Quote by Momentun: "no strong male figure in their lives. And a mother who loved them dearly but was just too tired to handle all them kids."
Nothing but the truth.
99% of today's NBA players and past players had the very same issues growing up with no or a strong father figure in my community and players who had all the physical gifts who could not be stopped in high school and if they made it to college if the streets didn't get them first, they were totally undisciplined, angry at the world and while in college, could not make he adjust to college life going to class and getting good grades because they barely made it out of high school.
It also pains me to see NBA players who make huge fortunes like former NBA superstars like Allen Iverson ($250 million plus in salary and endorsements over 13 seasons) and Antoine Walker ($110 million plus in 15 years) and end up totally broke filing for bankruptcy and Iverson, a first ballot hall of famer. hasn't been out of the league for 5 years.
I read articles about Iverson and his serious drinking and gambling problem losing hundreds of thousands at casinos regularly that also included permanent banishment from all casinos in Atlantic City.
Also, a jeweler sued him for $500,000 for jewelry he got on credit and Iverson after almost every game he played on the road during the season, would buy brand new clothes spending thousands and after the game, would just leave all the expensive clothes he just bought behind in the hotel room.
For Iverson, his downfall is exceptionally hard.
He's financially broke and because of his thuggish attitude that he first immortalized in the NBA, created a basketball lifestyle and carried his "I don't give a damn" ego for his entire career, he burned all his bridges with the NBA front office and NBA head coaches.
The NBA has totally shunned him and politically shut him out from the NBA coaching ranks and the TV sports basketball expert/announcer's booth.
Antoine Walker who also had a seious gambling problem, said in a ESPN interview a few years ago that he would just give his entourage and his homies a few of his unlimited credit, "Black" credit cards and they were permitted by him to do whatever and buy anything they wanted.
Cars, clothes, jewelry, trips etc........it didn't matter because according to him, he was only "taking care of the people who took care of him."
According to stats and on average, the average NBA, NFL and MLB player will go broke and file for bankruptcy only 5 years after retiring from their sport.
A few with exceptional talent and skill just like the ones who didn't make it like Hook Mitchell may make it to the pros but on the very back end, they actually didn't make it.
I wish that constant vicious cycle on both ends would that leads to eventual failure would somehow and someday just stop.
They have to wake up and wise up.