Please….Please….Please forgive me for taking so much time away
from writing my blog. Obviously, I owe an explanation for this, so here it
Since re-signing with ESPN last April, not only have I been inundated with writing columns for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.Com as their new columnist, I’ve also been during my NBA stuff, handling personal matters – sorry, that portion of my life is none of ya’ll business – and pursuing new endeavors. All of which are really coming together for me right now.
As I told you all on several occasions in the past, I absolutely love
sports and have no desire to leave it. I just don’t want to be limited by
it. Issues stimulate me, particularly ones of the social variety. It
sparks something inside of me, simply, because it never fails to remind me of
the importance of having a higher purpose in life than just pursuing money and
success. And this presidential
campaign has definitely sparked something inside of me I never
knew existed until now.
From the time I interviewed Senator John McCain on my television show
“Quite Frankly” nearly two years ago, to when I met and talked privately with Senator Barack Obama last April in Philadelphia, I’ve become
more aware of several things: My higher purpose. My desire to serve my
community – and my ignorance to so many things I never even imagined I was ignorant
It’s hard to keep your mind focused on sports in an economy like this. Watching folks lose their jobs, witnessing their 401-K’s diminish by the hour. Even in sports, if you think for one second the NBA, NFL or even ESPN is economy-proof, don’t be fooled.
That’s why I plan on keeping my promise of using my website to write about more than sports. I’ll always talk about sports, but I won’t hesitate to touch on life, either.
So don’t be surprised if you see a political column from time-to-time. And for those who think, “what the hell is Stephen A doing talking about something other than sport?”, consider it appropriate since I frequently talk to people outside the world of sports, so there’s certainly nothing wrong with writing about folks outside the world of sports.
No worries! I won’t disappear for months at a time, anymore. Promise.
Having said all of that, let me get my NBA fix out of the way real quick. Here’s a few things you should expect for this upcoming season:
*Greg Oden will lead Portland into the playoffs
*That means that Denver (Iverson and
Carmelo) and Golden State
*Phoenix won’t make enough noise this season, even with Shaq, Amare and Nash.
*That would be because San Antonio, Utah, New Orleans and the Lakers are all better.
*Boston’s still the team to beat in the East.
*Detroit may be a close second, but Philly might be, too, since they have Elton Brand.
not going to do anything as long as Danny Ferry still sounds
panicky on the phones with teams while trying to make a trade.
*LeBron will continue to deny he’s leaving Cleveland, even though he definitely will.
Stay tuned. You won’t catch me on NBA Shootaround for ESPN this year, but you’ll probably see me everywhere else. I’ve expanded my horizons, hopefully beyond the world of sports. But never – ever – far away from the NBA. I love basketball too much.