Community Basketball League’s Jamar Johnson wonders why sports, isn’t about playing anymore
With the NFL spiraling toward a lockout and million-dollar NBA teammates squabbling amongst themselves, Johnson is concerned with what the pros are teaching the rest of us about sports and sportsmanship.
"Some people just love to play, and they’d like to see if they can play at a competitive level and maybe even improve their game," said Johnson, organizer of the CBL, or Community Basketball Leagues (www.cblhoopsusa.com). "It seems like all the pro leagues, and even the colleges, like to focus on is hype, and good talent actually gets pushed away. In their hunt for the next Kobe or the next LeBron, they lose track of guys whose natural ability, teamwork and unselfishness would make them great additions. These are men and women who just love to play for the sake of the game, and it’s a shame that after college, only two percent of them ever get to play in the pros. It’s wrong that many of these talented athletes are prevented from making this game a part of their life after high school or college. Their competitive spirits and their talents need a place to shine."