Today's New York Times has features a now-fashionable piece on the soccer-basketball mutual appreciation society. It's good stuff and more than anything highlights the growing international look of the NBA. There is one quote that warms my fatherly soul:
In all, six Lakers were reared overseas: Vladimir Radmanovic (Serbia), Sasha Vujacic (Slovenia), D. J. Mbenga (Congo), Ronny Turiaf (Martinique), Gasol and Bryant. Among them, they learned to speak more than a dozen languages and had one thing in common growing up.
“When they offer the first gift,” Mbenga said, “if you’re a boy, it’s a football.”Beautiful isn't it? I just bought my son his 1st ball about 3 weeks ago (the Don Garber signature model) at Target and it was a moment that I would love to see turn into a movement. Perhaps there should be "Buy Your Son a Ball Day"? I don't care what day it is just as long as it isn't March 14th because that is Daddy's special day.