Spencer Haywood Finally Gets His Hall of Fame Due

Today’s players, who en masse bolt college for the NBA before completing four years, likely had not ever heard of Spencer Haywood before he was finally added to the Basketball Hall of Fame this week. Not only should they know him, they should thank him.When Haywood was 19 and among the best players in the world, he left the University of Detroit after his sophomore season in 1969 for the ABA Denver Nuggets, the professional league that was an alternative to the NBA. He averaged 30 points and 19.5 rebounds as a rookie, which tells you about the skill set of the 6-foot-9 forward, and then signed with the Seattle Supersonics.But the NBA blocked the contract because the rule was that players had to have four years out of high school before playing in the league. Haywood stood firm with his convictions and sued, taking the case all the way to the Supreme Court in 1971.And he won in a landmark decision that eventually led to college underclassmen (and, later, high schoolers) being able to leave college early to join the NBA.Maybe it would have eventually happened—Spencer Haywood made it happen.He went on to be a celebrated star player, averaging 20.3 points and 10.3 rebounds over his pro career. He had four NBA all-star appearances. He also, at 19, led the U.S. to the gold medal in the 1968.But for 27 years, he was denied entry into the hallowed Hall. One never to shy away from sharing his accomplishments or how good he was, Haywood said before the announcement about the two dozen anonymous voters: “They should view my career in a total package. I have the Olympic career. I was the outstanding college player of the year. I won a high school championship. I went to the ABA, was Rookie of the Year, leading scorer, leading rebounder, player of the year and MVP of the All-Star game. I left the game afterSpencer Haywood was a force as a scorer and rebounder.14 years with 20 and 10. That’s pretty serious stuff there. I had a great career. And also, I went to the Supreme Court to have Haywood vs. the NBA. That rule has ushered in all of these players. The Jordans, the Magics, the Birds. All the way up to LeBron and Kobe and those guys today.”He was right, and the voters finally got it right, ushering him to a place deserving of someone who changed the game.At 65, the former University of Detroit star said he took the courageous step to challenge the NBA when he was not happy with a new coach hired at his college.“That’s when it first came into my mind that I can’t play (there). I said, what about (other talented players) who were lingering out there?’” Haywood said to nba.com. “They could play but couldn’t maintain the college life. George Gervin had just got kicked out of Eastern Michigan. I decided I’d fight it. I thought it would be a short fight.”It turned out to be a long fight, but one that impacted college and pro basketball from that moment forward.“Personally, I thought I was going to be in the Hall 27 years ago,” Haywood said. “But it never happens on Spencer time, and I have to surrender to it being on God’s time, which is really right on time.”It has been a long journey for Haywood, who grew up picking cotton, battled a cocaine addiction and public marriage and breakup with supermodel Iman.“My brothers and I, in between doing farm work, we played basketball in our bare feet with a rubber ball and sometimes with a sock,” he said of his upbringing to the Detroit News. “We’d put cotton in a sock and that was our ball. It wouldn’t bounce. You had to do imaginary bounces.“Basketball was my way out and, sure enough, it has been my way out. I’m just saying, the beauty of the game — that was my reward.” read more

VIDEO Watch Highlights From Wilmingtons 2nd Annual Special Olympics

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools held its 2nd Annual Special Olympics on Wednesday, May 2 at Wilmington High School.  Students of all ages and grades, from Wilmington and Burlington, participated in an assortment of track and field events and sports “skills & drills” stations.Wilmington Community Television was on hand to cover the event.Watch highlights from the opening ceremony and the games, plus brief words from:Event organizers Diana Hill and MaryLou McDonoughCommittee member Lisa Costantiello and sponsor Kevin ConnolllyWe’re One Wilmington partner Becky McGarthWilmington Interim Superintendent Paul RuggieroWilmington Assistant Superintendent Sean GallagherBurlington Superintendent Eric ContiState Representative Ken GordonWilmington School Committee member MJ ByrnesWatch the WHS Band and WHS Soundscape perform—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-west-1.dream.io/wilmington/f/9/8/c/3/a/f98c3a9d-0e97-48dc-8297-862cf596d3d91526588407.717%2B31371106.760%40castus4-wilmington%2B15266473631526646200483879.vod.720p.The%20Second%20Annual%20Special%20Olympics_%20May%202nd%2C%202018.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch Highlights From Wilmington’s 1st Annual Special OlympicsIn “Videos”News & Notes From WCTV: Wildcat TV After School Club Starting At Wilmington High SchoolIn “Community”Wilmington Public Schools 3rd Annual Special Olympics Set For May 1In “Education”last_img read more

Wilmington Middle School Students Invited To Youth Town Hall Meeting On June 17

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Substance Abuse Coalition is holding a Youth Town Hall for Wilmington middle school students on Monday, June 18, 2019 at 10am at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street).Participants will get a better understanding of current substance use trends (e.g., vaping, underage drinking) and how they can be addressed.  Participants will then create and host their own event about underage drinking and vaping through a grant provided by BSAS. Light refreshments will be provided.Please email Samantha Reif (sreif@wpd.org) to RSVP your child. In the email, please attach the permission slip below to participate. Any questions or concerns? Contact Samantha at 978-694-2064.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Substance Abuse Coalition To Hold Candlelight Vigil On September 29In “Community”Wilmington Public Schools Receives $13,000 Grant To Combat Vaping At High School & Middle SchoolIn “Community”Wilmington Substance Abuse Coalition To Hold Candlelight Vigil On September 17In “Community”last_img read more

European Commission Gives Final Seal of Approval to Copyright Law Overhaul

first_img Popular on Variety The European Commission, the European Union’s executive body, has approved a long-gestating major reform to copyright law, which had already been passed by the European Parliament last month.The overhaul contains two controversial provisions that will make online platforms liable for illegal uploading of copyright-protected content on their sites, as well as force Google, Facebook and other digital companies to pay publishers for press articles they post online.“With today’s agreement, we are making copyright rules fit for the digital age. Europe will now have clear rules that guarantee fair remuneration for creators, strong rights for users and responsibility for platforms,” said European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.According to the French newspaper Le Monde, six countries – Italy, Finland, Sweden, Luxembourg, Poland and the Netherlands – voted again the reform. As part of the reform, the E.U. also approved the digital single market reforms that aim at making it “easier for European broadcasters to make certain programs on their online services available across borders,” the E.U. said in a release.“When it comes to completing Europe’s digital single market, the copyright reform is the missing piece of the puzzle,” said Juncker.The copyright rules will be formally signed on Wednesday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, and the E.U. member states will have 24 months to enshrine the directive in their national legislation.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

A traveler at heart

first_imgAn ensemble of 20 of Singh’s acrylic and oil on canvas, the works reflect the artists’ observations of the three years spent in Dwarka in Delhi.Says Singh, ‘In 2007, we shifted base to a suburb of Delhi, where we spent three years. It was only then that the city life started impacting the canvas of my life. I often used the rickshaw ride till the metro line while on my way to my studio back then at Triveni Kala Sangam. On the way, the beauty of the sweeping movements of the shadows, the little conversations with the rickshawallah about their migration, their daily struggle, collectively evoked in me a strong desire to express their emotions.’ The first culmination of these visions was the Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Chalchalacha series.The second series Euphoria also showcased the hustle and bustle of the city where birds were the metaphors for people. Chalat Musafir combines the experiences of both the exhibitions and brings a beautiful amalgamation of the artists’ experiences. The wistful canvasses perhaps emerge from her colorful real-life encounters.Her daily rickshaw ride seems to serve as the metaphor for her canvas which beautifully shows the rickshaw in the circle of life. There are undercurrents of urban angst, street life and familiar objects in the gender sensitive ethos of her work. The tea pot flying above the civilization perhaps shows the constant yearning of the urbane civilization to fly away from reality. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe process of producing these oils on canvas is a tedious one. Singh initially captures images on camera for study, deconstructs using computer graphics and finally re-creates them as paintings, diligently composed in layers of oil paints that also endow the work with a distinct and subtle texture. The show will stay continued at – Gallery Artspeaks India, New Delhi from 11 January to 23 January 2014.WHEN: 27 December 2013 – 8 January, 2014, 11 pm to 8 Pm WHERE: Azad Bhawan Art Gallery, ICCR, Azad Bahwan, IP Estatelast_img read more

Sunwing slashes prices of Varadero packages adds 2nd destination from MontJoli

first_img TORONTO — Cuba is ready to welcome tourists once again following hurricane season, and to hammer this point home to agents, Sunwing is offering “massive savings” of up to 50% on Varadero resorts, plus double STAR points on all new Cuba bookings.The 50% discount applies to a wide selection of vacation packages to Varadero’s top-rated resorts, if booked by Oct. 13. Double STAR points, which convert to cash, can be earned on Cuba bookings made by Oct. 27.Depending on the resort they select, vacationers can also enjoy a number of exclusive perks, from Kids Stay, Play and Eat FRE deals to spa discounts and unlimited à la carte dining.Popular among families are Grand Memories Varadero, which offers character meet and greets with Toopy and Binoo, Starfish Varadero, located minutes from downtown Varadero, and Iberostar Bella Vista, which boasts an on-site waterpark, extensive pool complex and well-equipped fitness centre.Sunwing has also added a second travel option from Mont-Joli, which comes on the heels of the announcement that it would be introducing flight service from Mont-Joli to Punta Cana. Now, travellers can also take advantage of a convenient weekly flight service to Cancun (connecting in Montreal).More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Both flight options are available weekly from Dec. 21, 2017 until March 22, 2018, inclusive.“Cancun and Punta Cana are two of our most popular vacation destinations, so we are excited to be offering residents in the Bas St-Laurent region both these getaway options during our inaugural season at Mont-Joli,” said Sam Char, Executive Director of Sunwing Vacations Quebec.Travellers that opt for the new Cancun flight service could also be amongst the first guests to experience the new Riu Dunamar when it opens later this year. This family-friendly resort offers a complimentary RiuLand Kids Club, varied gourmet and à la carte dining options, all day entertainment and complimentary watersports.Another popular choice for families is the Grand Sunset Princess All Suites and Spa Resort in Riviera Maya, a beachfront property with luxurious accommodations, complimentary kids club and included activities like archery, kayaking and snorkelling. A week’s stay starts from $1,545 per person, including taxes, based on two people sharing a Junior Suite on an all-inclusive basis, and departing from Mont-Joli on Jan. 11, 2018. Friday, October 6, 2017 Posted by Tags: Cuba, Sunwing Sunwing slashes prices of Varadero packages, adds 2nd destination from Mont-Jolicenter_img Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more