HoopsHype Etan Thomas rumors

November 21, 2013 Updates
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Eight years later, they remain friends and together helped guide Washington’s Etan Thomas through his heart surgery two years after theirs. “Every time I had a question, every time he had a question, we were there for moral support,” Turiaf said. “Of course, we still talk. It is not a one-way ticket for heart surgery, it is a lifetime bond we have. For me, that shows basketball is a game that transcends generations, that transcends colors. To have somebody like Fred Hoiberg and myself become partners in this crazy ordeal, it’s a wonderful thing for me.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

September 4, 2012 Updates

Amare Stoudemire and Allan Houston headlined a celebrity panel that converged in Harlem on Friday night to address a growing concern in America: the fatherless crisis. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau report, more than 25 million children now live apart from their biological fathers. That's a 15.3 percent increase (eight to 23.3 percent) from 1960 to 2006. But communities such as Harlem face the biggest challenges. Nearly two in three (65 percent) of African-American children live in fatherless homes, and 80 percent of those children can expect to live at least a part of their childhood living apart from their fathers. Along with ESPN NBA analyst Chris Broussard, rapper Styles P, actor Chaz Lamar Shepherd and NBA player Etan Thomas, Stoudemire and Houston -- who are all fatherhood activists through different initiatives -- discussed the topic of fatherhood and manhood in multiple ways. The event also featured poems on the topics by spoken-word artists J. Ivy, Julian Thomas and Messiah Ramkissoon. ESPN.com

Stoudemire, who also has a new book out for children called "STAT: Home Court," talked about losing his father, Hazell, at 12 years old, and how he turned to hip-hop, listening to 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. for direction. Now, as an entertainer himself, he understands the importance of helping under-served children find their way. And he wants fathers to have that commitment with their own children. Even in his 10th year in the NBA, Stoudemire, who has three kids, still feels pro athletes have a lot of work to do. "We have to be kings of the world, leaders, so we can build kings of the world," he said. "What they see on TV is that we got the big money, the big cars, the beautiful homes. But we've got to figure out ways to be positive influences to the youth because they follow us. Whatever we do, they want to do. We have to tell them to stay in school and keep their heads up. I was a history buff growing up. It seems like it's not cool to be smart, but it is." ESPN.com

August 29, 2012 Updates

Etan Thomas: The fact that so many athletes wanted to be involved in President Obama’s reelection campaign runs contrary to the popular image that professional basketball players are apolitical. It’s important to note that every athlete involved in the “Obama Classic” is wealthy enough to be a beneficiary of Romney and Ryan's trickle down economics policies that tend to favor the rich. It would be easy for us to adopt the greed and the “I got mine” mentality that has overtaken many of the people who share our tax bracket. The reason for our stance? Many of the athletes who participated last week come from humble beginnings. And we have not forgotten where we come from. Personally, I don't need a tax break, and I think many of us share this view. Teachers, firemen, construction workers, receptionists, farmers, joe the plumbers, those are the ones we need to help along. It's that mentality that caused all of these athletes to lend their names, time, and effort to help reelect President Obama. Washington Post

July 19, 2012 Updates

Thomas is working out in hopes of landing a roster spot next season. If successful, he’ll try to improve his career averages of 5.7 points and 4.7 rebounds. But he’s much more concerned about the dreary statistics on jail, teenage pregnancies, suicide rates and high school dropouts that worried his mother and continue to inundate society. That’s why he speaks regularly at schools and correctional facilities and why he wrote a new book, “Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge.” Washington Times

Former Wizards teammate Laron Profit and former Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington were among those joining Thomas on the church panel, which drew more than 200 men and boys. Thomas knows that sports serve as connective tissue between males of each generation. He also knows that players have the power to be positive or negative influences. “That’s why I wanted to include them in the book,” said Thomas, who intersperses his own writing with 44 essays from athletes, entertainers and other celebrities. “I wanted to have Kevin Durant tell how he grew up in a single-parent household. Then I wanted to show Derek Fisher, Grant Hill and Allan Houston talking about how much they love their kids. Washington Times

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When Etan Thomas asks, “Who’s your daddy?” it is not a rhetorical question. The 11-year-NBA veteran and former Syracuse standout center explores all angles of male parentage in his latest book, “Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge,” out Tuesday. A father of three, the 33-year-old Harlem-born Thomas understands daddy issues intimately. The Obama administration even chose him to participate in the President’s town hall meetings on fatherhood. New York Daily News

What motivated you to write this book? Etan Thomas: I just wanted to go through each topic and aspect of fatherhood. Some parts focus on young men getting over the anger of not having a father with them. In another chapter, I deal with the fact that when kids are younger and come from a single-parent home, all these statistics tell them that they are not going to be successful. They are going to end up in prison. I want to tell young people they can create their own path and here are some people who have done just that. These are people who have been through situations way worse than yours. Just look at Baron Davis and Kevin Durant, both of whom were able to rise above their upbringings. New York Daily News

April 25, 2012 Updates

Etan Thomas: It looks like it was just a power play which has backfired and now the situation between the two of you appears to be beyond fixable. If you would've presented a reason for suspicion, maybe you could have convinced the majority of the executive committee to support you, but without proof, you had nothing. So, when it came to vote, which is the way we make decisions, you lost 0-8. I wish you two could have gone into a room, aired out whatever it is that you two needed to air out and moved on. But that didn't happen, and honestly in that, I think both of you are at fault. I don't know all of the details of your issues with each other, and really, I don't want to know. It's not my business. But as you know Derek, there are rules to every game, in every organization, and when you break those rules, there are consequences. And as a result of your actions the board has voted unanimously and I would implore you to simply bow out gracefully. Huffington Post

December 28, 2011 Updates

Not every story has such a happy ending: Traylor, who went on to play overseas after heart surgery in 2005, died last spring of a heart attack. Though the specifics of his death remain unclear, it's a reminder of the seriousness of Green's condition and a testament to the importance of doctors finding it when they did. Green is aware of each man's story and has reached out to those who have survived. "I've talked to Etan," Green said. "I haven't had a chance to reach out to Ronny yet -- I've talked to Ronny through text, and Fred Hoiberg, he texted me, so they reached out. But I'll probably give them a call within the next day or two, just get their thoughts on the whole procedure and see what might be ahead of me in the next couple weeks." ESPN.com

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