As I wake up this morning, I am thrilled to see another day!  Excited for the opportunity that GOD has given me to do or to say something that will mean more to someone other than myself. It could be as simple as “good morning”, or “you look nice” or “I’m sorry”.

I don’t want to sound like I’m ungrateful to be here in anyway form or fashion but it makes me sick to hear everyday that someone else has gone to extraordinary lengths to bring misery and hurt to those who we all were placed here to love.

Think about it, a human being can go to a school where children were sent to learn and to love and kill them in a manner that one would be executed for a despicable crime for no apparent reason.  Or a decorated veteran can kill the mother of his children, her mother and her mother’s mother, her sister and brother and then himself.  How about a man with a checkered past and history of mental unrest –who needed help himself, can barricade himself with people that he did not know who were simply working in a coffee house and then kills two of them before killing himself for no reason at all? 

Now it seems to me, that with all of this going on and people all over the United States seemingly upset with the police and how they are making themselves, the judge the jury as well as the executioner right in our city streets and sidewalks. Somebody, anybody or everybody should say, “what can I do to make it better”? Marches taking place everyday because this is just not right.  But guess what?  None of this is right.  Black lives matters?  Really?  I would go just a step further to say that all lives matters.  No matter what age, color, gender or religious preference, GOD placed us all on this earth to live and to love.  Say a prayer today for all of us on earth in hopes that we realize that ALL LIVES MATTER.

Gary Moore

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Gary Moore, Founder and Dikembe Mutombo, Global Ambassador of NBA, after the SMU v. UCONN game on January 4, 2014

I was in attendance for the first basketball game that was held at the newly renovated Moody Coliseum on the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU). The game pitted the SMU “Mustangs”, coached my legendary Head Coach Larry Brown going against the UCONN “Huskies”, coached by its 2rd year Head Coach Kevin Ollie.  Ollie played for Coach Brown as an NBA player with the Philadelphia 76ers and was a member of the 2001 team that reached the NBA Finals.  This game resembled a reunion of sorts because it involved SMU assistants, Eric Snow and George Lynch who were also members of that 2001 Sixers team as well as Dikembe Mutombo, Coach Mike Woodson (NY Knicks) and myself who among the sellout crowd to witness the contest.

I have a profound appreciation for what Coach Brown is now doing at SMU.  He has accomplished so much as a player and coach, he’s winning at every level and yet, he is still teaching young people the right way to live and play basketball.  I witnessed first hand the empowerment as he helped to develop these and so many others into good human beings and successful athletes.  Coach Brown did so much for me by allowing me (  in my role as special advisor and personal manager), to travel with his teams and to observe the many practice sessions, meetings, dinners, and team travel. Procedures.  I learned so much about interpersonal skill development of these players and just how important that was to their success as professional athletes.

It was such a great feeling to see everyone come together again to witness the results of that empowerment.  Here it was, Coach Brown vs Coach Ollie, almost like teacher going against his pupil in a win/win situation.  Both teams are winners because no matter what the final score of the game was on the court, both teams were in preparation of their future through higher education.  These two coaches have so much love and respect for one another that the final score would become somewhat irrelevant.  That is a huge part of that empowerment that I’m always speaking of.  Many times the nurturing and the development as people far outweighs what takes place while playing the basketball game.

I am personally concerned about the development and the success of our future professionals.  It has been proven that anything that deeply concerns one can be transformed into positive change.  At MME we are committed to our clients and will always offer the encouragement to obtain and exhibit the skills necessary to foster a career in professional sports or entertainment.   Like both of these coaches, we are dedicated to challenging and nurturing the potential of young men and women in order to place them in a position that will give them the opportunity to allow their premiere talents to shine.

Allen Iverson - Unsung
As the NBA season approaches, this is normally the time when I reminisce back on years past and the electrifying scoring performances of legends such as Allen Iverson.
Gary Moore, Founder and Dikembe Mutombo, Global Ambassador of NBA, after the SMU v. UCONN game on January 4, 2014

On this day I remember, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr..  Non-Violence, Non-Violence, Non-Violence.  His words will remain in my heart and mind forever.  I hear him like it was yesterday, "I'm not angry, I'm not afraid of any man, Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of The Lord; because I've Already Been to the Mountain Top".  May he always rest in peace! 

Each night as I lay in bed to sleep, I'm in constant thought of our young people.  I think to myself, "what can we do to help them-what can we do to help each other"?  I use the word We quite often, I believe that we must come together as a nation, as a community and as a family.  We must respect each other enough to listen to one another, to share in our beliefs and to "connect" with our young people by meeting them on their own common ground and listen to what they are thinking.  We don't all speak the same language or share the same thoughts, however we must make them feel that they are important enough to listen to what they are thinking while encouraging the love and respect that we all deserve.  We must put aside our selfish desires before we can ever understand or seek to help them to fulfill their needs.  These kids represent the future and we are losing far too many of them to the senseless violence that plagues our communities because of our failure as adults to empower them through education.

It is sad to see any mother, father, sister, brother, friend or next of kin to bury a child or dream.  I personally lost a nephew in 1995 before he reached 17 years of age to the same senseless violence that exists today.  It reaches far deeper than that for me because I cannot ignore the disconnect that preceded the end result.  

There are families today where sisters and brothers can't even speak to one another much less tell them that they love each other simply because one refuses to respect the principles or beliefs of the other.  This creates the disconnect that trickles down throughout that entire family that someday could negatively affect so many others without even knowing it.  So we can start today in our own families and in our own way, to find a way to help the future generations of this world by first getting along with the people in our family.

If we can figure out a way to get along with one another, and get out of our own way, we can help our young people.  These kids today are loveable, capable and saveable.  In spite of all of the senseless violence there are the opportunities to form coalitions and initiatives that are geared towards creating programs and positive alternatives in our homes and communities.  

Let's work together!

Just my thought................

Gary D. Moore

PHILADELPHIA – A certain fire ignited in Chris Paul’s eyes when he began talking about former 76ers superstar and likely future Hall of Famer Allen Iverson.

It was shortly after Iverson tearfully announced his official retirement from the game of basketball that Paul was asked what Iverson meant to him. Why he wore jersey number three.  Why perhaps the toughest player, pound-for-pound in NBA history, left such an indelible mark on so many of his contemporaries and so many young players today, four years since he last played a meaningful game as a professional.

Allen Iverson was more than basketball. He was more than a culture, more than a city, a run to the Finals and a Gladiator-like Most Valuable Player season. He defined an entire generation.  

“He meant everything to me,” Paul said. “I grew up in North Carolina and I loved Michael Jordan to death, but Allen Iverson had a bigger influence on the game of basketball than anybody. I don’t even think it is close.”

Jamal Crawford similarly idolized Iverson. His room was plastered with posters of the diminutive 2001 MVP. He saw him play in person for the first time in 1997, as a high school junior, when the 76ers visited Seattle. Crawford was 17 and Iverson was a rookie.

“I went to a game when he played the Sonics and I was with [Will] Conroy and [Iverson] signed my ticket stub and Will tried to shove a ball in his face,” Crawford said. “But I was the last person he signed [for] and Will was upset because we both loved Iverson.”

Iverson was arguably one of the most polarizing figures in the sports world for nearly two decades. He was a high school superstar, a Georgetown legend and entered the league as the unquestioned No. 1 pick in 1996. He wore braids and a headband and by the time he reached worldwide rock-star status had tattoos that covered every inch of his arms and torso. He was the antithesis of corporate America, a representation of self that was both unique and at times disruptive.

There was the infamous “practice” press conference, the unflattering way his boisterous career ended with a whimper and the alleged financial woes that followed. But those memories are finite. His passion for the sport, his 48-point performance in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals, his toughness, his flair, his gravelly voice and sheer honesty as a person and a player live on despite his many tribulations and faults. Iverson was easy to love for young basketball fans, even young prodigies like Paul or Crawford.

“A lot of kids and even guys in the NBA will tell you the sleeves the guys wear on their arms, that’s Allen Iverson,” Paul said. “Some guys wear it as a pad, and stuff like that, but that’s Allen Iverson. When I was a kid, I wanted braids because of Allen Iverson. I wear number three, the way that I play, because of Allen Iverson.”

Asked what made Iverson so appealing, Crawford, who much like Iverson has dozens of tattoos and uses a devastating crossover to free himself for pull-up jumpers, said it was a combination of things.

“His style, the way he played, his heart, he was so little,” Crawford said. “But he was unstoppable. I was just going back watching tape and I was like, you got your crossover to a jump shot from him. He was like an artist and I got it from him. That crossover to a pull-up.

“I remember he was on the cover Slam and he had his afro picked out like Dr. J and had the white uniform on and the diamond bracelet and I was like, ‘Wow.’”

The 76ers announced last week that they will retire Iverson’s No. 3 jersey on Mar. 1, three months after the Clippers make their only stop of 2013-14 in Philadelphia. But regardless of whether or not the 11-time All-Star’s uniform is hanging from the Wells Fargo Center’s rafters on Monday night or next season, it will always be Iverson’s town in the mind of his many admirers.

Second-year guard Maalik Wayns, a native Philadelphian who met Iverson when he was eight years old at a local basketball camp, said “If you grew up in Philadelphia, Allen Iverson was your favorite player.”

Unlike, Paul or Crawford or Willie Green, who played three-plus seasons in Philadelphia with Iverson, Wayns was still a collegian when Iverson made his NBA exit in 2009-10. Still, he wears Iverson’s shoes, the Question, and remains influenced by him as a pro. 

“I think he changed the game,” Wayns said. “I was just a little small, and quick, so it was like; those were the guys I thought I could be like in the NBA.

“Iverson’s just, you know, an inspiration.”

To this day, Green talks about Iverson. He said he played one-on-one against him after practice nearly every day for the first three years of his career… and never beat him.

He shares stories with Crawford and Paul and all of the Clippers who will listen. Green insists he got better every day because they were teammates.

“I wanted to beat him,” Green said. “But he’s so competitive. He was unstoppable.”

The competitiveness sounds a bit like Paul, Green’s best friend on the Clippers. That’s arguably something else the superstar point guard used as inspiration from the 76ers great. But in a many ways, like an embodiment of basketball anthropology, nearly every guard in the Clippers’ locker room took something from Iverson.

“There aren’t a lot of people that have had a bigger influence in my life than A.I.,” Crawford said with a smile, recollecting those some 35-40 pictures of Iverson in his bedroom back home in Seattle. “My whole room was a shrine to him.”

Nearly 2,300 miles away in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, another future Clipper was similarly awestruck.

“There are a few guys since I’ve played in the league that I’ll never forget the first time I played against them and he was one of them,” Paul said. “It’s sad to see him retiring, but his imprint on this game will never be forgotten.”

NBA.com released the results of the annual survey of its 30 general managers Tuesday, and unsurprisingly, LeBron James and the Miami Heat ranked at the top.

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