Carmelo Anthony-Bright Lights to Chi-City??

Steve Lippo of WGN tweeted the photo from the United Center in Chicago

Steve Lippo of WGN tweeted the photo from the United Center in Chicago

Chicago or New York for Melo?

Some may look at Carmelo Anthony and his free agency choices of New York and Chicago as a no brainer.

New York can offer Anthony a larger contract if he decides to stay. New York can offer a five-year deal worth $129 million, while other teams can offer four-year, $96 million deals. With the restructuring of the entire Knicks front office, the addition of Derek Fisher and Phil Jackson, as well as the 30+ million more they can offer, the Knicks are sitting in a pretty good position. Remember, this may be His last max contract. As good as the Knicks have positioned themselves, don’t count the Bulls out of this race.

The Bulls can offer Melo a couple things as well that may be pretty attractive in his eyes. With the type of game that Melo has, he needs strong point guard play. Melo can create for himself but having a PG that can create and put him in a catch and shoot position takes the pressure off of his being the “ball stopper” he has to be in New York. He is also known more for his incredible offense and in Chicago they pride themselves on defense. With good defenders on the wings and down low, and a defensive minded coach, the environment and personality of the team will force Melo to work harder and dedicate himself to becoming a better defender.

In the end, going to Chicago would make him an immediate contender in the East and in the race for title contention. This is a point in his career where he will have to make a difficult choice and whatever that choice is, we will know where his priorities stand as far as winning a championship, or getting that max deal he feel he deserves.

So I ask you, Loyalty or Royalty?? (Leave thoughts below)

NCAA~Less is NOT more…in 2014

The NCAA appears to have come under more scrutiny as of late. But is this warranted? Some would say the NCAA, which is said to have limited resources, spends much of those resources enforcing infractions made by student athletes. However, on the other end of the spectrum, perhaps spending more time and resources helping universities coach their players in their lives off the field, these disciplinary actions can be avoided. With so many different ways for an NCAA athlete to find himself or herself in trouble, it is difficult for athletic departments to have time and resources to simulate/prepare all athletes for the insurmountable dangers that result in disciplinary actions by the University, the athletic program, and the law. The academic institutions rely on coaches and teachers to help prepare the athletes for any situation, but much more assistance is needed.

In the past month alone, there have been several incidents of NCAA athletes in hot water with the university or worse, the law. Nigel Bethel was dismissed by Texas Tech after allegedly punching a women’s basketball player in the face. North Texas suspended two of their players after they were arrested for stealing television sets from a Walmart. The worst offender might be Tracy Sprinkle from Ohio State, who was arrested on charges of rioting, failure to disperse, and possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

There are many different issues that student athletes can have difficulty handling in their everyday lives. Incidents involving drugs, alcohol and violence are not acceptable by any means, and yet occur rather frequently. Other topics, such as social media, are a little trickier for the athletes to navigate between right and wrong in terms of what they say or do on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other sites. Student athletes need to be taught the proper way to handle themselves on and off the field. The coaches already have a huge task ensuring the players obey the rules while on the field, which is why the NCAA needs to step in and help provide specialists to help with teaching standards and guidelines to the athletes off the field.

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Meika Mashack, MSW, BCaBA