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NBA Experience Grand Opening Is A Slam Dunk At Walt Disney World Resort

Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger joined by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver along with NBA and WNBA players to officially unveil first-of-its-kind destination at Disney Springs LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Aug. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — It was a championship-worthy celebration Monday morning at Disney Springs for the grand opening of NBA Experience. Amid cheering fans…

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What My Life In Sports Has Taught Me

An exclusive guest-post for Thought Economics By: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – The NBA’s All-Time Leading Scorer, 3x Award-Winning Columnist of the Year, NY Times Best-Selling Author & Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. Sports has dominated my life for most of my seventysome years, not just as a career, but as set of values and teachings as codified as any…

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Mycroft and Sherlock: The Empty Birdcage

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse. Titan, $25.99 (336p) ISBN 978-1-785659-30-0 Abdul-Jabbar and Waterhouse’s third pastiche (after 2018’s Mycroft and Sherlock), their best yet, provides intriguing challenges for both Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes while continuing to present plausible backstories for the brothers. In 1873, Mycroft and his longtime friend and partner, Cyrus Douglas, agree to help…

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February 14, 2019

Every age needs ageless heroes. But it’s important that we closely study our culture’s most prominent heroes because they reflect the trending values we are being asked to embrace while pointing to the future those values will lead us to. This generation’s most prominent basketball hero is LeBron James, and he clearly represents a bold…

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Muhammad Ali

He was a fighter, whether in or out of the ring. In the ring, he was as much businessman as athlete. Most young people today know Muhammad Ali only as the hunched old man whose body shook ceaselessly from Parkinson’s. But I, and millions of other Americans black and white, remember him as the man…

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Bruce Lee

Bruce created a jambalaya of martial arts, adding and discarding moves that were less effective. No wasted movements I took it to heart, I dedicated myself to preparation by maintaining complete focus during basketball practice and my training with Bruce. As a result, I became stronger, faster and a much more intense player. Bruce was…

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Coach John Wooden

Some lives are so extraordinary and touch so many people that their story must be told to generations to come so those values aren’t diminished or lost altogether. From the first day of my freshman year until the last practice of my senior year, we ran,” Abdul-Jabbar writes. “And then ran some more. There were…

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Jackie Robinson

When I was just a boy, my mom and I used to listen to baseball on the radio. My favorite team was the Brooklyn Dodgers, and my favorite player was Jackie Robinson, whose presence on a major league team in 1947 ended almost sixty years of segregation. Despite a barrage of racial slurs and abuse,…

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“Wild Bill”

Most people think of Hickok as a steely-eyed gunfighter – or the guy shot in the back of the head while playing poker (his hand, a pair of aces and a pair of eights, is known as “dead man’s hand”). But the real Hickok was much more interesting and inspiring. His legendary shooting skills were…

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I met Dr. King in the summer of 1964 when I was seventeen years old. He had come to speak to participants of the HARYOU ACT, a mentoring program in Harlem that I was a part of. During a press conference that was covered by all the major news media, I had the opportunity to…

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