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Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall was the first black cheerleader at the University of California, Berkeley in the late 1970s. She spent nearly four decades climbing the corporate ladder at AT&T. And today she is the first black, female CEO in the NBA, having taken the helm at the Dallas Mavericks in 2018 to clean up the league’s toxic work culture. But Marshall, 60, says she didn’t truly come into her own until more than 20 years into her career. “I just did my job and did what [my bosses] told me to do,” Marshall tells CNBC Make It.
Marshall started as the first African-American female to ever lead an NBA basketball team in February of 2018. She says she wanted to take the job “for the sisterhood.” Since taking the helm, Marshall has been focused on hiring a diverse executive team. There were no women or people of color on the Mavericks’ leadership team when Marshall started. Today, 50% are women and 47% are people of color, according to a Mavericks spokesperson.
She also brought her authentic leadership style to the Mavericks. When she started there, the first thing she did was hold one-on-ones with employees. She wanted to learn about their lives, from childhood to adulthood, not just about their career aspirations. “I [just] had a one-on-one with one of the vice presidents last night for two hours and probably an hour and a half of that was just personal talk,” Marshall tells Make It on Jan. 30. These days, Marshall says she tries to think of “the person first and the employee second” when making important decisions at the company.
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Wade definitely wasn’t born into money, growing up in the rough and tumble streets of Chicago. His parents split early on in his childhood — and Wade’s documentary sheds light on his mom’s troubles with drug addiction and father’s battle with alcohol. By the age of 16, Wade moved out of his father’s house and struck out on his own. His impressive skills on the court in high school brought him to Marquette for college. In 2003, Wade was drafted number five in the NBA draft by the Miami Heat. By the time of his final game in April 2019, Wade was a three-time champion with a ton of money in the bank. “I’m always about I don’t want to not be comfortable from the standpoint of what’s in my bank account. So let me not buy this,” says Wade.
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NBA Hall of Famer and current Clippers advisor, Jerry West, accepted the award on their behalf and made sure to thank the team’s newest superstars, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George before exiting the stage. “Those guys make our job easier,” said West of Leonard and Paul. “We’ve got a team that’s very representative of one of the best teams in the NBA, and we’re very hopeful that it will be a great end to our season this year.”
The sudden and tragic death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others, who all perished in a horrific helicopter crash on January 26, 2020, loomed over the event as a whole. Bryant was honored with a heartwarming video tribute during the event, and his former teammates Robert Horry and Derek Fisher, who Bryant played 20 seasons combined with, took the stage to tell their favorite stories and memories of their friend. Bryant was named the L.A. Sports Awards Sportsman of the Year recipient in 2008.
Storyline: Gianna Bryant Death
Things weren’t much better away from basketball. Nance had no energy. All he wanted to do was sleep. When he was awake, Nance battled stomach cramps and constantly found himself making trips to the bathroom. No matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t gain weight. His family knew something was up and took Nance to the Cleveland Clinic. It was there that Nance was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease — an inflammatory bowel disease that affects the digestive tract. The disease has no cure, but can go into remission with proper treatment. Over 3.1 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with IBD.
As he received treatment, Nance’s life improved both on and off the court. He played well enough to be selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the 2015 NBA draft. Two and a half seasons later, Nance was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was back in his hometown — the same place he decided he wasn’t going to quit. “I’m just thankful I didn’t, obviously,” Nance told Yahoo Sports.
(His sister) Casey can remember what Larry went through before he was diagnosed. To see him overcome that and play in the NBA sends a message Casey believes is worth passing along. “When Larry was diagnosed, I was actually away at college,” Casey said. “I was in my freshman year, and I just remember every time that I came home … that kid was getting less and less — he was less and less present. It was very interesting watching him go through that process. And while it was painful at times, it’s definitely worth it now to see him really achieve his dreams and goals. He is just proof that this condition or any chronic illness can’t stop you from reaching whatever your highest aspirations are and that stands for both personally and athletically. There’s nothing that you can’t accomplish.”
February 21, 2020 | 1:11 pm EST Update
For whatever reason, Indianapolis is a popular place to trash when a big event comes to town. Yahoo! Sports NBA’s LaJethro Jenkins became the most recent critic. A video was posted Thursday night by Jenkins with a plea to NBA commissioner Adam Silver to move the 2021 All-Star game along with a petition to relocate the game. Yahoo deleted the tweet, which included an expletive, a couple of hours later. The petition included the words: “It’s just a joke. The NBA couldn’t care less. Relax.” The petition has 16 signatures.
Hoosiers took matters into their own hands by creating a petition of their own requesting Jenkins and Yahoo Sports NBA be kept from attending the 2021 NBA All-Star game in Indianapolis. The petition, which has 196 signatures, asks the NBA to revoke their credentials and offers a parting shot of its own. “And if this triggers you, relax Mr. Jenkins & YahooSportsNBA. It’s just a joke”
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Some Celtics fans will not want to hear this, but Isaiah Thomas, who was waived by the Clippers, is not an option. Evan Turner, who is expected to have his contract bought out by the Timberwolves, struggled in limited minutes for Atlanta this year. But he could be a good break-glass-in-case-of-emergency possibility for the Celtics if there are multiple injuries during the playoffs, because he has shown he can play well in Stevens’s system.
Storyline: Isaiah Thomas Free Agency
There has been speculation for a possible increase in the buyout clauses of Campazzo’s contract after the Copa del Rey, something that his manager, Claudio Villanueva denied on Clarín. “It is by no means true that the club has increased the exit clause by the number being said. Nothing has changed”, Campazzo’s manager mentioned. According to Clarín, the exit clause in the Argentinean’s contact is estimated between 6 and 8 million dollars. That being said, the door to the NBA can still remain open for the 28-year-old guard.
“Once things slow down, after the Olympics, I have a decision to make,” he said. “It’s just being smart and that’s why the decision about going back to the NBA will be part of it. I want to be healthy for Tokyo.” Bogut made his return to the court after three games off with the Kings, resting his back ahead of the finals. The Kings, who led the table for the entire season, are the favourites to take out the league.
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