Bad Luck For ‘Great’ Athlete

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Updated: October 11, 2007

LUCK FOR ‘GREAT’ ATHLETE

ETAN THOMAS’ BOOK

Thursday yesterday

Washington Wizard’s

Center Etan Thomas

had Emergency

Heart Surgery

It was the last thing this very successful 29 year old athlete would have expected. But things happen. In this case they happened to one of the most praise worthy African American athletes around. Although it is not all that widely known Thomas should be the Role Model for ALL current Black athletes.

IF he were this would

be a very very different

world or at least a very

different Sports Culture

and Black athletes

playing a far richer role

Too Bad. Very very bad it took a leaking aortic heart value discovered in a pre-training camp physical that proved far more dangerous than initially thought to get Etan Thomas the kind of attention he deserves that is making more of us aware of his very well rounded life far beyond the Hardwood.

Leading the way is Thomas’

critically praised book of

poetry about Real Life

and the companion

spoken word CD

( a steal at under $ 15 at Amazon )

Beyond his poetry here is a brief list of his other activities in addition to playing outstanding Basketball in his 6 previous seasons while sharing the Wizards’ Center job with Brendan Hatwood, As Sports Illustrated notes ” Thomas also is known as a community activist and poet. He released a book of poems titled More Than An Athlete in 2005 and is active with the Boys and Girls Club, the Democratic National Committee, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Congressional Black Caucus and Rock the Vote.”

Let’s repeat that …..

” Thomas also is known as a community activist and poet. He released a book of poems titled More Than An Athlete in 2005 and is active with the Boys and Girls Club, the Democratic National Committee, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Congressional Black Caucus and Rock the Vote.”

There may be no other

African America athletes

in Basketball or any Sport

with a Resume like this

We will use the Box to wish Etan Thomas the Full and Speedy Recovery he deserves and a quick return to the Hardwood and ALL his other many activities by presenting some of the reviews of his book and life as our tribute ……

first a brief description of his book

” Etan Thomas is More Than An Athlete. In this, his first collection of poem, Thomas defies the stereotype of the a-political athlete, and plants his roots in his budding literary career. With the conviction of a Bill Russell and the poetic finesse of Muhammed Ali,.”

” Thomas takes on controversial topics, such as, The Death Penalty, The GOP, racism and abortion. A great read for young people, Thomas speaks to the conscience of youth, with poems like, Sesame Street, and Toys R Us Kids. The center for the NBA’s Washington Wizards, this collection is slam-dunk in the faces of those who say poetry belongs to one type of audience.”

” The beautifully produced CD that accompanies the book is a journey from 18th century classic, to jazz and Hip Hop. Scored by award-winning producer, Kenyatta Poole, the soundtrack to the poetry collection is just as impactful as the read.”

and some reviews …..

” This book is truly amazing! I happened to see this book mentioned in Sports Illustrated and decided to take a chance on reading what Etan had to say. I was so impressed that I plan on buying several copies and giving them out to friends and family. I think it should be required reading! Its an eye opener & then some!!”

” Etan is no gimmick! He raises your level of conscious awareness, he educates & feeds food to your mind as well. I am very proud to have this book, I can’t begin to tell you how inspired this book makes me feel. Etan clearly has tremendous talent outside of his basketball abilities. His poems are thought provoking and readily hits home with our society and current affairs. He is on point with so many issues,”

“I wish more athletes took a stand like Etan does. I am very proud of the messages that are in his poems. He has unlimited potential as a poet, please read this book, he truly is more than an athlete. All I can say is give me more!! I will be watching & following this man’s career. He is destined for a higher calling. It needs to be said, Thank You Etan!!”

and this …..

” This book is so awesome!!! If you are one of those people who are afraid of hearing the truth, then you probably won’t like it. However, if you enjoy poetry that truthfully discusses the real issues of the world today, then this is the book for you! The Wizards forward/center discusses everything from abuse, the war, and abortion, to the death penalty, bullying, and religion. But then there are also some very heartfelt poems such as “My Heritage” (with guest poet/actor Julian Thomas) that talks about his West Indian roots. You will not be disappointed by this collection. It is something that teens and adults will be discussing for years to come.”

and it is worth one more ….

” More Than An Athlete is a beautiful collection of poetry, and the scored cd is amazing. This is what poetry and music should sound like. Hope to see it win a Spoken Word Grammy! Congratulations to Etan Thomas for not being afraid to be a poet, and an NBA athlete. The murder that murder produced is very powerful and so is “The Field Trip,” and Toys R Us Kid.” If you love poetry and politics, buy this collection! ”

do yourself a Favor

BUY THIS BOOK

( get the CD included )

ETAN THOMAS

really truly is

” More Than An Athlete ”

in so many ways all the

other Athletes should be

but almost none are

ETAN THOMAS

Very Best Wishes for

Your Full Recovery

you deserve no less

Whenever you want to reach us with comments or better yet an idea for a topic for the Box ……. blackbox@blackathlete.net

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