From NBA Star To School Crossing Guard for the Health Insurance

Dantley

Former NBA Superstar and Hall-of-Famer, Adrian Dantley, has a new job as a middle school crossing guard. This gives a whole new meaning to a “crossing-guard” in the NBA. Retired NBA players usually don’t end up working again especially blue-collar jobs. The money they earn through their careers is usually enough to provide for themselves and their family, but it isn’t about the money in Adrian Dantley’s case. After Dantley’s NBA career ended, he made his way up the coaching ladder.

From 2009-2012, Dantley was an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets, and he later was the head coach while George Karl was battling cancer. After that season ended, Dantley suddenly found himself without a  job because he did not want to switch back seats with Coach Karl after his return. This left Dantley without a job, out of the NBA, and without health insurance.

Now, Adrian Dantley is a crossing guard making about $15,000 a year working outside of Eastern Middle School in Washington, D.C., and 15k a year isn’t much for a man who still lives in a 1.1 million dollar home in a suburb of D.C. However, Dantley didn’t take the job for the money or the public service. He took the job for the health benefits because the NBA does not offer health benefits for retired players.  Although the job is part-time job working only one hour a day, he receives full-time healthcare benefits.

“On a recent morning I was sitting in a car at the intersection that Dantley guards, and just minutes before the first period bell was to ring, I saw him lunge in front of a running youngster, who was oblivious to everything but her own fear of tardiness, and keep the kid out of the path of a turning automobile. He went about this lifesaving task with all the effort he’d put into stopping Isaiah Thomas from driving to the basket or David Falk from touching a paycheck. It was as if the gods wanted me to know Dantley’s not on anybody’s dole.” – Dave McKenna / Sportswriter – Full Story via Yahoo

Dantley averaged 24.3 points per game for his career and is a top 25 scorer in NBA history, and he was also the leading scorer on the 1976 US Olympic team that captured the gold medal in Montreal. His NBA career lasted 15 years, also making six All-Star appearances.

Movie Review – A League of Their Own (1992)

A League of Their Own was a brilliant movie released in 1992, and it has since made its way into Hollywood history. The directors, producers, and actors had such a small canvas, but they managed to produce a masterpiece. Nobody ever knew they could stir up so much emotion for a woman’s baseball league.

I was only a kid when I first saw this movie, but I felt its importance even then. Seeing these women deal with the struggles of playing for an under-minded baseball league as they made their way to the big leagues was a tremendous experience. This movie gives you a glimpse into the challenges and barriers women faced especially in sports.

Back then, I wasn’t familiar with the big name A list actors and actresses, but I knew they were doing one hell of a job. Looking back,  for me, the stand-out star in the movie was Geena Davis.

Davis was a budding star on the silver screen, but I had no idea of the impact and inspiration of the women behind the movie. I just knew I was watching a memorable performance by a beautiful woman. Her portrayal of star baseball player Dottie Hinson was remarkable and will forever be one of my favorites.  Dottie Hinson’s character was inspired by real life female baseball player Dorothy “Dottie” Kamenshek.

Kamenshek played first base for the Rockford (Ill.) Peaches from 1943 to 1951 and again in 1953, and finished among the league’s top 10 career batting leaders, with an average of .292. She was named one of the top 100 female athletes of the century by Sports Illustrated, winning batting titles by hitting .316 in 1946 and .306 in 1947. Read Full Article NYTimes

Also, this was my first introduction to the acting talents of Tom Hanks who is now one of my favorite actors as well, and his work in Hollywood has been legendary. The supporting cast was made up of many big celebrity names who in 1992 were at the beginner of their careers. The biggest celebrity name on that list is mega-star Madonna, who played the role of Mae Morabito.

Mae and her chubby fun-loving friend played by Rosie O’Donnell were very memorable characters in the movie. Anne Cusack, Bill Pullman, and Jon Lovitz also played major roles in this classic hit. It’s simply a flawless picture from start to finish. If you haven’t seen this movie, I strongly suggest you make it the next movie you watch. This is a hit that definitely is a home run. Check out one of my favorite scenes. Enjoy!

Lance Armstrong: Classic Narcissist or Psychopath Maybe Both

by Deona Hooper, MSW

Lance Armstrong Interview w/Oprah

A media sandstorm was unleashed after Lance Armstrong did his tell all interview with Oprah on her cable network channel OWN this past Thursday night. The cloud of Armstrong using performance enhancing drugs during his seven Tour de France wins has loomed over the cyclist for almost 15 years. However, the allegations are now reality because Armstrong has finally admitted to doping in order to achieve his record wins.

Reporters, sports analysts, and former victims of Lance Armstrong have all used terms such as narcissist and/or psychopath to describe Armstrong’s behavior in conducting and protecting his doping scheme over the past decade. Lance Armstrong has built a reputation that has utilized tactics to literally destroy anyone both in character and financially who questioned, eluded, or reported any of his wrong doings. During  Armstrong’s  interview with Oprah, several videos were aired of Armstrong shaming and showing disdain for those who questioned his seven Tour de France wins.

We have seen this saga play out before with other high-profile athletes accused of using performance enhancing drugs to excel in their respective sport, but what makes this case different? The difference in this case is the manner in which Lance Armstrong went after his detractors. Armstrong and his team of lawyers destroyed anyone who dared to question his integrity. After all, Armstrong created the Livestrong Cancer Foundation in which he made sure the two could not be separated. Many have since stated that Armstrong used Livestrong as a shield because no one wanted to undermine the great work of the foundation. Is classic narcissist or psychopath a fair analysis of his past behavior and lack of remorse as described by many after watching the interview?

“He will give the impression that he is highly accomplished at anything and everything he does. He will always be right no matter what. Even if he is wrong, he will twist the truth so that he can assign blame to anyone or anything other than himself.” Lifescript. com How to Deal with Narcissistic Behavior

“Imagine – if you can – not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern for the well-being of strangers, friends, or even family members. Imagine no struggles with shame, not a single one in your whole life, no matter what kind of selfish, lazy, harmful, or immoral action you had taken.” The Mask of Sanity

View the video clips of Armstrong’s interview with Oprah, and you decide.

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