It’s always fun to fill the brackets and see who picks the winners. It’s inspirational to see the young people work together as a team. Many of them are hoping for the dream of big money and fame in the NBA. The truth is they have more chance of being hit by a meteor than playing pro. The average time of a player in that league used to be 3 years. I don’t know what it is now, but it’s not a lifetime.
Along the way I hope they have attended class and earned a degree. I hope they have learned how to live. I hope they have learned self respect, enough to carry them so they don’t feel like a failure if college is the ultimate game. I hope they don’t recreate the last great game for the rest of their lives, at 40, 50, 60. Thinking that was the last time they were alive or important.
I hope they didn’t learn how to cheat from an unscrupulous coach. I hope they didn’t have fake classes like North Carolina lined up for its’ players. I hope they don’t rate themselves by wins and losses.
These athletes are promised and education. Instead the college sports scene and even high school have become places of modern day slavery. If a player is hurt or doesn’t bring the coach his wins he is finished. Coaches who provide women and liquor to these young men are abusers. They are teaching them to disrespect women and disrespect themselves. The higher the level the more pressure to win at all costs. University coaches make an obscene amount of money. Why? To entertain with kids they use like trash.
I know coaches from high school, community college, university and the NBA. I listened to two coaches one evening lament the death of a young man who attended school and when he was hurt, essentially dumped. No more scholarship, no possibility of an education. He died in a drug deal.
One of those coaches I listened to was a former assistant to a prominent coach who left every school on probation. He cheated until he was caught, then moved on, hired by another school…He told my friend, “Andy, you will never be a big time coach because you won’t cheat.” He was right. Andy loved the kids and his first goal was to get them an education. When the other coach, retired, 40 of his former players came back to say “Thank you.” None were playing in the NBA, all are upright men. They got an education and knew they had been given the greatest kind of coaching, good example.