Listen up: Money cant buy dignity
- Portland Tribune - Sports
Rasheed Wallace stirred up a lot of people with his assessment of the way the NBA treats black players. You might be surprised, in fact, who he stirred up.
Jim Brown, the former NFL star and longtime black activist, minced no words in an interview on AOL Sports: 'Rasheed should educate himself and learn something about blacks.'
In an even more scathing piece, former NBA player Len Elmore targeted Wallace. Elmore, an ESPN commentator and attorney, also is black.
'Those are strange comments coming from a guy who gets paid double-digit millions per year by one of those same owners,' Elmore said in a column published by Sports Business Journal. 'But money can't buy dignity. That is why Wallace is way off base, especially since he failed to look in the mirror before indicting NBA management. É'
'In the last 15 years, the NBA has created more African-American millionaires than in any time during the civilization of man. If that's exploitation, then exploit me, please. É
'So when Wallace says, none too cryptically, 'I know what this business is about,' I'm not sure he is as smart as he thinks.'
Furthermore, wrote Elmore, 'Whatever we perceive as the legacy of Magic or MJ, every player today must closely examine Magic's and MJ's modus operandi: Win and infect the fans with the idea that you are enjoying yourself rather than the constant 'bah, humbug' attitude on the court that is synonymous with Rasheed Wallace.'
Elmore pointed out the struggles of players who have come before him, men who stuck together to make the players' union strong enough to help Wallace and his ilk make the big bucks the old-timers never earned.
In his wonderfully written piece, Elmore concluded, 'Wallace (should) witness, firsthand, how former players have a common ground and a common purpose: community responsibility and a self-reliance that no team owner or league can diminish. It's called dignity.'
nKevin Love, the 6-8 freshman at Lake Oswego High, is wowing them already. And I'm hearing it's not only his talent but his temperament. He's gotten some cheap fouls and hasn't whined about them, a very nice trait for a young player in today's world.
nFrank Culbertson and John Clark, the guys who made the rebirth of 'Portland Wrestling' a hit in its brief run on KWBP (32) last year, are back at it. They'll begin taping a Portland Wrestling series for showing on Comcast (14) Saturday at 5 p.m. in Kliever Armory on Northeast 33rd Avenue.
Admission for the first TV taping is just $5, and Culbertson promises top talent from all over the West Coast.