBoko Haram. Conversely, Nigerian PresidentGoodluck Jonathan refused to meet with scores of protestors who marched to the presidential home on Thursday, leaving a representative to deliver a stern rebuke instead, the Associated Press reported.

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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan seems indifferent to the plight of the kidnapped girls.

Thursday’s protest was a coordinated effort, with many schools closed across the country in order to keep the spotlight on the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. The protests were also organized to voice displeasure about President Jonathan’s tepid efforts to secure the girls’ rescue as well as mass murders of innocent civilians in the country by the terror group.

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Male supporters make their voices heard as the uncertainty grows about the girls’ well-being.

While some Americans have argued that President Obama should send “boots on the ground” to augment the aerial crew that he committed to the search and rescue efforts, President Jonathan has been universally chastised for his slow, and seeming nonchalance in speaking out against the abductions and mass murders or coordinating efforts to rescue the girls. Indeed, he was vilified for rejecting the United States’ offer of help when it was initially offered, until he reversed himself due to public outcry.

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Women continue to wear red and lead the effort in organizing rallies in Nigeria and around the world.

Meanwhile, another week begins and the fate of the girls as well as the fear struck in the hearts of the other residents who are being killed with impunity, continues unchecked.–OnPointPress.net.

Pele, Brazil, engulfed in turmoil, as World Cup tournament looms

Anti-government protesters demonstrate at the security perimeter two kilometers (1.2 miles) from the Castelao stadium in Fortaleza where Spain and Italy are to clash in their FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 semifinal football match, on June 27, 2013. Riot and mounted police set up roadblocks on access roads leading to the stadium as several thousand young demonstrators peacefully rallied outside Ceara State University in Fortaleza Thursday, hours before the match. Nationwide anti-government protests in Brazil initially focused on a hike in transport fares before mushrooming to encompass a variety of gripes including corruption and the lack of investment in health and education as well as to denounce the high costs of hosting the Confederations Cup and next year's World Cup.   AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA        (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Anti-government protesters demonstrate in Brazil as the World Cup nears.

By Carmen Glover

As soccer lovers wait impatiently for the World Cup tournament to begin in Brazil in June, reports continue to surface about the turmoil that has engulfed the host country due to deaths at construction sites, ongoing strikes by workers and outspoken comments by enduring Brazilian soccer legend and global icon: Pele, who has brought his country the World Cup championship three times and is now an adviser to the World Cup organizers

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Brazilian soccer legend Pele has accused the World Cup organizers of stealing the money that should have been spent on construction. He has been branded “a traitor” for  discouraging protests as the country prepares to host the World Cup games in June.

According to published reports, Pele has not been shy in voicing his outrage and disgust with his country’s poor handling of the preparations or accusing his countrymen of stealing the money allocated for the construction projects, resulting in the delays. Many of the stadiums that are slated to host games are still unfinished.  Brazil, which is regarded as the country that prides itself as the epitome of playing with finesse and charm is viewed as a mecca of soccer.

A boy holds up a banner as children sit at what is meant to represent a public school classroom, during a protest against the 2014 World Cup, organised by non-governmental organisation (NGO) Rio de Paz (Rio of Peace) at the Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro May 14, 2014.  REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

A boy holds up a banner as children sit at what is meant to represent a public school classroom, during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on May 14, 2014.

Brazilians have been staging almost daily protests and telling soccer fans to stay home and refrain from going to Brazil to support the World Cup. Reports coming out of Brazil state that the residents are angry that money that should be spent on basic infrastructure and social needs are being used instead to build grand stadiums for the World Cup, while the citizens suffer. This has caused potential tourists and soccer fans to think twice about going to Brazil for the World Cup as they ponder their safety.

Members of Brazil's Homeless Workers' Movement (MTST), who are living at the "People's World Cup Camp" which houses some 2,800 families of the movement in the district of Itaquera near Sao Paulo's World Cup stadium, Arena de Sao Paulo, block a road during a protest against the World Cup in Sao Paulo, May 15, 2014. Brazilians opposed to the World Cup and the public funds spent on the construction of stadiums called for a day of protest around the country.  REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL  - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST)

Members of Brazil’s Homeless Workers’ Movement (MTST), who are living at the “People’s World Cup Camp” which houses some 2,800 families of the movement in the district of Itaquera near Sao Paulo’s World Cup stadium, Arena de Sao Paulo, block a road during a protest against the World Cup in Sao Paulo, May 15, 2014. Brazilians opposed to the World Cup and the public funds spent on the construction of stadiums called for a day of protest around the country. -Reuters.

It is impossible for soccer fans to ignore the plight of the Brazilians or dismiss their struggles. After all, every citizen has a right to expect a good quality of life and should expect governmental officials to allocate the nation’s funds appropriately.

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Protests have continued unabated in Brazil as the World Cup nears.

BBC Radio reported earlier this week that workers labeled Pele “a traitor” because he discouraged them from going on strike during the period when the country is preparing to host the World Cup. But long before the workers went on strike soccer lovers expressed concern about Brazil’s slow pace with constructing the sites for the World Cup matches, leading FIFA president Sepp Blatter to share his own concerns.

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Sepp Blatter, FIFA President is the face of the World Cup that is rife with controversy.

The turmoil that is roiling Brazil is the last thing that FIFA president Sepp Blatter needs as the days towards the tournament celebrating the beautiful game grow near. At the beginning of the year, Blatter did not mince words in assessing Brazil’s snail-like pace with preparations to host the World Cup.

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Brazilian protestors voice their concerns about misuse of government funds.

“It’s the country which is the furthest behind since I’ve been at FIFA,” he said, while also explaining that Brazil is the only country that had a seven-year period of time to prepare. However, the slow pace of preparation almost pales in significance to the concerns of the Brazilian residents who are exercising their right to protest. Their show of civil actions raise an important question: How would you feel if your basic needs were been ignored at the expense of a game that doesn’t benefit you?

People take part in the "Nao Vai Ter Copa" (You are not going to have Cup) protest along Brigadeiro Luis Antonio Avenue, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on January 25, 2014. Brazil was bracing Saturday for a first wave of nationwide demonstrations against staging the World Cup after activists from the protest group Anonymous went on social media calling for action. AFP PHOTO / Miguel SCHINCARIOL

People take part in the “Nao Vai Ter Copa” (You are not going to have Cup) protest along Brigadeiro Luis Antonio Avenue, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on January 25, 2014.

From all indications, the unrest and controversy that have engulfed Brazil’s preparations to host the World Cup have cast a pall over the games. This could ultimately dim the enthusiasm of soccer lovers, causing them to think twice about making the trek to Brazil, the heart of soccer, and opt instead to watch the games from the safety of their living rooms or sports bars. It would be hard to blame them, because safety comes first.  –OnPointPress.net.

DJ Revolution presents ‘Unearthed’ with Coalmine Records

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New York: On May 27, Coalmine Records has released “Unearthed,” a mixed tape created by DJ Revolution, in celebration of the independent label’s ten years in business.

The album is currently available through all major digital retailers as a CD, double-disc set which contains both a mixed version, arranged by DJ Revolution, in addition to an ‘Untagged Deluxe Edition’ which includes three bonus cuts.

“Unearthed, epitomizes our commitment to delivering quality Hip-Hop, equipped with a track list that serves as a who’s who of today’s independent Hip-Hop scene,” said the Coalmine Records team.

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“Unearthed” features Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, Large Professor, The Artifacts, Blu, Sean Price, Billy Danze (of M.O.P.), Big Noyd, Skillz, Guilty Simpson, Rah Digga, Maffew Ragazino, El Da Sensei and Fashawn, among others. Producers tapped include the Australian Aria Award-winning M-Phazes, Marco Polo, Ayatollah, Diamond D, Nottz, Khrysis, and more.

‘Untagged Edition’ and ‘iTunes Deluxe Edition’ will be available for digital download on May 27. ‘Unearthed’ is now available for purchase via iTunes, Fat Beats, and UGHH.

For more information about Coalmine Records, contact Diamond Media 360 at info@coalminerecords.com. —OnPointPress.net.

 

NCAA vs. NBA draft policy: Are changes needed? (Part II)

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has made it a priority to address the issue of raising the age limit from 19 to 20.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, holds up the name of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who won the NBA Draft Lottery. Silver  has made it a priority to address the issue of raising the age limit from 19 to 20.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is down to its final 4 teams vying for the NBA Championship for this season. Meanwhile, Tuesday marked the beginning of the next season as the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Draft Lottery, giving them the chance to pick first in the draft in consecutive years. While the draft lottery creates a modicum of suspense for NBA fans, the league would be better suited making major changes to the NBA Draft that would make the teams better for the long run, analysts say.

The advent of the NBA Draft Lottery was meant to be a deterrent to teams intentionally losing so that they could have the number one pick in the draft. The main impetus for the change was consecutive years where the Houston Rockets (1983 & 84) seemingly tanked in order to land two highly touted prospects, Ralph Sampson in 1983 and Hakeem Olajuwon in 1984. The change was necessary but the overreaction to institute a draft lottery allowed for a routine in which the worst teams do not receive the best players.

The NBA Draft lottery was instituted after the Houston Rockets received the #1 pick in 1983 & '84 and used them to select Ralph Sampson (r) and Hakeem Olajuwon (l) respectively.

The NBA Draft lottery was instituted after the Houston Rockets received the #1 pick in 1983 & ’84 and used them to select Ralph Sampson (r) and Hakeem Olajuwon (l) respectively.

Contrasting this with the National Football League (NFL) model that aligns the top pick with worst record, with the exception of consecutive years, one can see why there tends to consistently be a problem with the distribution of talent in the NBA. The draft lottery system raises questions about the legitimacy of the process as conspiracy theories are constantly attached to this system. All of these issues make the questions about who should be eligible to be drafted seem minor, yet the age of the draftees continues to be an issue that’s front and center.

The hoopla surrounding this year’s draft class was focused on talented underclassmen like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, and Julius Randle. These young men were all freshmen when they declared for the draft. They are the latest in a consistent string of talented youngsters who spend just one year removed from their graduating high school class before declaring for the NBA draft, as is currently required by the NBA. Many are opposed to this ‘one and done’ rule in theory, yet there is more excitement surrounding this draft class than there has been in several years.

This year's draft class features highly touted freshmen  (l - r)  Jabari Parker, Joel Embid, Andrew Wiggins, and Julius Randle.

This year’s draft class features highly touted freshmen (l – r) Jabari Parker, Joel Embid, Andrew Wiggins, and Julius Randle.

Numerous opponents to the NBA’s ‘one and done’ rule make many unsubstantiated claims as to the certain improvement of the quality of the NCAA and NBA if the the rule goes away.

ESPN president John Skipper described the rule on age limits:

“The single worst violation of student-athlete relationships,” Skipper also said: “I have no quarrel with kids wanting to go play basketball. I think they should have to stay a couple or three years.”

ESPN President John Skipper is one of many who oppose the NBA one and done rule.

ESPN President John Skipper is one of many who oppose the NBA one and done rule.

Skipper is among the many who believe the indentured servitude that is collegiate sports is a better fit for the very athlete who will generate billions annually for televisions networks, advertisers, institutions, and franchises. Interestingly, Skipper is against these college players being paid.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has received greater attention from his handling of the Donald Sterling mess than for his initial agenda, which has been to change the ‘one and done’ rule.

“I’ve been a proponent of raising the age [limit] from 19 to 20 because I think it would make a better league,” announced Silver in a conference call with sports editors in April. With no data to back these assertions, Silver has repeatedly stated the importance of raising the age limit.

NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson supports the one and done rule and points out the exploitive nature of the NCAA.

NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson supports the one and done rule and points out the exploitive nature of the NCAA.

Inquiring minds should ask: What financial benefit would the league see if this were to occur? The simple answer is, without any other changes, an increase in the age limit would drastically reduce the average players’ earning potential. Players are far less likely to receive maximum contracts after the age of 30 and a change of the ‘one and done’ rule automatically pushes every player closer to 30 by the time of their second free agency contract. Meanwhile, there is no salary cap for coaches and executives.

As is stands, the millionaire executives paid to evaluate, draft, train, and coach the players have unlimited earning potential, with a longer period of time to do their job. However, players would have their earning potential limited and have to spend more of their physical prime playing for free. Many supporters of the ‘one and done’ rule think about current athletes and the luxurious lifestyle they are afforded.

The Cavaliers won the number one pick in the NBA draft with new General Manager David Griffin (l) receiving congratulations from Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum (r).

The Cavaliers won the number one pick in the NBA draft with new General Manager David Griffin (l) receiving congratulations from Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum (r).

They forget about the hundreds of athletes that came before them who were completely taken advantage of. They do not consider that these current NBA rules are already restrictive, considering how dependent the sport is on selling its superstars. NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson points out:

“Colleges are greedy, They want to keep them [kids] in school because it helps them – it helps the coach, it helps the winning percentage.”

The NCAA’s motive is clear, keeping talent that produces billions annually for as long as possible makes sense for business. However, the NBA seems to be confused by claiming to want to put the best product on the floor. But this year’s draft class illustrates that a great number of the best players available are 19, not 20 or older. So why wouldn’t the NBA want them? Actually they do. They just realize that so many of their executives are so poor at developing these youngsters when they come into the league that they hope to get more finished products. Unfortunately for them, there is no business immune to the pitfalls of poor management, which is the NBA’s biggest problem, not age limits as the league tries to suggest..–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a management training consultant. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.com.